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Fifth Graders Get Back to Nature

April 3, 2017

By Zoe K.

On March 13, most fifth graders were at school so early it was still dark outside. It was time for the traditional fifth grade educational overnight camping trip. Everybody was excited as they got into the charter buses that took us to the Sierra Outdoor School near Columbia, California.

After about three hours, we finally arrived, and the views around the school were awesome. There was a lot of greenery and tall trees everywhere. The camp staff split us into four groups for the different activities we would be doing. After this, the boys and girls took their things to their cabins. This was fun because we got to choose our bunk buddies and whether we wanted to sleep on the top or bottom bunk.

Every day was busy, starting off early and ending late, but always fun. Our day started at 7:00 a.m. and ended at 9:30 p.m.

There was a big dining hall and we had to take turns setting up for people to eat or cleaning up.

There were many classes out in nature We talked about trees, practiced wilderness skills, and learned about Earth and our galaxy. One of my favorite things was the Silent Mile, because we got to go into nature by ourselves and enjoy the many sights and sounds on the trail by a stream.

There was also a class on owl pellets. I won’t spoil it for you; I’ll just say it was gross and fun. We also had campfires and Mountain Madness. I wish there would have been more days. I hope the current fourth graders get to experience it next year because it was educational and so much fun.

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