Yesterday we got back from 3 days at Astrocamp with my youngest child. You may remember me writing about my first two trips with my older children HERE and HERE.
My daughter was so excited, she packed herself and woke up early the day we left.
The buses are getting ready to leave as the parents look on.
We had 131 kids, which necessitates 3 buses instead of 2.
I snuck a pic of my girl just before they left.
This trip brought with it several firsts: first time for 3 buses, first time we went from Wed-Fri (instead of a weekend or Mon-Wed), and first time so early in the year to name a few. It was also the first time I was involved while working full-time, which was different. It was also my last time here as a parent. I’ve helped coordinate 3 trips for 3 kids as a parent at our school. This year is my last year as a parent here, as my youngest will be moving on to middle school next year. It’s hard to believe! I am trying to coordinate a trip for my own students later this year, but it will be a different experience as a teacher than as a parent.
As usual, Astrocamp was beautiful and inviting.
We always start by eating lunch in the beautiful meadow.
After lunch, it was time to move into the dorms and get our first informational meeting, where we meet our instructor and head out to our first class.
One of the things I’ve talked about in terms of camp is the zipline. My son didn’t do it, and regretted it. I redeemed myself last time, and my youngest couldn’t WAIT to try it. Sadly, it wasn’t operating this time.
The usual padding was missing from the poles at the end of the zipline. 😦
So, instead of zip lining, they gave us another activity to do…
You climb on the ladder, climb to the top, then jump off.
I was feeling pretty awful (and scared), so I declined. I’m still not sure if it was the altitude or the stress of the week leading up to this, but I was feeling shaky and my head was killing me, so I took photos. My partner, however, did it and was awesome. All the girls did it, too. I was so proud of them!!
My partner, being awesome.
The classes this time were mostly the same as the last time we went…
Mars studies and rock climbing
This time, I harnessed up and climbed a Mars rock wall (I didn’t last time).
Rocket Building (and launching)
My girlie, building her rocket.
My favorite – Atmosphere & Gases. This time the chaperones got to have some fun, too!
Lights & Lasers was a class I missed last time, so that was cool.
The funnest part of that class was the noodle fight wearing upside-down glasses. My partner and I got to try and we laughed so hard – it was like therapy!
Finally, we did the Skycoaster again. Last time, I was far too chicken to try it. This time, I got harnessed just in case. I was still terrified, but I didn’t want to let the group (or myself) down. So the lowdown is this, for those of you who didn’t read about it last time.
First, you get up on a ladder and get hooked up to the line. Then you dangle.
Then, the kids pull the rope to lift you as high as you want to go. Some people went all the way to the top.
Then you pull the ripcord…
I went last. I was terrified. I walked up the ladder, and as I was up on the ladder, I seriously considered saying, “No. Never mind. I’m outta here.” But I didn’t. (partly because I didn’t want the girls to think less of me and partly because I didn’t think I could, knowing that one of our teachers was right there, with my camera.
So I went up.
I only went about 3 feet in the air. Which was what I was comfortable with. I kind of wish I went higher, but I’m still proud I didn’t get back off the ladder. If I ever get the chance to do it again, I will try for a few more feet. 🙂
I’m going to try to book a trip for my own 5th grade class this year, and maybe make it a tradition at our school. We’ll see how it goes. If this is the end for me, I’ve really enjoyed my 3 trips to camp. It’s been a lot of work coordinating, and sometimes hard and extremely tiring as a chaperone, but also so much fun and so rewarding.
1 possible broken wrist
a little bit of puke
a few tears
but mostly lots of smiles.