With former-marine backpacks loaded with supplies, the oldest group in camp, our Pathfinders, set out into the Bisti Wilderness for a two-night backcountry camping trip. Every person we passed was impressed by the campers' perseverance in carrying such enormous bags! As the trip went on, some of the campers decided that maybe they didn't need to bring so many items on the next excursion.
The Bisti Wilderness provided many opportunities for adventure. The Pathfinders found a valley full of beautiful hoodoos where they played hide and seek until it was time for dinner. The next day, the exploring campers found a very large cave. Though the opening was small, the whole group was able to crawl inside!
The desert, as it turns out, can get very hot during the day and very dark at night. The campers drank lots of water to stay hydrated. When night fell, the campers used glow sticks to make colorful wheels to toss into the starry sky.
Campers participated in group reflections as the sun went down each night. The first night, the group talked about which aspect of themselves, the physical, social, reflective, or mental aspect, felt the strongest and which felt out of balance. Many campers noted that their social fold felt the strongest having had so many fulfilling conversations during the day. Some campers noted that they felt they had made a new friend while hiking around the Bisti Wilderness.
The second night, the campers discussed gratitudes. Campers thanked each other for helping to find a safe place to step, for encouraging each other when everyone was hot and tired, and for making new connections with each other. Each camper then shared what they were taking with them from the trip. New friendships, memories of the beautiful landscape and of pushing through when things got tough and discoveries of leadership skills were all brought back with campers.