Today we worked with fellow Partner REI and a few of their awesome employees in Connecticut for an educational outreach program, teaching PEAK. We worked with 360 kids that attend a summer camp called, Winding Trail Youth Camp. Campers were from Kindergarten through 5th grade. One may wonder, how were you able to work with 360 kids? Having 2 traveling trainers, 4 REI employees, a solid game plan nothing is impossible. There were 6 sessions of 60 kids, all broken up by appropriate age levels for activities. We focused on what Leave No Trace was all about, so campers had an understanding of the principles, and ways they can be stewards for the land. A couple of activities we ran with the campers were, “What Principle Am I?”, “Watch Your Step”, “Step on It”, and “ How Long Does It Last”. These activities explored some of the principles, and planted the seed about how we need to preserve and protect our environment.
The day was definitely jam packed with teaching, and was a huge success in our eyes. Partnering in the field and teaching along side with REI employees was great, and we hope for more programs like this in the future. We would like to Thank Mark & Josh at Winding Trail Camp, and a huge thanks to Jenna, Brad, Tina, & Tracy (Connecticut REI All-stars) for all your work and success on the massive PEAK program.
Alexis & Topher