In my eighth grade year, my class went camping in a place in Occidental, California. It was called the CYO Camp; CYO stands for Catholic Youth Organization. This was my first time going to a camp, sleeping somewhere away from my home. The camp took four days. I thought four days would be long, but it went by fast since I had so much fun!
When it was time to go to Occidental, everybody hopped on the bus and started to say goodbye to our parents. I was scared but at the same time excited! When we arrived to our camping area, right away, I could smell the fresh air and the tall redwood trees. I looked around from left to right and I saw wonderful views! Then the CYO Camp staff members came to us and introduced themselves.
During my stay in Occidental, there were so many activities to do there! There was so many electives; swimming, canoeing, archery, arts & crafts, and many more! I did archery and canoeing for the very first time!
Every night my whole class gathered for night activities. My favorite night activity was the campfire. In the campfire we sang many silly songs that were so fun and hilarious! At the end of the campfire we made smores! It was my first time making and tasting smores, it was so delicious!
My favorite afternoon activity was hiking along the challenge course. It was called a challenge course, because whenever my group leader says to stop in a place there was always challenge for us to do. We did four challenges; walking sticks, spider web, grape vine, and whale watcher. The challenges we did was so enjoyable! We had to achieve a challenge by using teamwork and encouraging others.
I also learned how to build a fire in an activity called fire quest. I learned that there are three different structures to build a fire: a tepee, log cabin, and lean-to. I made a tepee structure!
In the camp we had some responsibilities like at home. We had to clean our cabins, make our beds, and clean up after we ate. To make it fun, they would always have a competition of whose cabin is the cleanest!
CYO Camp was meant to be an outdoor environmental education. It was very educational. The CYO Camp staff members taught us how to go green and go blue! To go green is like composting, and to go blue is to save water by taking short showers. They also told us too try not to waste food. I also learned about how our eyes work at night during night hike. I learned that the lake near the camping area was healthy and had clean water. I also learned about different types of trees and the animals’ environment.
I had a great trip, because I did fun activities that I cannot do at home. I also learned how to go blue and go green in many different ways. If I had a chance to do this again I would be grateful and have fun! I will never forget this experience because this is one of the things that only happen once.
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