Camp Clark

We do summer camp right in our own back yard

September 2, 2006

Gathering at O'Brien Field Dozens of students turned out on an overcast, breezy and cool Saturday to enjoy an afternoon of canoeing, nature walks, ultimate Frisbee, kickball, music, food and fun at our big co-sponsored Camp Clark kickoff event. The approaching remnants of Hurricane Ernesto had turned Camp Clark into a planning nightmare as weather forecasts changed by the hour and conflicted with one another even on the morning of the event. But despite the threatening skies, the rain never came; and our slightly downsized Camp Clark event was a success!

Canoe launch The Outing Club teamed up with Friends of the Blackstone and Tatnuck Brook Watershed Association to sponsor canoeing on Coes Reservoir.

Canoeists Canoeist The eight canoes we launched were out on the water for most of the afternoon.

Canoeists across the resevoir For some, it was their first time ever in a canoe, while others had a good deal of experience.

Jeff, Dani and CJ in their canoe Jeff, Dani and CJ drift back toward the launch site after a relaxing journey around the reservoir.

Keith kayaking in Coes Keith from Friends of the Blackstone drove up from Rhode Island with the canoes. He's made a life mission out of cleaning and restoring the Blackstone River.

Canoe towing a truck tire Outing Club members Emily and Sasha do their part to help Coes Reservoir as they struggle to tow a truck tire found in the water.

Ed with truck tire Ed, who is president of the Tatnuck Brook Watershed Association, rolls the recovered tire up toward the road.

WaterWatch banner Clark's WaterWatch group - one of Camp Clark's co-sponsors - was also on hand to deliver its clean water message.

Hiking group DJ Godfrey

After spending time on the water, a group hikes the trail leading from the reservoir back toward Clark's O'Brien Softball Field and Hadwen Arboretum where the rest of the Camp Clark activities are taking place.

At the softball field, ROC-U DJ Godfrey keeps the music hopping. ROC-U was another camp clark co-sponsor.

Choosing teams for kickball The Ultimate Team went above and beyond the call of duty promoting Camp Clark, and kept the tempo moving with Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball, and other games. On the field, kickball captains Aliya and Valerie face the motley crew as they choose their teams.

Kickball Jeremiah rolls a fastball down the middle for a strike!

Kickball Kickball

Colin winds up for a hard shot to right.

A high fly ball to shallow left field.

Group watching kickball Hey sports fans!

Bethany and friend On the opposite side of the field, Bethany and Butters keep a low profile as they watch the game.

Randa and Jeff We promised good food, and Randa came to the rescue with delicious edibles from SAVVY and Artichoke Food Coop. She and Jeff have some fun once their mission is accomplished (*really* mission accomplished).

Dani and new baby watermelon

Just above the softball field, Mass Audubon Society's Education Director from Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary was on hand to lead nature walks through Clark's Hadwen Arboretum.

The Arboretum also hosts one of the Worcester Regional Environmental Council's Community Gardens, where Dani proudly displays her new baby watermelon.

Relaxing at O'Brien Field Members of Student Council, the Community Engagement and Volunteering Center, and the Outing Club enjoy the festivities. The three groups and the Office of Student Leadership and Programming, Ultimate Club, ROC-U, SAVVY, Escort Service, EMS, and the Athletic Department were among the Clark organizations which made Camp Clark a reality!

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