Student Volunteers taught participants how to make their own hammocks Last Thursday night.
“Its part of outdoor activities and we have meetings every Monday. They tell you about activities that they’re doing and you can be a volunteer to help out with that and help coordinate and lead them. It’s a pretty great opportunity you get to all of these fun things and you get to meet a lot of people.” Shayla Hardman
These skills can also be used in times of survival.
“I feel like you can learn a lot from it you know how to build hammocks for emergencies or when you just want to sleep outside under the stars. I think it can really give you a good love for nature and for the world Heavenly Father created for us.” Rachel Harrison.
Hammocks can be made with basic materials. The same material used to make parachutes can be fashioned to make a sling you can lie in. sturdy 20-foot straps tied correctly to a tree is all it takes to keep yourself aloft.
“Well I’ve always liked being outdoors and hammocks I find more comfortable than beds at some time. So if I wanted to just go outside and take a nap out there I’d have the perfect tools and opportunities.” Stephen Garcia
The hammocks were both easy and fun to make. When they were finished, students were excited about the hammocks they had made and the lessons and skills they would take away from the workshop.
Hammock building is only one of the many opportunities students have through the outdoor activities program. Things such as horseback riding, hiking and other outdoor activities as well as skill-based activities are offered through this program. Reporting from the Manwaring center I’m Nathan Kearsley, Scroll digital