Spring Outdoor Leadership

May 06, 2015

Outdoor Leadership's first trip was to Joshua Tree National Park where they camped, explored, hiked, scrambled on rocks, and worked with the trail crew.  Their work site was a few miles out and a thousand foot climb from the Black Rock Campground.  The group rolled boulders into place as abutments and collected cobble sized rocks to pound into "crush" for proper drainage.  The Trail crew said the work Midlanders did in one day would save them a week or more of work on the trail.


Their second trip was a backpack trip up the Manzana, a Midland School classic.  Students took the lead in planning the menu, pulling/checking gear, and decision making in the field.  They camped at a little known site called Mushroom Camp, which unlike many of the established sites, is set back from the trail.  
The OL group really blossomed over the course of the two trips.  They worked well together, honed their camping skills, and generally gained confidence as trip leaders.  The hope for all the students in OL is that they develop the skill set and confidence to successfully dream up, plan, and implement their own outdoor adventures; for themselves, their friends, and families.  By next fall, a number of the students will be ready to go through the training to lead other students on "hard luck" trips on the property.
To see more pictures from their trips, click here
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