Aspen Camp Volunteer Weekend

Last month, CorpsTHAT had the privilege of joining Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and all their volunteers for a weekend filled with cleaning up their beautiful campus! Aspen Camp had plenty of trail work and camp ground space that needed a refresher so that all the campers can safely enjoy the outdoors this summer!

Along with volunteering, earlier that week CorpsTHAT was able to share Leave No Trace Ethics and Camping 101 skills with Aspen Camp Staff.  Emma and Sachiko had a blast connecting with the staff and other volunteers shared their love for the outdoors! And we’re even able to catch up with a fellow Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa Alumni, Gunner Hahn, who is working at Aspen Camp this summer.

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Looking forward to seeing all the fun that the Aspen Campers will have this summer!

CorpsTHAT visits RMDS Summer Camp!

CorpsTHAT got to spend a week with Rocky Mountain Deaf School’s (RMDS) The Great Outdoors summer camp for high schoolers.  A three week summer camp program outside of Denver, Colorado from June 6th to 21st. RMDS asked CorpsTHAT to collaborate with their summer camp for a week, and CorpsTHAT has been planning fun activities since early Spring.

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Enjoying an afternoon hike with a local volunteer botanist, learning all about the local pants and wildlife.

The founders of CorpsTHAT, Sachiko Flores and Emma Bixler lead one week of outdoor careers highlights at The Great Outdoors camp on June 11th to 14th. CorpsTHAT facilitated group activities, joining campers on field trips to local parks and outdoor spaces. They invited Deaf Outdoors professionals from the community to come present and share their experience of working in the outdoors.

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Everyone enjoyed learning about the 7 principles of Leave No Trace from JJ Blechold and Beatrice Olympia!

CorpsTHAT learned more about how the campers are connected to the outdoors and what their experiences and understanding of the outdoors and environment are. CorpsTHAT believes it is important to expose young Deaf people to the opportunities in the outdoors and they conclude that it is important to instill a love and curiosity for the environment at a young age. They value the Deaf community and want to give back to Deaf youth and Deaf Schools so they can strengthen the community and opportunities for other Deaf people.

 

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Cara Frank from Oregon Adaptive Sports in Bend, Oregon got to chat with RMDS students from a far about her experiences working in adaptive recreation.

Big Bend Texas with TSD Middle School!

This past May, CorpsTHAT had the privilege to join Texas School for the Deaf Middle School on their week long trip to Big Bend National Park.

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Sunset between a break in storms that brought much needed rain to Big Bend National Park

TSD’s middle school staff did a wonderful job of incorporating learning outside of the classroom.

 

The students learned about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and their work in Big Bend. Here one student shares her knowledge while visiting one of the CCC’s camps. Maybe some of them will be future conservation corps alumni and experience firsthand the hard work of the CCC! #corpswork

 

The students hiked up the switch backs to summit Emory Mountain, the second tallest mountain in the state of Texas.  Check out their view!

 

Learning about the local ecology, they saw in person the ecosystem at work!

CorpsTHAT loves seeing outdoor education in Deaf Schools at work! These students learned about history, ecology, team work, camping skills and got to appreciate new sights and experiences. Looking forward to seeing more Deaf Schools getting outdoors and enriching their student’s learning about our world!

Are you an Educator who is planing an outdoor trip or want to bring more outdoors into your classroom? Contact info@corpsthat.org for more information about how we can help!

See TSD’s trip day by day here:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5 and 6

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Everyone had fun at Big Bend National Park, hopefully they will be back again soon!