There are many things that one would do in FLOC camp. I know FLOC is offering different camps now, but this is supposed to be about what I did in the last years camp. In a two weeks time period we had done activities with the “main ideas” of ecology, conquering fears, and fun. I also met new people.
One of the most common teachings was of ecology. Ecology is the study of relationships between living organisms and their environment. Last year I remember specifically talking about swamps, but that wasn’t all. While still in ecology FLOC staff taught us about eco-friendly energy sources. Since then I have been inspired and try to be more conscious about how much energy I use. Camp has opened my eyes to another branch of science.
Another category was the conquering of your fears. I suppose you could also call being in uncomfortable situations. At FLOC we have to do uncomfortable things- which is different for everything- from bugs to sleeping on the hard ground of the earth. There is a lot of obstacles dealing with heights too, you don’t have to do them, but if you’re scared of heights you should try it. I have even conquered a fear while at camp.
Last is how much fun I had. The subjects before this was fun to me, I think everything was. Some fun activities were hiking/backing, camping, and canoeing. Meeting new people is always fun, it might not seem like it at first.
In this writing I may have not gotten the point straight across. The point is FLOC provides valuable memories. It is hard to come across those types of organizations sometimes. Also, this is a very vague writing, in hopes of not spoiling. I know I’ll be at camp and I hope to see you there too.
(Jordan is a student in the Leaders in Action program at FLOC’s Outdoor Education Center).