And, did I mention CAMPING? The troop had decided on their activities--which included creek wading, hiking, tree climbing--not to mention all the other issues related to being outside (uneven terrain, carrying, heat, fatigue, long distances between handholds, etc). I am also NOT A FAN of camping. My husband is--so off he and E went.
Elena made sure to pack her bag herself (it's the Daisy Way). She was encouraged to carry her own backpack (which was heavy; she did, but Jason was definitely holding some of it up for her, as she was crouching pretty badly under the weight by the time they made it to the campsite). The campsite was relatively flat, but there is a big difference between flooring and grass/gravel/mulch/etc. Elena wore her sneakers (without braces) a lot of the time b/c it was simply SO HOT, her feet were soaking wet and Jason was worried about blistering her feet in her AFOs. Both Jason and I were worried Elena would "wilt" in a short amount of time in the heat. All the Daisies were expected to be friendly, helpful (everyone had a job) and supportive. Erin is an amazing troop leader, so I was hopeful things would go well...but, there were a lot of new obstacles and challenges for Elena.
E's first camping trip. Jason warned me he was NOT taking his phone. So I got zero updates. I didn't necessarily *worry*, but I did want a little information while they were gone...but I had to wait until they got home the following afternoon.
E's first words to me:
"Mom, YOU MISSED OUT!"
E and Daddy looking for firewood
Cleaning up the fire circle
Wading in the creek (wearing water shoes)
Knotting the Dishline
Washing Dishes (they had an assembly line)
Walking Across the campground (sneakers, no braces, no crutches, no help)
Setting the breakfast table
Hiking (definitely braces and crutches; she went about 1/4 mile "the way out"; Jason gave her a ride back)
Sample walking distance--from the latrine (blue rectangle in the background) to where E is sitting--no help, sometimes no braces/crutches