The last week of June, went by in a “SPLASH” as campers at the Train learned and practiced skills they could use when they are unplugged, exploring the outdoors. Whether it was skills used to survive in the wilderness or enjoying the outdoors safely, by the end of the week, campers and staff alike were ready for a long Fourth of July holiday exploring the front and back country of Colorado!
On Monday, we focused on teamwork. In any outdoor situation, campers learned the importance of working together. Campers had to accomplish challenges and tasks while working and communicating with their team. With some partner groups clicking right away and easily completed the tasks!
Tuesday, we focused on the principles of Leave No Trace. All day, whether we were on land or in the water, campers thought of ways that we can enjoy the environment without negatively impacting the plants, animals, and other park users. Through fun games & looking for critters in the Creek we made sure to take extra care to leave no trace!
We switched gears on Wednesday, getting campers down on the ground to further explore how our environment can help us stay safe while adventuring in the outdoors. The day included, learning about Colorado animals and making guide books. Afterwords, gaining knowledge of forged foods in the state and finding critters during Critter Crawl.
With scorching temperatures, Thursday was the perfect day for water activities. One of the best ways to stay safe in your environment, is to stay hydrated and cool down. For some campers, today was their first time rafting and even for the experienced paddlers, the highlight of their day! We also had a special guest, from Denver Parks and Recreation, came into teach us about all of the cool animals we can find in our park! Other activities, included build their own “mini” survival hut and cooling off with the ever popular game, “Drip, Drip, Drop”. Even with the heat, we were all feeling cooled down and happy throughout the day.
By Friday, campers and staff alike, were raring to get outdoors and use their newly specialized skills! There was still one especially relevant topic to cover- fire! This fire season has been a vibrant one, and there was no lack of discussion with campers about this fascinating but dangerous phenomenon. Campers learned about the Fire Triangle- oxygen, heat & fuel- the three ingredients that all fires need! They also learned some "camping hacks" like making a lantern for the times when fire bans are in effect, or how to use the sun to tell time! SPREE hopes everyone enjoyed their holiday- and were able to get outside to explore our City!