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Week II Summer 2018

Noah Winslow, July 9, 2018

Raven Camp's Fan Wing Feathers and Wedge Tails

Raven Campers embraced their creative side when they stepped into the woods this week. Mysterious wonders were discovered like primitive instruments! Music and storytelling was a large part of this camp as many legends about mystical and magical beings were passed down to the campers. On the last day of camp, the Ravens put on a play and circus celebration for all of the other campers at 4-H Acres. In the play, the circus performers lost their fire and could not perform anymore. The Raven helped them on their journey to return their flame!

A member of the Wedge Tails has his face painted with pigments found on rocks in a creek-bed at 4-H Acres.

Members of the Fan-wing Feathers look for crayfish in a creek at 4H Acres.

Ravens play "Keeper of the Keys" in the Hemlocks at 4-H Acres (campers attempt to steal the orange bandana without making any sound!)

Martha, tells a story at Turkey Knoll

Raven's campers perform a play for all of the other campers during their last day of celebration

The Raven laughs during the final play performance

Growing Wild's Grasshoppers and Crickets

Campers drew inspiration from the songs of nature all throughout their week. Singing with their own voices, or learning to mimic and identify birds like the Phoebe, Robin and Chickadee in the woods, they attuned their ears back to a natural frequency. Each day, campers focused on different sounds coming from the earth, water, fire and air.

A Growing Wild camper sings and follows along with the beat during closing circle at Trillium Camp on the last day of camp.

A camper mimics bird calls he hears in the forest around him at Turkey Knoll at 4-H Acres.

Lilly, smiles with a Growing Wild camper during closing circle at Trillium Camp.

Forest Archers

This week, the Forest Archers honed their skills with an age old tool, the bow and arrow. In the woodland setting of 4-H Acres, campers discovered golden feathers dropped by the forest guardian that made their arrows fly true (with practice, of course). The campers had to earn their arrows by sneaking through an obstacle course as silent and still as possible. It was discovered that archery can be used for more than just hunting, it can be used as a tool for building overall awareness.

The Forest Archers earn their arrows by moving as quiet as possible through an obstacle course at 4-H Acres.

A Forest Archer listens carefully to instructions before shooting her arrow at a target downrange.

Invisible Ones: Red and Grey Foxes

The Invisible Ones practiced primitive scouting techniques all week long. Campers camouflaged their bodies with clay, mud, leaves and charcoal and set off on scouting missions all over 4-H Acres from their base in the Hemlocks. They practiced awareness skills by using their owl eyes and deer ears while scouting other clans in the forest. Campers also practiced looking up while still trying to move silently through the woods to understand how a predator might stalk its prey in the wild.

The Red Foxes listen to their counselor, April as she goes over the plan for their next scouting mission (sneaking up on the Raven's campers!).

An "Invisible" Red Fox peers through the brush to scout the Raven's Camp.

The Gray Foxes feed the flame during their fire building challenge!

Hidden Trails

Discovery was the name of the game all week long as campers found countless treasures in the woods like apples and magical clues. Campers uncovered abilities within themselves like the ability to sneak through the woods undetected, work together to win games and solve problems, and practice walking as quietly as possible on many different terrains like trails and creeks. On the last day of camp, both groups came together at Village Camp to play a big firewood collection game and build a fire for lunch where they baked apples with cinnamon, honey and raisins.

Hidden Trails campers embark on a trek to the Beaver Pond at 4-H Acres.

Jet initiates a camper as a Gray Squirrel during opening circle on Monday.

Hidden Trails campers camouflage their bodies with leaves, clay and dirt before a scouting mission at the Creek.

Hidden Trails Campers play "Weasel Tree" at Village Camp

A Hidden Trails camper comes out of her hiding place in a scout pit after being spotted!

River Scouts:

The River Scouts explored waterways on foot and by canoe all around Ithaca this week! Meeting bright and early every morning at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, campers piled into the van and journeyed to Lick Brook, Roy H. Park Preserve, and canoed on Cayuga Lake on Thursday and Friday. The campers focused on exploring waterways and found the new perspective (along with the cold water on the hot days) very refreshing.

Paddling through the Cayuga Lake Inlet at the beginning of the day's adventure.

A River Scout, laughs off a near collision with Bobby's canoe.

Campers take in the view as they venture into Cayuga Lake.

Week 2 was a big success all around!

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