I wasn't familiar with this app. I forwarded the link to the camp director from a local summer day camp that did a short score-O course with me a couple weeks ago. Maybe some of those kids will be interested in the scavenger hunt. We had about 75 kids from K-6th grade, mostly toward the younger to middle end of that age range.
Thanks, Mike! Really appreciate it.
Oh, and that's great that you are out doing real in-person activities! We are almost there, but don't have very many lined up.
Thanks! I was a bit nervous about so many kids, but they were broken into small groups and it worked out ok. Several of my Union County HS students assisted.
Very cool. Did everyone wear masks?
Unfortunately no. The program had no mask requirements at all, even for staff / volunteers. A couple of the adults and HS volunteers used masks, but none of the kids had them. Interestingly, the county has had an extremely low COVID infection rate (to date 36 cases and 0 deaths, but that is from a county population of only 7054). (This was in Indiana, which is now allowing pretty large gatherings and has pretty relaxed requirements).
If everyone can get masks that are comfortable and effective, that would be awesome.
I was out this morning setting controls (yay!!!!!!!!), alone, no mask. Put it on before the kids showed up.
I read somewhere that if everyone wore masks for 1-2 months we'd be done with the virus.
I agree that we need a lot more mask use in public!
I should mention that I've been doing orienteering with this group for at least 18 years, and when the director (a 3rd grade teacher in my school district) called and said that the camp was happening, and what day could I do orienteering, it was hard to say no.
Normally we take the kids to a larger park, but this year they were not allowed to leave the small town park where they meet for their other activities, so we did the course on a 1:2000 map there. (Even if they could have bused kids, I'm sure that I couldn't have gotten permits to have a group of that size in my usual parks across the line in Ohio anyway!).
Normally this summer day camp has 45-50 kids - this year they had 75. I guess with most other camps closed and many family vacations cancelled, parents were looking for any place to send the kids for a few hours a day.
One nice thing is the camp has 7 or 8 high school age "junior staff", who all had done orienteering (one day classroom, one day outside) with me in 7th grade social studies. So they all knew some basics. And 3 of my orienteering team members wanted to help, so we had plenty of help to keep groups small.