Teacher Mrs. P
Row of rustic cabins. Cabins are in a cluster. Each has bunks and shelves, and little else. These had lights but no plugs / electric. Rest rooms are 80 yards away.
The Phillips Students, 32 in all, hiked a number of times.
Headed to a mean. Food was great.
In May, the camp was mostly empty. A staff helped, but few others, besides workers, were around.
water sheds were given in the Gazebo. Meanwhile, others were on a scavenger hunt or else doing prints on t-shirts.
This was called the blob. Climb the wooden ladder. Jump off the stand, about 3-meters in the air. Land on the big pillow and bounce -- or else get bounced off by other jumpers and land in the water.
The lake area had a beach and swimming toys and trampoline out in the mouth of the cove. Here the staff lifeguards were swimming these sections out. The last swimmers helped by swimming the sections back at the end of our afternoon swim.
Kayaks and canoes are part of the water and lake experience.
Cleaning sand from feet at the beach. Wear your boots or shoes around the camp, not flip flops. Always walk, never run.
E by the edge of the water after a big swim in the lake.
Students in front of the tents.
Teachers talking from the balcony of one of the cabins.
Students, tents, cabins.
When the storms came, the students were able to move, with order, at 3 am-ish, from sleeping in the tents to a bunk in the cabins. The storms hit every night.
Friends all around as well.
We got to sing a song, but had to write the lyrics about habitats.
Students and fellow campers.
Teachers in the front of the classroom, for these three days, our setting is nature.
Lunch area, before eating breakfast.
Headed for food.
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The 5th graders have taken a camping trip for years, as part of the science study at
Pittsburgh Phillips K-5. Mr. Mass and Mrs. P are the two teachers that lead the trip with the help of a couple of others.
The trip was held for the second year at
Emma Kaufmann Camp outside of Morgantown, West Virginia. The school trip makes for a rental to the camp, owned by the Pittsburgh, Jewish Community Center.
In 2009, 32 students and four adults were on the trip. The camp staff also helped with some of the activities.
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