After the campers arrive and get settled into their yurts, we circle up to begin our session, where everyone introduces themselves with their name, their spirit tool and pronouns. Following that, we go over the three rules (plus the secret sixth rule) of Tinkering School.
After going over the rules and expectations of camp, we head up the hill to our build site for Tool Training.
The first stop in Tool Training is the chopsaw, where Kaitlyn shows the group how to turn a large piece of wood into a smaller one.
Next comes clamp training. Kevin demonstrates how an orange "twisty clamp" can be used to hold something while working on it.
Finally, the campers learn to use the tool that will spend the most time in their hands - the driver. The vast majority of this week will be spent using screws to fasten our projects together, so we make sure to spend a lot of time mastering the driver's intricacies.
To conclude our training, Caroline walks us through the local flora. Poison Oak and Hemlock should be avoided, while blackberries are a great snack on your way up the hill.
Having finished Tool Training, we head down the hill for dinner. Afterwards, Caroline and Kaitlyn demonstrate what to do if you see the mountain lion that's been hanging around our neighborhood. Parents, worry not, as the cat hasn't been seen in over a week, and the large number of humans living at camp has moved its migration path.