Outdoor Club Goes on an Adventure

Post date: Jan 7, 2016 1:48:17 PM

Pics from the Standing Stone Backpacking Adventure can be seen here.

On December 17, 2015, 40 students from the Jackson County and Livingston Academy Outdoor Clubs met at Standing Stone State Park to participate in the first annual Standing Stone Backpacking Adventure. Upon arrival that Thursday evening, students were tasked with establishing camp and preparing for the next two days. Students then hiked to the Tea Room where they received classes on the skills they would need to master the competition over the next two days.

As students emerged from their tents on a cold Friday morning, they discovered the beautiful snow flurries falling upon the park. Students were treated to a pancake breakfast as they prepared their packs for the day. After a quick pack check and an endurance challenge, the individual teams began their adventures on the trail.

As students hiked the 5 mile loop around the beautiful Kelly Lake, the first station they encountered was fly fishing. Here the teams were taught to cast a fly rod, and were judged on accuracy. The next station was fire building. Each team had to build a fire using flint and steel and a separate fire using only a single match. As students continued around the trail, they were challenged with wildlife identification, knot tying, tree identification, shelter building, first aid, and a team building activity.

When all students had completed the hike, we returned to the campground where they prepared dinner for their individual teams. After dinner, the students returned to the Rec Hall where they had to prepare team skits. Campers were treated to hot dutch oven cobblers at the conclusion of the skits. The teams then returned to the campground for another brisk night of camping.

On Saturday morning, the teams reassembled at the Rec Hall for an awards ceremony. Each team could earn a maximum of ten point at each station. Teams were awarded certificates for overall top three places as well as best performance at each challenge.

The Outdoor Clubs of Livingston Academy and Jackson County would like to thank Standing Stone State Park, Friends of Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Department of Forestry, and Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation. Without the help of all these agencies, this event would not have been possible.

1st Place Overall Team - Hardcore 4 - Livingston Academy -

Mary Rachel Gean, Jamie Wilson, Dalton Clark, Josh Beau, (Alternate Abby Sells)

2nd Place Overall Team - JC Football -Jackson County

Orry Smallwood,

3rd Place Overall Team - The Super Team - Jackson County