After breakfast, student campers get close to nature

May 22, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

Editor's note: Staff writer Jennifer Fitch is spending two days with Fairview Elementary School fifth-graders attending Outdoor School at Camp Eder in Adams County, Pa.

FAIRFIELD, Pa. - Fairview Elementary School fifth-graders staying at Camp Eder in Fairfield, Pa., this week broke into four groups after a breakfast of waffles this morning.

Some of the Waynesboro, Pa., students went on the three-hour nature hike, while the others participated in group games, did a stream study and learned pioneer skills.

Many children reported only falling asleep around midnight. When asked what they were doing in the cabins, Destiny Ridenour answered "being loud."


Bobbi Blubaugh's class splashed in 49-degree water as part of the stream study led by Eddy "Mr. Eddy" Rubin. Initial squeals eventually were replaced with "I can't feel my feet!" and "I'm so cold!"

"I fell in!" Marleigh Chaney cried.

"It's a long time before we can take showers," Lindsay Friese reminded her classmates.

The students gathered salamanders and water insects to be showcased on what Rubin called "Bug TV." He used a magnifying glass and television screen to give children a closer look at their finds.

"Ewwww, it's looking at me!" Gaylin Leizear said.

"I can't wait until I can change my shoes, dry my clothes and cover up with a blanket," Mandy Huntsberry said.

The groups are expected to switch activities this afternoon.

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