The second Alliance summer camp was a success! With a crew of eleven, Alliance sported four adult blackbelt “counselors” and seven “campers,” a cozy turn out for our second 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, and training the dan bong 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.