High Adventure

Why not launch the writing career of the next Henry David Thoreau? You could have the campers read selected passages from some of his most celebrated works: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Walden, and The Maine Woods and Cape Cod. As they begin their journey, they could capture their impressions via a letter to a friend, conveying what they enjoyed, the insights that they gained, and the physical challenges of the hike.

Digging Deep

If you have students who really get into the reflective writing of Thoreau and they ask for more, you might try this exercise: the value of the hike. What value does hiking have? Ask your campers to brainstorm what they see as the value of the hike. Their answers may surprise you.

There are many ways to build from their initial ideas about the value of the hike. You could have each camper select one theme and write about it in great depth or have each camper take two themes to compare and contrast.

Whether they see the value of hiking as a way of increasing physical fitness, clearing their head, or bonding with friends, having campers take the time to explore their ideas, write about them, and share them with other campers can make an indelible impact on how they choose to spend their leisure time to develop contentment.

Into Cyberspace

There are many websites that offer free Web page hosting for educational pursuits. The campers can use the Internet to share what they have learned about the hike that they helped to plan.

The Web page can be constructed with very little training on how to post digital photos, trail maps, information on distances and travel times, what to expect for weather, how to dress, the wildlife of the habitat, and suggestions for enjoying time at the summit.

There can also be a section that includes the essays that campers have written about their hiking experience. Once the page is built it can be shared with friends, relatives, and future campers.

Dr. Susan Langlois has over 25 years of experience as a college professor, athletic administrator, camp director and sport facilities consultant. She is currently Dean of Sport Science at Endicott College.

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