This past weekend we had the pleasure of taking 8 of the neighborhood boys that we have gotten to know through RYAA to the John Muir festival held in Culterville near Yosemite. All of them regularly attend the weekly boys bible study held at our house, and most had never been to the mountains before. Although taking boys ages 6-11 anywhere can be a real challenge, it was great to see them experience and learn new things.
Writing in Journals about their experiences and observations
John Muir was a man with a talent for making careful observations and being able to explain his observations to others. The boys learn how to do this through a game of pictonary that requires them to explain the plant the leader shows them for their partner to draw. The person with the most accurate drawing wins.
Forming ice glaciers and covering them with dye
Learning about John Muir and local wildlife through nature bingo
After the festival, we packed all 8 boys into a boat and went fishing. Many caught their first fish ever!