|Atlanta Inner City Outings volunteers and youth from the Warren Boys & Girls Club took a trip on October 20 to Fort Mountain State Park for hiking and "camping 101." The group hiked the Tower Loop and hung out at the overlook for a while (it was nice!!!). After enjoying the views, the group headed down the road for lunch and to put up tents and roast marshmallows. The kids also played on the beach and made sandcastles. Unfortunately the B&G club van wouldn't start, but park maintenance staff was able to come to the rescue. Once it started, we left to put up tents and finish the marshmallows back at Warren!
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|On August 25, kids from the Warren Boys & Girls Club and Atlanta Inner City Outings volunteers ventured out to Sweetwater Creek State Park. The day of hiking included great views of the creek, the ruins and the water falls. The kids loved the rocks in the creek so much (water level was low). After lunch snake talk by Ally. The kids liked touching the snakes. After the snake talk everyone went back down to creek to play on the rocks. The kids REALLY enjoyed the rocks. They ignored my flyer suggestion to wear shorts but they got in blue jeans and all. They claimed it was the best field trip ever and wanted to know when we were coming back.
|Eight kids and 5 Atlanta Inner City Outings volunteers braved Raccoon Mountain in Tennessee. We had a new volunteer who was checking us out and Coach Greg from Warren as well. The entracne to the cave was awesome, just like in the pictures and then it got cramped. We literally crawled on out stomeach through some of the tightest spots. The kids were scard at first (I think of seeing vampire bats) but quickly got over it. The adults had as much fun as the kids. It definitely expanded our comfort zones. Raccoon Mountain Caverns is a great place to go and they have a great campground on the property if a group wants to do a overnight. We did the Fossil tour which was 2 hrs. The time flew by but it was just long enough.
On March 10, eight youth from Warren-Holyfield Boys and Girls Club (with four Atlanta Inner City Outings leaders and volunteers) joined the Atlanta Sierra Club team that monitors the status of the South Fork of Peachtree Creek (near Medlock Park in Decatur) as part of Georgia Adopt-A-Stream. As summarized in an e-mail from the survey team leader: “Really wanted to tell you what a FANTASTIC time we had this past Saturday. The kids were great, and it was a delight to hear them oohhhing and aahhing at the critters we found…” The outing began with an explanation of how water quality affects aquatic biodiversity, then the youth were able to see how the temperature, chemistry, and biota of the water are measured. The most fun part was sifting through buckets of leaves and sediment from the creek to find and identify clams and mussels, blackfly larvae, aquatic worms, dragonfly and damselfly nymphs, and caddisflies. They also saw several Mallard ducks and small fish. The Sierra Club survey team gave excellent explanations of how stream monitoring works, and were very patient with their questions. After the survey, there was time for hiking along the stream, skipping rocks, and rummaging through the strange things in the sand before a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, the group hiked to the old Decatur Water Works, and enjoyed climbing on the ruins and playing in the creek. After a closing snack at Medlock Park, the group headed back to the Boys & Girls Club.
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|The trip began with a snack, preparation of the daypacks for the day (making lunches, filling water bottle), and a discussion of the trip--including where we were going, what we expect to see and do, and the principles of "leave no trace" outings. There was an activity sheet what had questions about the upcoming outing and events during the day. The group rode to the East Paisades trail in the Warren bus and took a route that let the kids see the homes in the neighborhood. At the park, they hiked to the river overlook, then down to the river, out on the Devil's Race Course shoals (where they had lunch), and followed the rest of the trail to see the mini-bamboo forest and the rocks that overlook the rapids at the bend of the river. Then they hiked back to the bus and en route to the B&G club, there was a stop for frozen yogurt, a drive by the Governor's mansion, and the end of the trip back at the club.