From June 11–13, summer camp staff from Mass Audubon Camps across the state gathered at Wildwood for Field School, a fun, hands-on, 3-day training program designed to kick off the summer and get staff ready for camp.
Camps from every corner of Massachusetts were there, from Pleasant Valley in the Berkshires to Wellfleet Bay on Cape Cod. We even got to see the fine folks from our Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Martha’s Vineyard, who took the ferry to the mainland to make the long trek to Rindge!
Staff learned new skills and brushed up on old ones, from tree identification to group management, and waterfront safety to fire-building. Special training workshops with Mass Audubon Diversity and Inclusion Specialist Lisa Harrison and Education Director Kris Scopinich encouraged folks to dig deeper on topics like welcoming and celebrating diversity at our camps and exploring potential future careers in environmental and conservations fields, respectively.
Each day was jam-packed but also included ample free time for exploring the property and having fun at the waterfront with swimming and paddling. It’s safe to say our staff are pumped up and excited to welcome campers and their families to the 2018 summer camp season!
Here are some photos from Field School to give you a glimpse of all the fun and learning that took place: