A very popular activity among our younger campers is the building of homes for the gnomes who care for our forests.
These nomadic creatures require homes built of natural materials that have not been harmed in any way (i.e. no live tree branches). We have seen amusement parks, fire and police stations and gnome apartment buildings to name a few of the great things build for our little friends.
This activity moves from imagination at the young ages to teamwork and planning challenges for the older campers. No Trace is our practice around the building of shelters and, if safe and permitted, small fires.
In the summer we throw a bucket of water onto the shelters with the campers who built them inside to test their effectiveness and we roast a marshmallow each on the fires built.
Before the activity ends, everything needs to be returned to nature in a way that it is impossible to see that anyone has been in that location.