|Camp Echo Valley's Main Lodge|
|Alyssa's Cabin "The 80's Ladies|
This year was Alyssa's turn to go. Heather went with Ashley 3 years ago, and I called dibs back then so I could go with Alyssa. I signed up as a parent volunteer and was assigned to help a teacher, Ms. Castaneda, with the Rocketry class.
I think the main reason I wanted to go as a volunteer was because I was so jealous of my kids. These kids are so lucky to get to go to camp as part of their school curriculum, about the coolest activity I ever got to do in 6th grade was passing out in the lunch line.
|Alyssa and her Student Leader making a rocket|
Unfortunately the rocketry class did not involve any solid fuel powered rockets as I had hoped, nor any other form of combustible fuel, but it was a lot of fun anyhow. Ms. Castaneda taught the kids about Newton's Laws of Motion and basic principles of rockets then we showed them how to build their own rockets with paper and glue. The kids then set to work building and we launched them using compressed air. We had competitions for distance and altitude.
|The girls destroyed the boys in nearly all the class distance competitions|
It was tons of fun working with the kids but 30 6th grade boys in one group was very trying on my patience. I came away with a great respect for the teachers that work with these kids all day long, it is exhausting.
Other classes the kids had at camp included; water studies, canoeing and fishing, geocaching, nature hike, crafts, and team-building games. Each night there were skits and camp songs, and the last night they had a t-shirt signing and dance.
|Is it really camp if you don't canoe?|
|Running away is fun to do|
|Future nuclear physicist practice their uranium handling skills|
|The ground, ack, it's lava!|
|Kendall Elementary BOA 2010|
|High School Student Leaders|
|T-Shirt Signing and Dance|
Alyssa tells me she LOVED BOA. Her favorite activity was the nature hike, which make me very happy as a dad. I love to hike and I have tried (although not nearly often enough) to share my love for nature with my children. Thanks to the school for making this possible and helping me in my job to teach my children to love our world.
An extra special thank you goes to the HEB Foundation Camps who allow the school to use their beautiful campground near Leakey, Texas.
|Echo Valley Campground and HEB Foundation Camp|