Camp Arroyo: The Great Adventure by Sequoia’s Fourth Graders (as told to the Chaperones)

Camp Arroyo: The Great Adventure by Sequoia’s Fourth Graders (as told to the Chaperones)

Last week all 61 students, including 2 teachers and 8 parents/chaperones, spent 3 days and 2 nights in a YMCA-run facility called Camp Arroyo in the hills outside Livermore, by Del Valle Regional Park. They learned all about our ecosystems and their responsibilities as citizens of the earth.

So what happens at Camp Arroyo? Exploring nature, eating, hiking, bonding with friends, sleeping, observing and listening (this last part was really hard but the kids got pretty good at it by day 3). Students had pillow fights, played games, cooperated as a team to complete tasks, hiked up a big mountain, took great care of themselves and others, and learned how to eat well while not wasting food. They also danced, howled like a coyote, ran around a lot and had FUN!

“What I liked best about Camp Arroyo: the delicious food, all the Adventures with the Naturalists, the skits, cabin time, taking pictures, hiking, playing dodgeball and basketball, the wood nametags, the Shindizzle, discovering new things, the chickens, the garden, pillow fights, sleeping in a cabin with my friends.”

“What surprised me about Camp Arroyo: how nice and modern the cabins were; the fancy showers; the delicious food; the beautiful scenery; that I could do something that scared me, like climbing up and down a big mountain on a steep trail; the ‘math test’ (it was hard!); all the turkeys everywhere; that I would be able to go on a hike by myself; that some of my classmates snore at night.”

So third graders, next year will be your turn to have this life-changing experience. We know you’ll have a blast!