The Alliance summer camp was a success! With a crew of seventeen, Alliance sported three adult blackbelt “counselors” and fourteen “campers,” a good turn out for our first ever Alliance summer camp. The camp attendees spent two nights and two days on the shores of Brush Lake, where they learned about camping, trained martial arts, and cultivated fellowship.
Master Devon Waldron and Ms Tammy Fairbanks are both veteran campers. Master Waldron is also an Eagle Scout and Ms Fairbanks works for Federal Fish and Wildlife; both were happy to teach the crew some basic camp skills, getting everyone to feel comfortable enjoying the outdoors.
Training itself consisted of working a few hand-picked fighting techniques on pads, getting some sparring experience using a different rule set, and training the nunchaku weapon for coordination, timing and hand speed.
The crew also got the chance to do some team building games like “The Island” and “Human Knot,” and enjoyed free time swimming in the lake and campfire time trying to solve critical thinking puzzles.
With a successful event and good impression left with our Brush Lake hosts, Alliance may work to reprise the camp next year, to build more skills, camaraderie and memories.