The best way to avoid the afternoon heat? Get out of it.
We ended Outdoor Adventure Camp 2014 with a group of eager kids from the Vestal Boys & Girls Club.
We caught up with the group dip-netting for tadpoles and newts, practicing how to set up a tent quickly, a simulated backcountry rescue and a team canoe relay race. Don't worry the victims were camp counselors only pretending to be lost and hurt.
Outdoor Adventure Camp is a confidence builder. It's a new program for Ijams and it's made possible with the help of these generous partners:
• West Knoxville Sertoma Club
• Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley
• Grassroots Outdoor Alliance
• Horny Toad Activewear
• Pelican International
• River Sports Outfitters
Additional food and funding provided by:
• South Knoxville Alliance
Ijams offers camp scholarships for kids in traditionally under-served communities. After the first four weeks we've seen kids from Walter P. Taylor, Western Heights, Middlebrook, North Ridge Crossing, Halls/Powell and Haslam, Norwood, Montgomery Village and Vestal Boys and Girls Club.
Here's some highlights of week eight:
- Jennifer Roder. Story and photos by Stephen Lyn Bales.
|Finding a fossil is worth 100 points in the team scavenger hunt! (Photo suggested by Kasey Sumeriski)|
Dip-netting for tadpoles and newts.
Setting up a proper tent class with Todd
Practicing backcountry rescue with Chris.
Kasey and Abe organizes team canoe race
|The two judges are in place.|
Last good-byes of summer
|And the last bus of summer leaves.|