The kids, mostly from northwest Washington, DC, swam in the North Fork River, hiked to the summit of Spruce Knob, and practiced their wilderness survival skills. By the end of the program, everyone was able to get a fire going in under five minutes.
In the top photograph, a girl holds a Red Spotted Newt that had been basking in the shade of the Spruce trees. In the lower photograph, the students assemble an emergency debris shelter with sticks and leaves. The students pulled together in great ways - orienteering, cooking, and solving problems as a team.
Richard, one of the group's chaperones, came to The Mountain Institute as a fifth grader. It would be great to see some of these kids come back one day too.