June is weird... after May had days of high 80° and 90°F temperatures, we had a really chilly first weekend of June with evenings in the 50° range.
But... 7 girls aged 5-10 and 4 adults went on a "Backpacking 101" class that I coordinated. It was semi-supplied - the girls only carried in part of their gear, the adults carried in more, and the rest was driven in to the site earlier in the day. (like the "backpacking tents" that council supplied us that weighed at least 15 lbs each
Friday - met after dinner, hiked in about 1.75 miles, took forever (2.5 hours) to do so as the kids were not used to the idea & anything unknown is scary. Set up tents on the isthmus/dam between the lakes, goofed around, and had some fun. Drove one family home at 10pm because a girl spiked a fever of 103, wound up being treated for strep.
Saturday - painted the "Scary Pavilion" in a no-longer-scary color (20'x20' probably, took 4 gallons of paint) as a service project & then hiked 2 miles out to a restaurant for burgers and ice cream, plus 2 miles back quickly to get in before the rain showers. The girls made that hike back in less than an hour.
Sunday - pack up, hang tents in the shelter to dry because there were heavy storms overnight: 5 flashes of lightning over 10 minutes, so I went with 'shelter-in-place' rather than dragging children out of tents in pouring rain at midnight to force-march to a true shelter building...yours truly didn't get much sleep overnight while watching the weather radar. I went back with strep family (now on abx) and sorted/stowed the now-dry tents while those girls got in some more camp time.
7-8 total miles hiked, half with a full pack
A gorgeous weekend, some mosquitoes, but nothing oppressive. Saw squirrels, rabbits, enormous carp in the lake, turtles, deer and a fawn, and a gazillion bugs I cannot identify, but didn't really bother us. I now have three new families converted to "growing into backpacking" and some talk was made of doing the Ice Age Trail in short weekend stints as a group. Hopefully council will learn from this event that we can use the back side of camp without putting any strain whatsoever on the 'front side' and let us use that pavilion during the summer as a rest stop or location for other events.