Our youngest child Alexi went away to sleep away camp for the first time last week. What a milestone!
Through the San Leandro School District, he and his classmates went to Camp Arroyo located within the East Bay Regional Park District and just 45 minutes south of Oakland. “Camp Arroyo,” says the Camp’s website, “is a beautiful residential camp serving children year-round as a place to explore, learn and grow in an ideal outdoor setting.”
The camp in fact is not just for children, it provides excellent programs for families and adults as well. “Nestled in the hills surrounding the 138-acre Del Valle Regional Wilderness in Livermore, California, the camp was formally opened in 2001 and serves thousands each year.”
Washington Elementary fourth and fifth grade teachers and students, parent chaperones and counselors embarked on a 4-day adventure at the Camp where the kids got a chance to unplug and spend time with their peers and teachers in a natural setting.
On their first day after a bus ride from campus, they found their cabin, dining tables and got their adventure group assignments for the next four days.
The most notable activates were the hikes and the wildlife. On day 2 the children hiked the Creek trail and after lunch they hiked the Cresta Blanca trail – a 3 miles round trip hike – where they spotted a bobcat and deer.
The camp offers an all-inclusive type set up where 3 meals a day are provided. During the Camp, they conducted team building activities, campfires and improv skits with props and all. During a night hike they got to experience the senses of sight, smell and hearing in the darkness away from city lights and sounds.
Connecting with nature is an important part of our daily life and one that keeps us grounded in community. The Del Valle Regional Wilderness is a special place that the East Bay Regional park has worked hard to preserve. To find out more about the camp, go to:
– Catherine Baldi