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Caldera Youth Take on Mountains

Posted on: July 30th, 2012

On July 2, five Caldera high school students from Central Oregon left for a backpacking adventure with Big City Mountaineers.  Big City Mountaineers (BCM) is an organization that partners with non-profits that serve youth in order to provide a unique opportunity to experience backpacking.  BCM guides the trip, outfits the youth with the necessary gear, and so that youth have some continuity during and after the experience invites staff from the partner non-profit to attend the trip.

The group was all female and included five youth, two Caldera staff from Central Oregon (Amy Burtelow, Youth Mentor and Jessica Armstrong, High School Mentor), two adult volunteer staff through BCM, and the BCM trip leader.  With a staff to youth ratio of 1:1 there were plenty of opportunities to mentor the Caldera youth, share stories, and teach the basics of backpacking and wilderness travel.

On the morning of July 3rd, in the thick of a downpour of rain, the group headed into the forest for what turned out to be an incredibly rewarding adventure.  The weather shifted after the first day, and they continued on to travel a total of 26 miles over the 5 days, graced by sunshine, gorgeous mountain views, scenic river crossings, and great new friendships.  The “challenge day” hike consisted of gaining 2500 feet of elevation over three miles up to a mountain pass. Many learned to travel on alpine snow fields for the first time.  Although there were some doubts, everyone reached the goal and was rewarded with panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains and the powerful experience of achieving success despite great challenge.

Everyone agreed that the trip was about as perfect as it could possibly be.  With a great group of positive and fun youth, an experienced and fun staff team, and a “just right” combination of rain, snow, and challenge combined with gorgeous weather, teamwork, and triumph made it a memorable experience for all who participated.

 

Summer Camp 2012

Posted on: July 12th, 2012

Summer camp is here!  We’re looking forward to another wonderful summer out at Blue Lake.  Below is more information on our three sessions this year. Please let the main office know if you have questions – 503-937-7594.

 

Immersion 1: (10 days)    Staff arrive: July 13th      Camp Session: July 14th-23rd    Staff Depart: July 24th

Intense exploration of the arts and emotional/social development while focusing deeply on one specific art form. This 10 day session consists of students going into 11th and 12th grades who have been with the program for several years, and some may also be apprentice students who’ve focused in their discipline weekly throughout the school year. Immersion students will have daily sessions with artists and evening studio time. The daily class sessions with the artist (8 total) are approximately 3 hours long. Studio time is approximately an hour and a half and happens several evenings.

 

Immersion 2:  (10 days)   Staff arrive: July 26th     Camp Session: July 27th-Aug. 5th  Staff Depart: Aug 6th 

Exploration and development of skills in two art forms, with special attention given to the emotional/social development issues relevant to the transition from middle school to high school. This 10 day session consists of students going into 9th and 10th grades some have been with the program for several years, and some may be newer to the program. Immersion 2 students will meet with artists every other day and participating in evening studio time. The daily class sessions with the artist (4 total for each group) are approximately 3 hours long. Studio time is approximately an hour and a half and happens several evenings. Artists will teach a session every day but see group A one day and group B the next.

 

Discovery:  (8 days)         Staff arrive: Aug 8th       Camp Session: Aug. 9th – 16th    Staff Depart: Aug 17th      

Developing appreciation and experience in multiple art forms and covering components of social   and emotional development related to middle school aged youth. Students meet with each of the 4 artists 3 times. Class sessions are approximately one and a half hours each totaling 4.5 hours per art form for the campers.  Artists teach 2 sessions a day and will see all students over 2 days of rotations.