I consider this a site because those that stayed to do this made it possible for others to do what they did. There were 7 kids that came along, ages 3-9. We set it up so that the moms of the three families stayed back 2 days to watch kids, and the dad’s stayed back one (Luke being an exception because he was the crew leader). The rotation was as followed: Steph and I – Tuesday; Aaron and Jacqui – Wednesday; Steph and Jacqui – Thursday; Jeremy and I – Friday. Each day had some experiences that made it unique. Tuesday was probably the worst day; there was nothing planned, and we floundered around killing time. We did go on a short hike,
discovered bear print and scat (we think),
observed the moths,
grampus or dobsonfly (this is not the one we caught, but it looks the same, if not a little smaller),
and millipedes that were caught (primarily by Sam),
constructing marble runs out of toilet paper tubes, and attempting a game of kickball.
Wednesday, Aaron and Jacqui took the kids to a birthday party for Savannah a 10 year old on the mountain. Her family is friends with the SWAP staff and had invited everyone to attend. This was a good cultural experience for the kids, although I am pretty sure they just saw it as fun because they went to a birthday party and ate cake!
Thursday, Steph and Jacqui took the kids to help Nicole (SWAP administrative volunteer alongside her husband) deliver popsicles to all the job site workers. This allowed the kids to see the sites where everyone worked and explore a little.
Friday, Jeremy and I started the day having the kids sort a random collection of screw, nails, and other misc fasteners. These were donations from people wanting to be helpful; the difficulty is the tools are not useful unless they are sorted by type and size first, so that they can be found and used on project sites. This was the kids servant project this week; we are only disappointed it did not materialize until the end of the week because we could have had them work on it each day. The kids worked for about 45 minutes and sorted a lot! Sam was the super worker and really enjoyed it. Madison hung in with him for most of it.
In the afternoon, we rewarded them with a picnic in the park and swimming. Aaron offered his family’s pool to us. His mom invited us in, opened up the basement apartment for changing, bathrooms, etc. And the kids played, laughed, and released energy. It was a good, refreshing day to counter my first day!