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Fairview students excited about camp

May 21, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

Brief bands of rain showers moved over the forested canopy of Camp Eder in Adams County, Pa., on Wednesday afternoon. The rain only briefly affected spirits of the Fairview Elementary School fifth-graders, who, overall, bubbled over with excitement.

Both boys and girls seemed to be most excited about the cabins, where they planned to tell ghost stories and pretend flashlights are light sabers tonight.

Students from Bobbi Blubaugh's class spent the afternoon on a nature hike, learning about various types of trees and looking for animal tracks. The hike started with a climb up a sharp incline leading to an outdoor stage. There, Marcia Roan talked about small insects and diseases killing hemlock trees.

"You need wood to make a lot of the things you use every day," Roan said.

The hike continued to the much-talked-about Moose Tree, a tree that resembles some type of animal face. Students and staff disagreed whether the tree most looked like a moose or a dragon, goat, donkey or horse.

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"Where are the snakes?" Russell Jones asked. "I want to see one."

"Snakes are what kind of animal? Snakes are cold-blooded. They need it to be warm," Roan said.

The only animal encountered by the students was a turtle, which hustled away from the group as soon as it could.

 

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