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Experience Gained at Outdoor Adventure Camp Held in Garden Valley

Students gather for an outdoor campfire cooked dinner. Photo by Rob Brazie

A Boise State University Outdoor Adventure was held at Weilmunster Charter Mountain Property recently bringing an opportunity for kid’s to experience an overnight adventure trip. Over 40 students from Boise’s North Junior High and Timberline High schools were invited.

Idaho Fish and Game Officer Rob Brazie was contacted by Boise State’s Outdoor Adventure Professor Dr. Ken Bell about a location for an overnight adventure trip. Officer Brazie immediately thought of Charter Mountain Ranch, which is privately owned by Don and Linda Weilmunster. “I couldn’t think of a better spot to provide plenty of room to run in a more picturesque setting than that property,” according to Brazie. Even with a forecast of gloomy weather, they kept plans in place for the students participating in the program.

Students checking out the pond for their opportunity to fish.  Photo by Rob Brazie

Students checking out the pond for their opportunity to fish. Photo by Rob Brazie

“I contacted owner Don Weilmunster and he graciously allowed us to host the event on the Charter Mountain property.” said Officer Brazie. The participants built survival shelters, learned fly fishing, archery skills and prepared their own dinner over the campfire. Supervision was provided by BSU students from Dr. Bell’s Outdoor Recreation program.

Cooking and eating elk on a stick.Dr. Ken Bell is in center cutting up elk steak  Photo by Rob Brazie

Cooking and eating elk on a stick.Dr. Ken Bell is in center cutting up elk steak Photo by Rob Brazie

Don Weilmunster was excited to provide his property for the students because in his words, “It was great to see kids have a safe place to try a camping adventure.” Weilmunster embraces the concept of adventure camping and he also knew the Charter Mountain property would provide everything the event needed. He even spent some time with the kids while they fished and cooked over the open fire. He said that he wants to make this a once a year event. He explained how touched he was seeing kids have the opportunity to do outdoor activities through this program.

The kids had a real camping adventure, including rain. The survival shelters were put to the test as rain and hail was falling throughout the evening. This did not stop the kids from catching rainbow trout and large-mouth bass from ponds located on the Charter Ranch property. Students not only caught, but cleaned and cooked the fish. They learned how to cook elk steaks and baked potatoes for their dinner.

BSU has an outdoor adventure program to “Play Outdoors”. Trip events and outdoor clinics are planned with trained leaders of events. The adventure trips and clinics are led by students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share it. Outdoor Program instructors are experienced and trained to provide positive and exciting lifelong adventures. This includes everything from backpacking to cycling to yoga. Many of the trips are in Boise county areas and Bogus Basin. Go to  https://rec.boisestate.edu/outdoor/trips-schedule/#outdoorclinics for more information.

Officer Brazie said, “For many of these kids, this may be their only exposure to what camping in Idaho’s mountains is all about. We gave them the opportunity to prove that they can do this, no matter what the weather.” Dr. Bell also added, “I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Weilmunster, Idaho Fish and Game, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Boise State University for their cooperation and support to make this event happen.”

3 Comments on Experience Gained at Outdoor Adventure Camp Held in Garden Valley

  1. Excellent job, North Physical Education teachers and parents of students for giving them permission to go!!!!

  2. Thank you so much for such a wonderful opportunity for the kids! Great job of organizing the event Dr. Bell. Shout out to Mr. Price (Timberline), Mr. Miller, Mr.Scott, and Mrs.Jonakin (North Junior High) for their efforts in teaching kids.
    Mr.Weilmunster was a gracious and wonderful host for letting us stay on his property. I hope we can make this an annual event.
    Thank you.
    Thank

  3. Nice going, Don Weilmunster! A great opportunity for the kids!

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