Today, AdVill spent much of their day preparing for the mini-trips they are embarking on tomorrow. After a hearty breakfast, the village split up into trip groups and went over the details of what would be happening in the next few days. Campers prepared for their trips with the enthusiasm and excitement that we have come to expect from this group. All of our mini-trips will be camping in either the Adirondack or Catskill state parks during during their activities, so every trip went over the back country basics. Leave no Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics is always an area of focus. AdVill counselors do a fantastic job of conveying and exemplifying LNT ethics throughout the session, as well as during mini-trips. The 7 principles are:
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Trip leaders also went over setting up tarps/tents and trail sanitation/ hygiene. Trip-specific skills were also covered. The backpacking trips went over packing and carrying your pack,  as well as appropriate footwear and hiking clothing. In the afternoon, the canoe trips headed over to the waterfront for some paddling practice with Lincoln. They were all fit for paddles and Personal Flotation Devices, and hit the water with a partner to learn the steering stokes. After paddling practice, Lincoln showed the group how to portage a canoe with a partner. By dinner, the village was clean and all of the trips were packed and ready to hit the trail tomorrow.  The campers sure did do a fantastic job getting everything ready. After dinner, all of camp played Ultimate Sicko Ball; a Frost Valley favorite. USB is similar to capture the flag; there are 4 groups of players that try to capture balls from their opponent's zone and run them into their own zone, thus capturing them for their own team! AdVill headed right back to the Village after USB, and called it an early night. With all of this anticipation for mini-trips, we're lucky to have the peaceful sounds of the creek and the forest to lull us to sleep tonight.

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