3 canoes on lake cole

Creekin’ and Cleanin’

Today our AdVill campers started out their morning in the true Adventure Village spirit — by braving our various high element courses! The first group decided to conquer the infamous Y-Tower, our mighty rock climbing structure. By 10 am, the lactic acid was building in the forearms of our fearless climbers. The second group climbed the Giants’ Ladder, an over-sized ladder suspended above the ground. The only way for one camper to get to the top is to work together with another, helping each other up the widely spaced rungs. There were many successes. The third group decided to tackle the hardest thing of all — their inhibitions. They played improv games, acting out various comedy scenes and performing all sorts of antics for the amusement of all involved.

In the afternoon, our AdVill campers once again enjoyed the simple pleasures of life in the forest. Traveling up the creek, our campers began building dams across certain sections of the creek, experimenting and toying with fluid dynamics. Some campers found small pieces of sedimentary rock, and soon discovered that these rocks had special properties. When rubbed vigorously against harder rocks, the sedimentary rock rubs off and forms a sort of ‘paint’ that was soon being applied to faces, arms, and legs in ritualistic fashion.

Soon our creeking AdVill campers were joined by the girls of Susky Village. Our campers wasted no time in making friends — many of the older campers stepped up and began helping the younger Susky Villagers to make rock structures in the creek.

After such a busy morning, our campers took a ‘tent time’ after lunch, taking time to clean up their living quarters and rest their pleasantly sore muscles.

The evening brought more fun — the campers closed the day with a game of “Killer in the Castle”, another game of stealth played in the dark.

Once again our campers flopped down into their bunks after a long day, and quickly, with smiles on their faces, drifted off to sleep.


Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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