On July 29th & 30th, the 4th grade students from Toyohara Elementary School went on a two day camping trip to Kotonami at Kenkofureai Camp Grounds.
78 children participated on the trip which was sponsored by the Toyohara School District Children’s Welfare Association.
On the first day the kids raised their tents, played in the river, cooked curry and rice using camping utensils, bathed in metal drums, played games at night, and went star watching.
On day two they had watermelon, made chopsticks and containers from bamboo, and ate nagashi somen. (This is when somen noodles are funneled down a bamboo tube. You stop them with your chopsticks and eat them. This is common in summer in Japan.)
Unfortunately, these types of children’s camping trips have become less common within the prefecture.
Every year we receive questions from parents asking what would happen in the case of an emergency since there aren’t any teachers.
Despite the slight risk, this camping experience will be a lasting memory for the kids.