Thurston Students Make Fifth Grade Camp a Reality

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South Redford’s Fifth Grade Camp:  Another Smashing Success

By Morgan Hunter and Alize Whitfield

“One of the best groups we’ve ever had. They did such an outstanding job with our kids especially since it was so much colder than it’s ever been.  They really encouraged our fifth-graders all week.  We couldn’t do it without them,” said Fisher Teacher Jeremy Decker about the Thurston High School Camp Counselors.

Over 40 Thurston students were chosen through a tough interview process in order to spend a week with fifth graders at the YMCA Storer Camp.  Each year, the fifth graders of South Redford visit this Outdoor School as they learn natural sciences, environmental issues, cultural history, and team building through active participation.

“I was lucky enough to be able to go to 5th grade camp to be a cabin leader. I had a blast with the kids and with the cabin leaders who also went. Camp made everyone get closer and make new friendships. Our purpose as cabin leaders was to make the week awesome for the kids. Although we were in the cold most of the time, we still had a lot of fun and that’s all that really matters. My favorite part of camp was the whole experience, but if I had to pick one it would be the star lab because we crawled into this dome and learned about the stars. It was fun to get to know the kids and bond with them. I’m very happy that I was able to take part in this and I’m looking forward to it all next year, said Junior Kaylei Kerr.

Senior Morgan Hunter is a fifth grade camp veteran.

“I have gone to fifth grade camp all four years of high school and every year I am taught something new.  My girls this year were amazing and it’s thanks to them that this year was my favorite.  Camp has changed my life dramatically and if I could go back for another four years, I would without a second thought,” said Hunter.

For Senior Sterling Felix, going to camp was a totally new experience for her.

“When I signed up for camp, I didn’t know what to expect. I was just looking for a new opportunity to widen my horizons. As I got there, it was freezing cold, but 9 little girls warmed my heart. I was a cabin leader with Alize’ Whitfield and we had a ball. Other than the sad weather, we did fun activities like skit night, and an eye opening experience with the underground railroad. Our girls had so much fun getting to know us and us getting to know them. I think this was one of the best decisions of my high school career and I only regret not doing it before my senior year,” said Sterling.

The counselors could only rave about the week.

“I was so happy I got picked for camp.  It was the best week.  I loved being away and spending time with the kids.  The girls in my cabin were great and my co cabin leader and I became even better friends.  When I went to fifth grade camp when I was a fifth grader at Fisher, it was one of the best experiences of my life.  I wanted to make sure my girls had the same memories.  The staff at the camp are so full of energy and it is just naturally rubs off on all who attend their camp,” said Senior Alize Whitfield.

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