Parks and Recreation Summer Course

In the spirit of Ron Swanson’s love of the outdoors and Leslie Knope’s love for parks, students enrolled in the Parks and Recreation Summer Course will explore the opportunities of state parks throughout Wisconsin. The course begins with a planning session with students to plan activities at each of the parks and overall expectations. Students will learn skills in the areas of Natural Resources Systems and Food Products and Processing Systems. Students may also be required to hold a fishing license and hike long distances.

Activities may include but are not limited to:

Food Products and Processing Systems

Natural Resource Systems

Outline of the week is very broad. Possibly start on a Wednesday or Thursday with planning and leaving on the following Monday. This will allow for some extra days for students to gather materials and perhaps the parks be a little less busy during the week. Summer school classes only meet for 2 hours every day so the trip planning days should only take 2 hours or less each. One of the biggest hurdles in this entire trip is gender separation and having enough space for all of the equipment in vans. It may be necessary for a parent to bring a truck just for stuff so that the van can be used to move people around. This Parks and Recreation summer course can be an officer retreat or a reward for students that did an exceptional job throughout the school year.

Day 1 Trip Planning

  • List of packing materials
  • Check for fishing licences
  • Distribute permission forms
  • Collect course fees (if any apply)
  • Jerky making lab day 1

Day 2 Trip Planning

  • Start assembling materials
  • Check for fishing licences
  • Collect permission forms
  • Collect course fees (if any apply)
  • Jerky making lab day 2

Day 3 Leave for trip

  • Pack van or vans for trip
  • Leave for trip
  • Stop by grocery store to purchase meal supplies
  • Purchase trail mix supplies
  • Purchase wood at or near campsite
  • Arrive at campsite and setup camp

Day 4 Activities

  • Make breakfast
  • Go fishing
  • Leadership/team builder
  • Make lunch
  • Go bird watching
  • Go hiking
  • Prepare fire
  • Make supper (in foil)
  • Leadership/team builder

Day 5 Activities

  • Make breakfast
  • Go fishing
  • Leadership/team builder
  • Make lunch and off site activity
  • Go swimming
  • Prepare fire
  • Make supper (on a stick)
  • Leadership/team builder

Day 6 Activities

  • Make breakfast
  • Go fishing
  • Leadership/team builder
  • Make Lunch
  • Go bouldering
  • Track animals/go hiking
  • Prepare fire
  • Make supper (on shovels)

Day 7 Activities

  • Make breakfast
  • Go fishing
  • Leadership/Team builder
  • Pack up camp
  • Lunch on way back
  • Return to school
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