Big E left this morning for a three day field trip with his class (not all 850 kids in his class, but his team, which is about 75 kids). It's at an outdoor adventure camp - zip lines, obstacle courses, dirt, mud. Thank the heavens above my husband volunteered as a chaperone for this trip, because I would have HATED EVERY MINUTE of it.
I am a bad mommy when it comes to stuff like this. I don't mind the outdoors, when it involves the 85 degree weather with a slight breeze, the beach, cabana boys and drinks wtih umbrellas. I can do an amusement park like nobody else (even if I can't ride the rides thanks to the permanent brain alteration of two surgeries!). I can walk 20 miles a day for three days and sleep in a tent, shower in a semi-truck that has been converted to a shower truck, and eat on the ground - two years in a row. I can do a lot of things But the thought of sleeping in cabins with a group of kids (I assume they would have put me with 6th grade girls, which I have to say, would have been fun to hear their night time talk and all) and having to climb, jump, run fall, zipline and who knows what else, all outside, makes me so happy I didn't sign up for this one! My husband will love it though!
The one part I would like to see is when they re-enact the Underground Railroad. Here in SW Ohio, being that we are just across the river from "the south" (Kentucky), this area was alive with the Underground Railroad and getting slaves out of the south. We even have the Freedom Center, which addresses not just the Underground Railroad and past slavery, but slavery in our current times as well. Anyway, they will role play what it was like - hiding, being a slave, being the people who were trying to hide and protect slaves and provide them their passage to freedom. Apparently it's pretty intense and they will wear bandanas to signify how much they want to participate at any given time. If they are "in" the role play, the bandana is on their head. If it gets too much and they only want to observe, they place the bandana around their neck. If and when they want to join back in, they put the bandana back onto their head. I would have liked to have seen this, to participate in this, to see how the kids handle this. Our community is so sheltered, our kids are so sheltered. It will be good for them and I believe it is something that will stay with them for a long time.
I can't wait to hear about it. I hope that part at least makes me a good mommy!