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It was a healthy three days for county youngsters

Camp held at Brooks Park

A grant from the SKCN(Skamania Klickitat Community Network) made it possible to hold the first Pathways to Health Camp at Brooks Park Environmental Learning Center on May 14-16.

Invitations to the camp were sent to all school counselors for students in grades 6-8 in March. Students and parents from both Klickitat and Skamania counties were invited to attend the Pathways to Health Camp for free.

Pathways to Health Camp participants from Klickitat and Glenwood schools spent three days and two nights at Brooks ELC learning ways to make healthy life choices including diet and nutrition, outdoor recreation, and physical stretching activities.

Ranger Adam Fahlenkamp designed a GPS(Global Position System) scavenger hunt and had the students plant a Western Hemlock tree in honor of our first Pathways to Health Camp.

Instruction for the 25 participants was provided by a variety of speakers including flow yoga with Sybil, massage therapy with Deidre Duffy, reflexology with Martha Parsons, tai chi with Brad Stephens, yoga with John Shepherd and Elizabeth, naturopathic medicine with Dr. Schwartz, and nutrition with Heidi Christy.

Members of Trout Unlimited volunteered their time to come to Brooks ELC and teach camp participants about casting and fishing equipment. Volunteers included Gordon Johnson,President of Trout Unlimited, Tom Fritsch, Chuck Borer, and Dale Birge. A variety of lures, baits, and techniques were shared by the volunteers.

Heidi Christy and Rebecca Bashara served as camp cooks. They provided students with well balanced, nutritional meals that were mostly vegetarian. Participants at camp were provided with their own water bottles, yoga mats, yoga blocks, journals, and balance balls.

Camp directors Jeff Albin and Laurie Wilhite hope to offer the Pathways to Health Camp in the future.

For more information, call 369-4145.


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