With the vans full of supplies, 23 youth, 4 adults, and Caleb set off on a three night, four day working camping trip.
The first item on the to-do list after arriving in Cougar was to setup camp. This was more of a challenge for some than others, but in the end everyone found a tent to call home for the next couple of days. After a quick lunch, the crews set out on their first adventure aka work project at the Ape Cave. Working in pairs, the crews scoured the cave for trash, enjoyed the cool cave air, and experienced the wonder of being deep underground.
Trail maintenance and brushing were the primary focus of the projects for the final week of the 2015 season. The crews worked in places that many of them had never been before including the June Lake, Norway Pass, Kalama Ski, Goat Marsh, and Boundary trails. Each trail provided its own challenges, as well as spectacular views of Mt. St. Helens.
While the purpose of the camping trip was to complete projects around Mt. St. Helens, it wouldn’t be FYS if we didn’t learn something and have some fun. After the long workdays, crews did Challenge activities, ate until they couldn’t take another bite, made s’mores, swam, and enjoyed spending time with friends both old and new.
This amazing opportunity for FYS participants to explore and work on projects at the reaches of both Skamania County and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Thank you for providing us with the perfect end to our work season!