Today we went to the community center where the majority of the camp will take place. We met with Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs and she gave a very thorough presentation on the Lakota people, what sustains them, and what they’ve endured. A group of youth from another service group called Shoulder To Shoulder joined us, along with other native Lakota who will be doing individual break-out sessions at the camp. Those break-out sessions will include the Lakota language, native offerings, and planting native plants.
The big surprise of the day was finding out that while we were planning for about 20-25 children, we have 54 registered for camp this year. We spent the afternoon dividing kids by age, placing them in group sizes we HOPE we can handle, and planning each groups’ order of activities. We had 25 “memory books” ready for the children to draw and journal in during camp so they will be able to take some thoughts with them when they return home. We will place them in the sun and water them and hope they multiply by tomorrow morning.