Day 5 of camp sprung into action by waking up in a tepee. Josh, Laura and myself asked for permission to spend the night at camp, rather than heading back into town (what an experience!) I think the magical part of spending time here on the reservation is the people here are so welcoming. I have been here less than a week and I feel like I am a part of their community.
Within their community there is a lot of respect for elders, which unfortunately isn’t something we see very often back at home. One of the boys took my chair today and wouldn’t get up! The camp leader, Ethylene, said “Make sure we let the elder people sit down.” Without hesitation the boy got up from his seat and says to me “You’re lucky.” (haha) I thought this moment was great because he knew he HAD to get up. I think they have a good thing going here, respecting elders is a lesson we really need to touch up on back at home.
The main attraction of Day 5 was taking a field trip to Evan’s Plunge in Hot Springs, South Dakota! Being a college student I have done a lot of learning this week and “play” can be one of the best forms of therapy. This week we have done a lot of activities with identifying feelings and what we can do to help control our feelings, but sometimes you just have to go out and have fun! The day was filled with water slides, swimming, and running around at the nearby parks. With all the smiles and laughter being shared today, I knew today was a success!