Today's our final push; this morning on the hill is our last shot at perfecting our carts before this afternoon's joust. Like many sessions before us, we walk up the hill today with a long list of things to accomplish, and each group has their own challenges ahead of them. That being said, the air about camp this morning is not dark or imposing, but everyone's buzzing with excitement. We go up the hill ready to confront our tasks head on, knowing that the latter half of the day will reward our hard work.
Lunch today marks the deadline for finishing our carts, and each group looks to be in great shape for the afternoon's festivities. We put down our tools and break for a quick meal.
Afterwards, we gather the group to have a conversation about the bullying behavior that has put a cloud over this week. Tinkering School is committed to being a safe place for everyone, and as a staff we believe it is paramount that everyone feels comfortable and included. In addition to that, this is a failure-positive environment where we believe that everyone can grow and improve. Today we focused on healing and learning from this experience.
As we move into the afternoon, the Master of Ceremonies makes her entrance.
Caroline, as the only member of the staff without a horse in this race — err, cart in the joust — is made the arbiter of the competition.
We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast for a message from Ben: "Twas almost time for the joust to begin; the leaves rustle intently, anticipating the coming battle. Ready for use, giants snore under their tarps and overhangs, dreaming of victory, lusting for blood."
Thanks Ben. Now, back to our regular programming.
The aftermath of a Piki-Nooi collision.
A Panda-Piki collision.
Kablooi and Nooi mid collision.
A Panda-Nooi collision.
We assure you that these are the mortal remains of melons, not of human camp members.
As a finale Elijah hurls our final melon off the top of the windmill.
After dinner on Friday, it's tradition here at Overnight Camp to build a bonfire out of the wood scraps we've made throughout the session and burn them in recognition of our hard work.
As the fire burns down it's time to have some fun with it. First we burn one of the water jugs we took to the beach. It's made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which, when burned, only produces water and Carbon Dioxide as products. That means we can burn it without worrying about harmful additives in the plastic — plus, it makes a really fascinating noise as it burns.
After that we take turns spraying cooking oil into the fire. Because the cans are designed for use in the kitchen around lots of heat, we don't need to worry about them around the fire. If you get the angle right you can spray the oil in the fire and create a fireball in the palm of your hand (it's not actually burning in your palm).
And that's it! Carts have been built, carts have been smashed, carts have been repaired, we smashed an additional melon, and we had a fire. We'll see you tomorrow (or, as Mia wants me to write it: wheel see you tomorrow) for some more excellent cart mashing, and we'll see (or, as Mia again amends me: wheel see) who the ultimate winner is.