Tents, Fires without Matches, Hiking Food, and so much more!

The constant rain did not deter the Endurance group from having a great time today. We started in the gym pitching tents, both 2-3 man and 3-4 man tents. Of course we did not use stakes, but their freestanding feature made this fact irrelevant. We then had a discussion on packing equipment and planning meals for hiking trips. Campers made a menu and equipment list for a four day hiking trip. They found out that hotdogs will not be very edible after a 4 day hike with no ice so they are Lucky that they are be able to buy dehydrated food if necessary. Next the campers learned about hiking stoves then boiled water on the hiking stove and made three dehydrated meals: chicken and rice, chili mac and beef, and raspberry cobbler. They were delicious! Finally, the campers learned how to use a sparker and flint with steel wool and bark to make fires. Due to the rain, we had to cook our last s’mores on camp stoves.

What an excellent week! Everyone learned a lot, developed nice teamwork skills, and will be better suited to survive in the wilderness.

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About bguzzetta

I am a middle school math and science teacher at Allendale Columbia School. Technology and the outdoors are integral parts of my curriculum. I love outdoor activities, which I enjoy with my family. I have always felt that students should be exposed to global research, and am very excited to be bringing this to my students with the support of school. Therefore, I have embarked on a journey that includes a collaboration between myself, the Seneca Park Zoo, the Smithsonian Institute, and National Geographic's photographer David Liittschwager. Sports have always been part of my life, and I am the current Girls Vice President for the Rochester District Youth Soccer League.
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