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Adventures in Camping

Day 1

Learning Objective: students will reflect on what inspires them to experience the outdoors and what they enjoy most about camping. We will discuss our preparations for a sample outing and begin making a checklist of basic items to pack.

Materials Needed

  • Article Reference Link:

  • Reference link to a sample packing checklist

Activity: introduction to camping in the great outdoors, ‘packing and planning.’ Discussion of what we enjoy most about camping and what inspires us to be in the wilderness. Begin planning for our outdoor adventure and choosing our campsite. Begin preparations for our camp outing. What are the variables we need to consider, such as the weather, the type of campground we plan to visit and what options are available in the local area. We will start a checklist together and use a reference link as our guide. Students can continue building their checklist for an optional activity to share in the afternoon learning lab.

Day 2

Learning Objective: students will learn about the importance of building a shelter in wilderness situations. We will review the different varieties of shelters and camping tents and basic set-up procedures.

Materials Needed: article reference links to the following shelter building resources

  • Tent Building Instructions:

  • Primitive shelter techniques

  • Popsicle Stick tent craft activity

  • Material list from learning kit: 20 popsicle skill sticks (notched) & Braille/Print instructions

  • Click on activity link for instructions: Popsicle Stick Tent Shelter

Activity: begin with an introduction to the 7 priorities of wilderness survival and the high importance of building a shelter as one of the first goals to accomplish in camping or wilderness situations. Introduction to shelter building techniques. Learn about the different types of tents and review instructions for a quick and successful tent set-up. Follow up with a demonstration of a model tent building activity with popsicle sticks in the afternoon learning lab.

Day 3

Learning Objective: students will learn and discuss strategies to find sources of freshwater in the wilderness and learn techniques of filtering water, using elements found in natural settings.

Materials Needed: Wilderness Water Filtration Science Activity

  • Material list from learning kit: 1 empty water bottle, 2 coffee filters, 2 baggies of play sand, 2 baggies of pebbles, 1 baggie of cotton balls & Braille/Print Instructions

  • Click on Activity Link for instructions with images: Wilderness Water Filtration Activity - Images

Activity: learn about the importance of acquiring clean, fresh water in the wilderness. Discuss strategies and techniques to find different sources of freshwater in nature. Learn about principles of water filtration, that can be used with elements found in nature. Follow up with a demonstration of the water filtration activity in the afternoon learning lab.

Day 4

Learning Objective: learn to plan and prepare a basic checklist for a day hike into the woods. Discover the inspiring story of Erik Weihenmayer’s climbing adventure to the top of Mt. Everest.

Materials Needed: Learn about the basics of hiking in the outdoors. Get ready for a day trek into the woods and learn to prepare and plan for your next hike. We will start a day hike planning checklist and use a reference link as our guide.

We will also discover together, the inspiring story of Erik Weihenmayer, and his journey to the top of Mt. Everest. In 2001, Erik became the first blind person to climb to the peak of Everest, which also completed his 7 year journey to reach all of the ‘Seven Summits’ of the world. Erik is a talented climber, kayaker and skilled motivational speaker who has inspired millions with his achievements and invincible spirit.

Activity: day hiking readiness checklist: DAY HIKING CHECKLIST

  • Follow the journey of Erik Weihenmayer and his ‘Stair climb to Everest.’

Day 5

Learning Objective: learn about some of the basic cooking methods used in outdoor camping and tips for safe outdoor cooking.

Materials Needed:

  • Wilderness Fire Safety Guide

  • Outdoor & Camp Cooking Guide:

Activity: learn and discuss together some of the most effective ways to safely cook meals outside. First, we will check in with the fire safety guide from ‘Smokey the Bear’ and the link provided by the U.S. Forest Service. Next, we will begin preparations for our camp cookout. We will first consider some of the variables that are presented at different campgrounds and natural settings. We will then start a checklist together of packing essential cooking gear and food ingredients. Students can continue building their checklist for an optional activity to share in the afternoon learning lab. We will also share some favorite, basic recipes used in camp, as well as some different cooking techniques, such as roasting marshmallows.