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Friday, June 12, 2015

Girls Go Camping As Part of Wellness Class

At the end of May, the Girls Wellness class went camping with their teacher and advisor Ms. Ariela Robinson. Camping was definitely an experience like no other. It all began once we arrived to the campsite located in Barryville, NY. Our first task once we arrived was to collect as much wood as we could find to start the fire. Then, we used various art supplies to create our journals. These journals would be used to write down our thoughts, experiences, and whatever connections we felt with nature. We were told to answer prompts such as "choose one aspect of nature and write as if you are that form of nature. What would you want to say to humans?"
Once we finished creating our journals we did something very unusual. After a seminar and discussion on the purpose of clothing and how society places importance on clothing, we took various pieces of fabric and dressed up some trees. It was a learning experience to strip the trees of their nature and bring them into our views on fabric, clothing, modesty, and society. 
After undressing the trees, we began to prepare dinner. Dinner consisted of a nice barbecue meal all made on fire. We made corn on the cob, chicken, hamburgers, and then to top it all off, we even made smores! We sat around the campfire for hours talking about random topics and enjoying each other's company until the wee hours of the night.

The next morning, we woke up and prayed a meaningful prayer near the beautiful river and made eggs on the fire. Then, we embarked on a 7 mile kayaking trip through the Delaware River. Those 5 hours spent kayaking was definitely a challenge yet a very fun and adventurous learning experience. 
Leaving the campsite was very difficult due to the amazing memories that the Wellness girls all shared and which we will forever cherish. ~Rivi Saad