After packing the bus we were off to have a nice fun time at the beach.
One group of boys Justice, Alex, and Jonah were very adamant about using their 10 person tent for just the three of them. They almost gave up and were thinking about using a smaller tent but after some of there classmates and myself came to help we were able to figure out how to set up their massive tent. At least they don't have to worry about bumping into each other at night.
At first after we had set up all of our tents some of the students were content with just lounging back and relaxing enjoying the outdoors.
We brought some sports equipment with us to keep us occupied during the day. So we had a bocce and volleyball tournament. Played some badminton with our makeshift net and string. Then some were content with throwing around a football and frisbee to each other.
There was currently a fire ban in the area so we couldn't have a good old camp fire and roast some marshmallows but I had brought a small propane fire pit so we could still sit around a fire and keep warm later when it got dark.
As it was getting dark the weather looked like it was going to turn for the worse and it seemed like we were going to get rained on and then around 10:30pm it started to rain so the kids decided it was a good time to go to bed.
Then around 12:30am I suddenly woke up and hear hear voices of all my students and I was wondering what in the world were they doing and hopefully it was something they shouldn't be doing. So I got out of my tent and they all came towards me and said they were going to wake me up and surprise me and then they all thanked me for being their teacher in EPIC and taking them out camping. This moment here just brought everything together for me as the students were showing me that they have enjoyed the EPIC program and that it has been a success.
Then in the morning I got everything ready for breakfast and we cooked up some bacon, hash browns and, pancakes. It didn't take long for the students to take down their tents and pack up their stuff, tricky part was trying to get it back into the bus. Then we did a full clean of the area and we were going to head back to the high school and be there around lunch time. Before we left I did a sweep of the area just to make sure all the garbage was picked up and to make sure that nobody left anything behind. Then sure enough Taylor left here sunglasses laying in the grass and she didn't even notice that they were gone.
Then coming back into the school we unloaded the bus and brought everything back into the classroom. Then we didn't have much to do for the last part of the day so the students cleaned out their lockers and we helped bring desks into the small gym for the final exams. Then when the bell rung it was a bit sad seeing my EPIC students leave for the last time, as we became quite close being with each other all day and everyday throughout the semester.