Every 6th grader poured into the school parking lot on May 2nd, 2010 at 8:45. Everybody was ready to go on our 6th grade field trip to Camp Oty Okwa. We were all so excited about this place. Mr. McGuire and Mrs. Griffey has been telling us about this wonderful place. And if it is what it sounded like it was going to be the best thing I did all year.
I’ve heard about Camp for at least 3 years now from when my sisters went, and by the way the tell the story the make this place sound awesome. Like when they said the fat man squeeze to go down (I didn’t rely know what that meant but.) Also to listen to Willow he will make some rely good points!
So now every 6th grader at Laurelville was on a bus driven by Brenda, and singing songs. Like, a couple of the songs we sang are; The Wheels On The Bus, Firework by Katy Perry and Grenade by Bruno Mars. After a while you could tell Brenda wasn’t to pleased with our horrible singing. And it kinda got annoying.
Finally once the singing was over we pulled in to Camp Oty Okwa. Everyone was so excited they just all piled up by the windows, to get a great view of this beautiful place. As soon as the doors of the bus opened up all the kids poured out like water busting out of a dam. Everybody was so stunned about this place.
As soon as every one got off the bus we had to get our bags off the horse trailer and go into our lodge. Girls had upstairs and boys had down stairs. When I walked in the lodge I was stunned by how many bunk-beds there were. I say there were at least 28 bunk-beds and 3 showers and 2 bathrooms.
Me and Belle went to the far wall and picked a bunk beside the window. Belle got on the top and I got the bottom. I was still trying to get settled in before everybody pulled out a camera. I didn’t fell like putting anything away so I slid my stuff under the bunk-bed.
Then we all went into a big circle in the middle of the grass field where Willow mad us yell “I AM THE CHI MASTER”, 3 times. I’m not really sure why he did that but it was fun. Then Willow called out the groups, my group was ;Megan B., Stephen D., Tyler W., Mark S., Austin P., Rhianna L., Ashlee J., Chase W., and Me. We all went to lunch where they served hamburgers.
Next we sprinted our way with Kristen to Initiatives where we played a couple games. On our way to the games we had to hold hands and make a circle. At first everyone was like “yuck” I don’t want to hold hands with a boy. But at the end of our journey with Kristen everyone was like can we do the cirlce again! My favorite game was the Spider Web. The Spider Web was a couple ropes tied together to look like a web and you have to get through the ropes without touching them. everyone made it though eventually. But it was a fun experience working together. For example, when it was my turn to go though Stephen offered to get down on his hands and knees and let me stand on his back jump through. I thought that was really unselfish. He could of made someone else like Austin do that but he volunteered to let us, so we did.
Then we headed up to have lunch which was Hamburgers and French fries.. We always have dinner lunch and breakfast conversations. But Chase would not talk along with Tyler and Mark.
On the first afternoon we had to learn how to do paces in order to find the location of our colored flags. It was fun working together to find where the flags were. There were 5 groups of 2 working together to find where the flags where and reading about the bugs that were on the front.
Then we had about 30 minutes to play some different games in the gym. At first I was playing basketball, then I seen Megan take off running down the hill and slide in the mud at the bottom. I thought that looked really fun, so I joined her. So I took off running and slide in the mud. It didn’t hurt to bad so I did it again and again until I was covered in mud. I even went head first a couple times.
Then it was off to dinner, I didn’t even have time to change so I left my muddy clothing on and went to the dining hall. Mark was the hopper and he had to make and clean the tables. We had chicken and mashed potato’s for dinner. Once again we had our conversations about what they thought about camp but Tyler, Mark and Chase wouldn’t talk.
That night I took a shower, then got my PJs on. Then Alison, Sara and I started a conversation. About an hour later, I got to tired and fell asleep. That morning everybody was staring at me, I didn’t have clue what they were staring at until Sara petted my hair. I was like ohhhh Geeez. Not the hair again. IT WAS A POOF BALL. I didn’t even bother doing anything. I couldn’t tame the beast so I just left it.
That morning we had French Toast Sticks. They were really good. Also we had bacon, which I didn’t really care for.
That morning we went on the Creek study. We learned about different types of waters around the world. Also we learned about different insects, by playing games. Like we had to roll a dice and see how many places you travel as a rain drop. Also I had to play a game where I had to hop in a potato sack from one side to another without getting taged or I was out. I didn’t last long but Shala had to run to the middle, stop and do I push-up without getting touched.
Then we made our way to lunch, and Tyler and Chase were kind of in our conversation. But they still wouldn’t say much. Also we had chicken patties that were really good!
After lunch we had our Native American walk through the woods. We learned about the Mayan culture. Like what foods they ate and what they hunted. Later that day on the Native American walk we learned how to make candles out of wax and water. My candle was big and had flowers in it. Next we made medicine pouches. I didn’t really like doing those cause I was cold, wet and couldn’t feel my fingers. Which really stunk when I came to find out our group had to do the rock wall next.
We got to the gym, where the rock wall was. I was ready to do the rock wall, but yet I didn’t want to miss being a hopper. So I watched and cheered on Austin as he made his way to the top. Then it was my turn, I got my restrainer on and started my way up the wall. At first the gym was full of silence, but then I got stuck but kept going one I got half way there the gym was full of cheering and encouragement. I loved it! It kept pushing me to the top and once I got like 1 foot away from the top I grabbed on to a rock that was lose and it turned so I just went around it. And I made it to the top!
And then I had to leave. I hated leaving, I would have loved to stay to cheer on my team like they did me but I had to leave to hop. So then I went and made some tables. Set the food and was ready for the kids to come in. The rest of the night was a sing along then we went to bed. And the next dad we had to pack up our bags and head home!