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Out on the Land

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Summer camp is a time for kids to learn new skills, make new friends, and create lasting memories. For those who love the great outdoors, Campout can be an unforgettable experience that introduces campers to new challenges and gives them the chance to explore the beauty of nature. While backpacking into the wilds of GRP, campers typically carry all the gear they need on their backs, like extra clothing, sleeping bags, food, and water. Camping groups hike through the various backcountry trails, set up camp in designated areas, and spend the night under the wonderment of a starry sky with minimal light pollution.

Backpacking requires campers to push themselves out of their comfort zones, whether it’s hiking up a steep mountain or setting up camp in a new location. Through these challenges, campers gain a sense of accomplishment and confidence in their abilities. It’s not always easy; campers may encounter challenging terrain, unexpected weather, or other unforseen obstacles along the way. By learning to adapt and overcome these challenges, GRP campers develop valuable resilience skills that can serve them well in all areas of life.

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While out on the land we learn basic wilderness skills like setting up a tent, building a fire, purifying water, and navigating using a map and compass. From the thrill of reaching a mountaintop to the camaraderie of singing songs around a campfire, Campout at GRP offers unforgettable experiences that will forever live on in countless memories and epic stories.

Story by Brandon S. Marshall with photos by Samantha Keebler

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