Creating Memories at WOLF Camp
On Wednesday, September 2, eager students entered Turning Point School ready to embark on a Middle School adventure that would create memories to last a lifetime.
Sleeping bags, pillows, duffle bags, and suitcases adorned the grassy area early Wednesday morning. The upstairs hallway was filled with new and returning students eager to board buses and head to the Malibu Mountains. "Will there be showers?" "Is the food good?" "What time is lights out?" These were just a few of the questions that needed answering. Leaving Turning Point right on time, faculty and students enjoyed a bumpy ride down the 10 Freeway and headed smoothly onto the PCH. We arrived at WOLF camp in time for introductions and Trail Group teambuilding. Different groups headed up to higher points on the mountain, quiet shady areas, or wide open spaces to get to know one another and learn how to use the wilderness surroundings for their survival. After a much needed but brief afternoon rest, students were put to the test. They participated in sensory awareness activities at night ranging from stellar navigation to bat and moth blindfold games.
Thursday began with brave campers hiking up the mountain at 7 am. All the participants returned hungry and devoured their justly deserved breakfast plates! The fun continued with Trail Groups participating in beach hikes, slingshot challenges, blindfolded string mazes, and other "trust" building activities. Once lunch gave campers an energy boost, they were ready to visit the Primitive Village. The Primitive Life experience comprised hot stone cooking, wikkiups, archery, tomahawks, medicine bag making, shell drilling for jewelry making, and the infamous dream catchers. As nightfall approached, campers headed indoors for an animal presentation by Wildworks followed by a campfire celebration filled with group skits and s'mores!
Friday morning was bittersweet, marking the conclusion of camp, yet filled with memorable events. Level 8 students conquered fears and demonstrated excellent partner skills on the high ropes events. From climbing on the Giant's Ladder to taking the Leap of Faith, Level 8 students demonstrated that they possess the power to conquer all challenges. Level 6 and 7 students took on fun and challenging group games that kept everyone engaged. WOLF camp staff reminded us what group unity was all about. The closing circle allowed everyone to express their gratitude towards individuals and the camp as a whole.
This Middle School adventure marks only the beginning of a great year ahead! Cheers!