“Move out of the way. I'm jumping.": Physical Challenges

The forest constantly invited the children to explore the limits of their physical abilities and to increase their overall confidence in their bodies. During Nature Camp this took the form of wielding large tree branches and palm fronds, to climbing and running up the Chips of Mountains, throwing rocks, and running far ahead as quickly as possible on the path. Many of the children first approached these tasks with trepidation; and yet with encouragement from one another and thanks to the confidence garnered by previous experience, each child was able to nurture a sense of accomplishment at camp’s end thanks to experiences ranging from walking through gooey mud without holding a teacher’s hand to walking across and turning around on the smooth bark of the Jumping-Off Log--before, of course, jumping off of it.