Terrain Park Day 4

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Our last day of camp!!!!

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Contemplating adding another element to the terrain park…..

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Medal podium for the drift car competition.

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……getting a few pedals in on the unicycle.

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….lunch time adventure to the Wright Street Falls

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We found a teepee in the woods!

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Last chance for blueberries!

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We went on one more excursion to the marsh to look for a lost water bottle…..

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We found the water bottle and some frogs!

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We took the rocky trail back to the warehouse….

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At the end of the day, we cleaned up the warehouse for the take apart party!

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This is our last photo! Unfortunately once we brought the ice cream out I forgot to take pictures of the party! Thanks again for a week filled with so many adventures. Have an amazing summer!

Terrain Park Day 3

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Work was started on some new “bumps” for the terrain park this morning…..

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Finally time to test the teeter totter!

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We took a break from the big project to work on some independent projects including some drift carts, a step stool, and a laying box for a chicken.

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After a group meeting we settled on a walk to the nearby marsh for our after lunch adventure.

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Frog hypnosis!

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After we got back it was finally time to place the berm…..

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We spent the afternoon riding and testing the placement of features. Cool chalk drawings were also added throughout the course!

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We ended the day with a popcorn snack.

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It was so good, everyone closed their eyes!

Terrain Park Day 2

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I the morning we started to fine tune a few of the features that were built yesterday…..

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Testing the berm……..the angle was a little too tight!

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Table top is ready for testing!

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After a few jumps, we decided it would be better to approach the table top from the other side………

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working on some side projects……cars and wheel chair carts….

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……taking apart the berm for a re-jig.

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We watched the train and then had a look at the tactonite pellets. We picked some of the season’s first blueberries!

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….another quick build session before lunch!

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after lunch we rode to the river, sandpit, and the rope swing too!

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There were stories about a deer leg in a tree somewhere along the trail, which we thought might have just been urban legend……………but no!!!!!

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when we got back from our adventure, a little more testing and then we sketched out some ideas for bringing all our elements together for a big build day tomorrow!

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Terrain Park Day 1

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After our tour of the warehouse, we headed out for a walk….

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Although it was cool with grey skies in the morning, by the time we reached this rocky outcropping, there were clear skies and a view of Marquette!

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Back at the warehouse, we brushed up on tool use by assembling a toolbox, then started sketching ideas about the week’s project: a bike terrain park!!!!

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Some had a clear idea of what to make, some weren’t quite sure, and some jumped into building things they just wanted to build….

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….pedals were removed from a piano and used for a car.

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a group started on a berm design…..

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……. a walk to the Dead River for a swim break!

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…..on our way back to the workshop, we found a friend!

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Wood chopped and ready for a fire tomorrow! We’ll see what the day holds!

Ball Run, Day 4

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Early morning building…….

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The weather was cool and overcast, so we decided to raid the brush piles and build a fire!

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There was much discussion about proper methods……

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Birch bark was helpful and we had lots of it!

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After lunch by the fire, one group traveled by bike to the sandpit and river.

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One group stayed at the warehouse and spent some extra time building (and playing) in the workshop!

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There was live blogging of our progress on the ball run.

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The babies took a rest…..

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A chalky perfume recipe was developed….

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And finally everyone was back at the warehouse for final touches on the ball run.

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Final touches on the welcome sig too!

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One last adventure to the river!!!!

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We watched a leech crawl on a rock!

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Then we returned and it was time for ice cream!

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We showed our families our amazing creation!

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It was finally time for one last ball run!

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Success!!!!! ……and then it was time for he tear down.

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Materials put away, and ready for the next group of campers!!!!! What a great week!

Ball Run, Day 3

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With our plans set for the day, we set out to connect some of the components we had worked on the day before.

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Track was made utilizing wood, cardboard, piano keys, and even some electronic components scavenged from the take-apart-table.

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After a fruitful morning, we had lunch and headed for the beach!

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Lots of fun playing tag! After cooling off in the water we stated the journey back to the workshop.

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We found a small delicate frog, and a monstrously large toad on our walk back…..

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Lots of fun was had today making cardboard tube babies and characters.

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Some end of the day tinkering and then a quick bike ride down to the river. Some even took the opportunity for a quick dip!

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More time with amphibians and then time to head home for the day.

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Tomorrow we finish our work on the ball run!

Ball Run, Day 2

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A morning of tinkering, and then we met at the snack table to make a plan for the ball run. We divided into teams to work on different parts: loop, zig zag, and pulley system, as well as a few pinwheels mechanisms.

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After all our hard work and a lunch break, we set off on a walk to the sandpit with a stop at the Dead River near the power station.

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Lots of baby toads found today!

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… making of “crayfish mansion”

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A seat for two! The girls built this and took it home today!

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Loop de loop!!!!

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We saw something special today. The transformation of caterpillar into chrysalis. All in the span of about 3 minutes!

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After the chrysalis, we experienced full blown Monarch fever.

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Pinwheel success!

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Lots of fun drawing and blending the chalks!

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After our last session of building for the day, we took one last walk to the marsh…

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A perfect way to end an exciting day!

Ball Run Day 1

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We gathered round and played a game with bowling balls to get to know each other’s names.

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What is this Warehouse all about? We took a little tour of the buildings, wood chip piles and other aspects of this location.

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Hiked up to ROTC Rock to explore and learn more about the week ahead.

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Where’s the bike taxi?

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How does this piano work? When a key is pressed, how does that thing move?

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Yeah, I got it!

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Crafting safe workshop agreements……..

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Builders made tool caddies to get comfortable with drills, drivers and handsaws.

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Although I said we wouldn’t swim today……the weather warmed up, the sun came out, and how could we resist?

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After our swim, the project idea of making a ball run was revealed and builders started to draw their ideas.

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Prototyping ensued…..

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Testing ideas for ways to elevate the ball.

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One builder explaining their thinking to another builder.

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Gathering materials to get a jump start on building tomorrow morning!

Gravity Coaster Day 4

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Lots of work to do today to finish the gravity coaster!

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A quick break to check on the baby birds we were watching all week that were about to fledge.

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It was a hot day, but we persevered and moved the track to the ramp site.

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Spacing track.

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First womanned test flight.

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“The Bump” under construction! (followed by lunch break/ swim/ sand pit adventures…..sorry, I forgot to take pictures!)

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Railing adjustments…..

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What should we do next?

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We made a few more adjustments to the track after some derailing on test flights.

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Finally ready for kids to ride!

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Friends and family finally arrive to watch our carts in action.

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We did it!!!!! Great job builders! You really pulled it together at the end!

Gravity Coaster, Day 3

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We started the morning riding the track of the gravity coaster to get a feel for the amount of speed and momentum we had to work with.

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Starting the process of engineering a “bump” in the track.

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Finishing up adding wheels to the cart.

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Woking on a towing system to bring the carts back up the coaster.

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Cart testing…….

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Snack time had us in stitches with all the “punny” jokes….

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Off for an afternoon adventure to the sandpit and rope swing.

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Back at the Warehouse, we put finishing touches on some of the carts, including pleather seating, carpets and cup holders.

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Problem solving the attachment points on the track.

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Popcorn break and time to sweep up the shop!

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Last adventure of the day to check out tactonite pellets, and this year’s crop of monarch caterpillars.

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See you tomorrow for our last day of building!!!!!

Gravity Coaster, Day 2

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Start of day 2 and builders moved the tracks down the ramp to develop a plan of where the track may realistically go.

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Figuring out the sizes of the gravity coaster carts.

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Doing a little math to dtermine out the sizes of the carts.

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Getting down to some making!

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The sand pit is like the beach, but without the water (….and a little steeper)!

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The weather warmed up and after the sunny sand pit, the cool water felt refreshing.

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Back at it for some more building.

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Time to put on some wheels.

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The first attempt. Will it work? The anticipation was running high.

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After a great day of building, we took a break at the end of the day and went for a walk to the wetlands to find some creatures.

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Not sure if the monarch butterflies will be as numerous as last summer, but the milkweed sure does have lots of tiny caterpillars on them right now.

Gravity Coaster, Day 1

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Builders are taking a tour of the Warehouse to kick off camp for 2019!

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Climbing up to ROTC rock.

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Playing a “name game” with some bowling balls that helps builders know each other.

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Builders put together a tool caddy to learn some of the essential tools in the shop and make something useful.

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The take apart table was super popular this morning.

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We found this adult garter snake while on a bike adventure today.

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Climbing and playing at the sand pit.

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Builders began to sketch ideas for the gravity coaster that they would design and build as part of their challenge.

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Using milk crates to begin to prototype the idea.

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Starting to put some of the track together.

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What will the carts or vehicles for the coaster look like?

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Taking a break and walked down to the rope swing for a cool dip in the river!

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Further thinking through the plan.

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Finally, getting some materials from the scrap pile for building tomorrow!