We’re at the last week of work here at Camp Taloali. While I am looking forward to seeing my Amerifriends back in Sacramento, I’ve really enjoyed working here at Camp and will really miss the staff here.
We were able to do a second Independent Service Project (ISP) while here in Oregon. We went to the Oregon Garden and helped remove invasive blackberry. The garden was beautiful, so even though we were working in the rain we had a great time, and the great gift shop there was of course a big plus. After the ISP we went to Sausagefest, a celebration of german sausage. Yes, this really was a festival going on, it was a lot a fun and the food was great.
Almost all of our work here has been outside, with a good portion of it involving wood chips. We created two new trails, and wood chipped two others. We built three signs and a pet memorial for campers to paint rocks for their dead pets. We also wood chipped a low ropes course, with about 13 truck loads of wood chips. You’d think wood chips would be light work, but covering an entire field builds some awesome muscles. Finally, we’ve removed invasive species, a never ending battle. One of the plants we remove is called Scotch Broom and the seeds can survive for 50 years before sprouting, also the entire root needs to be taken out in order to eradicate the plant.
In AmeriCorps NCCC, teams are required to complete two Community Days during their 10 months. Today my team completed one of them. A Community Day is when team members create their own volunteer service opportunity and invite members of the surrounding community to come and help. We had our Community Day at Camp Taloali. Our goal was to cement 14 tee pads on the disc golf course, fill 1000 plastic eggs with easter candy for the upcoming easter egg hunt, and to clear sticks, rocks and trash around camp. We completed the first two goals and part of the third with about 20 volunteers from Kiwanis and the local disc golf association. The weather was sunny and perfect all day, and the event went off wonderfully. I’m super proud of my teammates and to be part of Gold Composite.
Next Friday we will be driving back to campus, and a few days later my Gold Composite adventure will be over and I will return to my original team Silver 7. I’m sad to leave my current team, but super excited to go work outside San Francisco at Camp Tamarancho and then outside of Lake Tahoe at Camp Sacramento. Not sure how the wifi will be at either location, but I will work to keep updating this blog. 🙂 Hope everyone is having a wonderful St. Patty’s Weekend, stay safe. 😀