October flew by! Here are some highlights of what kept us busy up here in Julian this last month:
- Six different schools from Southern California – and one from Nevada! – came to Camp Stevens for outdoor education and teambuilding programs.
- We welcomed a new Assistant Chef, Ashley, who joins us from Washington state, where she’s spent several years working at a Girl Scout camp.
- Autumn came to Julian, bringing bright colors, cooler mornings, and even some rain.
- The third annual “Hoes Down!” Harvest Weekend brought 60 adults and children to Camp Stevens for campfires, sing-alongs, tie-dye, apple bobbing, wine tasting, and a wonderful meal out under the stars at Volcan View Farm.
- Since August, our staff has belayed over 800 participants through the high ropes course. That’s 800 individuals climbing those poles and pushing themselves to new limits, 30-40 feet in the air.
- Conferences and galore! Joe and John led workshops on counselor training programs and emergency preparedness at the American Camp Association’s OctoberWest gathering, while Coreen and Ryan traveled to Santa Cruz for a conference on garden/farm program with LifeLab.
- We celebrated Food Day at Julian Elementary School, by talking bees with their kindergarten classes.
November has also started off with brusquely, as we welcomed our Board of Visitors for a fall weekend of brainstorming, reflection – and a pig roast! We’re looking forward to the rest of November, which will conclude with our annual Thanksgiving Family Camp. We are thankful for you, our community!