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Meet Austin (that's him above), a sixth grader at Carus Elementary in Oregon. Each year, for the past 30 years, Carus takes students to the Outdoor School at Camp Hancock in Fossil, Oregon. The camp is run by OMSI, (the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) which means it's really awesome and educational and stuff. Students have to contribute some of the cost it takes to go, and Austin's family couldn't afford to send him, so we helped out.
Here's the incredibly awesome thank-you note he wrote us:
"It meant a lot for me to be able to go to Outdoor School. I thought I might not be able to make it and when I was there I was super excited! I really liked the 5 hour, uphill hikes. I saw a rattlesnake up close and we climbed down a waterfall. My favorite Interest Group was Aboriginal Skills, where I threw a staff to represent throwing a spear and I even beat the instructor's (Astro Dan's) distance record of throwing it. I also had a lot of fun with my friends, especially at night in the cabin when we played poker. The thing I remember learning the most was at the rock climbing wall, where we learned to set goals for ourselves and to push ourselves to the limit!"
Way to go beating Astro Dan, Austin! We really admire the grit of anyone who likes (and can even do) 5 hour uphill hikes. Camp sure sounds like a lot of fun, especially hanging out at the cabin playing ... wait, poker?!?