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KENAI: 2016 campers Get Out and Get Dirty
Alaska Region, December 9, 2016
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GOGD camp focuses on skill buildling activities including knot tying.
GOGD camp focuses on skill buildling activities including knot tying. - Photo Credit: Kenai NWR
Jr Camp counselors help camp staff and were once GOGD campers themselves.
Jr Camp counselors help camp staff and were once GOGD campers themselves. - Photo Credit: Kenai NWR
Map and compass training made sure no one got lost during camp.
Map and compass training made sure no one got lost during camp. - Photo Credit: Kenai NWR

Get Out and Get Dirty (GOGD) is not only the name for this 4th/5th grade camp, but it is also what we did as well as dodge mosquitoes and raindrops during the summer of 2016. A week of skill building activities in nature is a perfect way to disconnect from TV and digital devices during summer and have a lot of fun in the process. This camp had two week long sessions with daily themes like: "What do You See?" "Things That Make You Go Eww!" "Something is Fishy" and "Animal Olympics" where campers learned skills and literally got down in the dirt to investigate or delved into a salmon without gloves. Outdoor skill building is a main focus to this camp from identification of flora and fauna to orienteering, to dissection and to using cameras, dipnets, and loupes to get a closer look. 32 campers walked away with a greater understanding of a special place, the Kenai Refuge, practically in their backyard. Along with camp staff, two Junior Camp Counselor volunteers guided participants in hands on exploration through trail games and activities. These counselors were once GOGD campers themselves. Now in 8th or 9th grade, they get to share their love of the Refuge and continue their connection to it. Many campers voice their excitement in being able to return as a Junior Counselor once they become eligible. Started in 2008 a total of 240 kids have gone through this camp!


Contact Info: Michelle Ostrowski, 907-260-2839, michelle_ostrowski@fws.gov
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