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Badger Creek courses teach ward unity

The BYU-Idaho Outdoor Learning Center located at Badger Creek is open year-round for campus and community gros to come participate in a variety of activities.
According to the BYU-I website, Badger Creek, located approximately 45 miles northeast of Rexburg, is a ranch owned by BYU-I and is used as an outdoor learning center. The facility is run by certified staff and has ropes courses, campsites, cabins and a lodge.
According to the BYU-I website, the ropes course at Badger Creek includes a giant swing, a climbing wall that leads to a zip line, an inclined log and a jungle gym.
Leishman went to Badger Creek for a ward activity in the Fall semester of 2012.
“There were lots of things to do, but not too much that you’re overwhelmed,” said Jeanette Leishman, a senior studying therapeutic recreation. “We had free time where we just played in the snow and had a snowball fight.”
Badger Creek is for the use of campus Home Evening gros, ward gros and sports teams or departments. Gros who want to use the facilities need to submit a reservation request form, located on the BYU-I website, at least seven days prior to their request date.
Leishman said 48 people signed for her ward activity and although not everyone went, they were still able to use the facilities and have a good time.
Packets of information are provided to the gro leaders depending on which program they are participating in: a half-day stay, an evening stay, a full-day stay, or an overnight weekend stay.
Half-day stays are 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. or 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., and evening stays are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Full-day stays last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and overnight weekend trips start Friday nights at 5 p.m. and go until Saturday at noon.
According to the BYU-I website, the certified staff members of Badger Creek will work with the gro leaders to organize activities each gro needs in order to facilitate effective team building and learn how to communicate better.
“Our gro leaders worked with the Badger Creek employees, and it was a huge burden lifted from them,” Leishman said. “The leaders just told them what we wanted to do and the employees planned it.”
Ben Myler, a sophomore studying social work said that the employees had a lot of enthusiasm.
“They kept us excited and created an enjoyable experience for us,” said Myler.
Campus gros can now go to Badger Creek for no cost, unless there is a meal provided by the facilities. Gros can bring their own food and use the facility’s resources to plan and prepare meals.
“Food for our activity just came out of the ward budget,” Leishman said. “It’s pretty affordable.”
To make a reservation or find out about spending a semester at Badger Creek students can visit the camp’s home page at www.byui.edu/badger-creek.

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