Survival 101 Day Camp… How it turned out

This summer, me, a Fourteen-year-old, decided to run a Survival Camp.
I got this idea last year but thought the task too big for me, and so I did not run it.
However, this summer, I decided to try it out. Therefore, I started preparing for this camp in early April.
I had to think of what equipment we needed, if we needed insurance, where we would make the camp, how we would run the camp, how to introduce the camp to others, and more.

Therefore, I decided to split up the camp tasks to multiple people. I got two of my friends, Matthews and Samuel to help me run the camp. We split the tasks between us and after a couple months, we had set up a company, started a website, made a plan, found a place to run the camp, and bought all the equipment we needed.

After all the planning, all we had to do was enlist people in the camp. All in all, we managed to get five people to join the camp, Barnabus Gui, Daniel Li, Joshua Zhan, Stella Zhang, and Nicholas Zhang.

Now, it was time for the camp to be run. The day before the camp, we scouted out the place, went over the schedule, and made sure everything was ready. Then, it was finally time. On the day of the camp, the kids arrived, and we went through the schedule. The first day we went through Shelter Building. We got each camper to get into groups of two, where one of them went with me. Then, each group made shelters. Turns out, their shelter’s were well made, because later in the day, it started raining, and so we had to take cover under the shelters. Nobody ended up getting wet, and at the end of the day, we made a campfire. When I got home, I was dead tired. I’d say the first day was pretty successful.

I woke up the next day, refreshed and ready. On the second day, we taught them how to start fires. After the lesson, we went to collect sticks. Sadly the day before it had rained, and so fire starting was rather difficult. However, in the end, Daniel finally managed to start a fire, and with everyone else’s help, they got a nice big fire started, which concluded the day. That day, when I got home I almost fainted from exhaustion. Then, at night time we went back to the campsite to sleep, and I slept in a hammock, under the tarp. That night, it rained hard.

The next morning was very cold, and damp. The rain hadn’t stopped yet, so we decided to go to one of the big shelters. When the kids arrived there, I taught them how to wrap themselves a Tripod, and later, we got to the campsite and had a shelter skirmish, that is, a shelter building challenge. I challenged them all to build a different type of shelter, but only Daniel’s and Stella’s ever turned out well. Barnabus, Josh, and Nicholas decided to stay with the regular one, and with time, managed to make it. At the end of the day, we were all tired but had fun playing around a campfire.

Then, came Thursday. On Thursday, we learned about wilderness foods, and how to tell if they are safe to eat or not. Then, we went to gather cattail, started a fire, made a tripod, and started to cook our cattail. The cattail was pretty hard and tasted like dried gum. Later that day we went on a hike to gather some wood for a fire in the next day. That night, we went back to the campsite to sleep. This time, Joshua’s family also came, and we cooked meat over the fire, and then went to sleep, Josh and his sister slept pretty late, talking throughout the entire night.

The next day, Daniel came to camp early by around 45 minutes, and we went on a hike together to gather rocks for the firepit’s. When the rest of the camper’s arrived, I separated the five of them into 3 groups, Daniel by himself, Barnabus and Joshua together, and then Stella and Nicholas together. Each of them had gathered wood the day before, but just in case they didn’t get enough, we went to get more. Then, we started our Fire Competition. Each of the groups were to start a fire themselves with their Firesteel’s and build their fire high enough to burn through a rope above their fire. Surprisingly, Daniel, the one by himself, was the one to do it first. Eventually, however, all the other teams also built great fires. Each team got their prizes of candy. Then, at lunch, we had a barbecue which my parent’s provided of sausages and of corn. We continued in the afternoon with Trap making. I taught them how to do the T-bar snare, which actually took a while. Some of the camper’s decided to quit after working for 10 minutes, but a couple of them continued, and we ended up with 2 pretty cool, working traps. We ended off the week with a camp review and rating. All the reviews were positive, and I will probably end up hosting this camp again next year.

I really think this camp was a great experience, and I learned a lot from this camp. I enjoyed the challenge that running this camp provided, and am thinking of hosting it again. So, what did I learn from this camp? First of all, I learned that it is very important to not procrastinate. I ended up making the schedule for camp one week before it actually took place, and the lessons were not quite as planned out as they should have been. Building on to that, I also learned that Planning is probably one of the most important things you can do. Why? Because if I had planned better for the camp, it could have gone much smoother, and the camper’s probably would have learned more.

In conclusion, I really loved the process of running this camp, and have learned a lot from doing so. Thank God for such a good time, and for having no big injuries taking place. Who knows what God has in hold for me next.
See you next time.

Equiano’s Life at Sea

Olaudah Equiano was an African born in 1745. Equiano was kidnapped when he was about 11 years of age, along with his sister. They were later separated and sold to different master’s, which devastated Equiano.

 

Equiano was eventually sold to a slaveholding ship, which truly horrified him. Hundreds of slaves had been crammed inside the ship, chained to each other with little food or water, and no toilet. That meant that many slaves died from diseases after having to inhale the feces of all the other slaves. The slaves were treated horribly, sometimes being whipped until they couldn’t stand anymore. After another voyage and more trading masters, Equiano ends up with a sailor on a ship. This master treats him well, and Equiano becomes very loyal to him.

 

Over the years of being out at sea, Equiano learned much about how ships operate, how the system of the crew works, and about the British and French sides. He also learned how to read and write, something that was extremely important to him. At one point he gained the help of a father-like figure, who taught him some basics of arithmetic too. Equiano was having the time of his life, and by the time he was 14 he spoke English rather clearly, could understand what others were saying to him, and became an important member of the crew. Despite switching ships now and again, he stayed with his master nearly all the time, and the two had a tender bond. All seemed to be well until his time of the ship was up, and he was to be freed.

 

On that day, Equiano was very hopeful and excited. The rest of the crew encouraged him, saying he would be free soon, and that they were sure of it. Legally, Equiano’s master did not have any right to keep him as a slave or sell him, and so Equiano was quite certain he would be free soon. However, his master (who he had been with for years now) locked him up and found a captain on a neighbouring ship who would buy him. Equiano was unlawfully sold and he could do nothing about it. His former shipmates promised to find and free him once they got their wages, but his freedom was far from his grasp.

 

In conclusion, Equiano greatly enjoyed his time at sea and was quite content. However, because of his greedy master, he was unable to gain freedom, and so was condemned to slavery for a longer period of time.
Thanks for reading.

Note-Taking

Note-taking is a very important skill, not only for those who write autobiography’s but for all others as well. Note-taking allows you to look back on what life was like before. Note-taking is also very useful in class, where you can jot down the important details in case you forget them.
There are multiple ways to take notes. Most people are already familiar with the idea of keeping a daily journal, but I find it hard to do so on paper. That is why I have turned to a program called Evernote, which is a free, online note-taker. Of course, everyone has different preferences, and it is important to a way to take notes that suits you.
In note-taking, there are two important things; keeping your content clear and also catching the important things to write down. In taking notes for a journal, it is important that you be specific about what happened. Instead of writing down, “I woke up, went to school, and it was fun good night.” You can write something more specific, describing what was fun, such as, “After I went to school, I had art with Mr. Fish, and he taught us how to draw houses…”
When taking notes during class, many people happen to just copy down whatever the professor says, no matter what it is. It is important that when taking notes, you find ways to only write down the important details and to also find ways to make your notes easy to read.
In conclusion, keeping notes is a necessary skill in life, both for school and for work. Therefore, it is crucial that we perfect our note-taking skills.
Thanks for Reading.

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Thank you for reading,

Procrastination

Recently I’ve watched a Ted-Ed video on, “How the Mind of a Procrastinator Works,” by Tim Urban. Procrastination is where you abstain from doing useful, and instead waste your time by being unproductive. The problem is, however, that almost everyone procrastinates. We all have times where we decide to put off our work until the last minute.
Inside the procrastinator’s brain, we have a rational decision maker, who takes control of the wheel. He says, “I’m going to work on my essay, and get it done 3 days before the deadline.” But the problem is, there is also an Instant Gratification Monkey, who takes control of the wheel and says, “You know what? Let’s just watch random cat videos on YouTube instead.”
Then, what happens, is that the Monkey keeps controlling the wheel until the deadline appears. Then the Panic Monster wakes up. The panic monster wakes up whenever the deadline is close and he happens to be the one thing the Monkey is afraid of. He chases the monkey up a tree, and the rational decision maker finally gets a chance to work on his homework. At the very last minute.
The procrastinator’s mindset may work sometimes, but what if you are in a situation where there is no deadline? What if you have a goal to become a doctor someday, but there never is a deadline, so the panic monster will not wake up. Then the monkey keeps control of the wheel forever, leaving you with unachieved goals, regrets, and nothing else.
That is a problem many suffer with, the lack of being self-driven. Time flys by, year by year, and people end up never having achieved their dreams. So, what can you do to stop this? First of all, you can start by making a goal. Then, set the goal into a weekly schedule. Make 52 boxes on a piece of paper.
Those 52 boxes represent 52 weeks. You have to start thinking about what you want to achieve during those 52 weeks, and in fact, your entire life.
The hardest part, however, is to stick to the goal. Others just can’t make you do it, you have to want to achieve it yourself.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that we only have a limited time here on earth. We should start using our time wisely, and make a map of what our goals are and when we plan to achieve them.

Northup’s Use of Contrasts

Recently, I’ve finished the autobiography “12 Years A Slave,” by Solomon Northup. Northup was born a free man but had been kidnapped into slavery. He was later freed, although it took 12 years for help to arrive. Once freed, however, he took it into his hands to write an autobiography to describe what happened during the 12 years he was a slave.
Northup used many contrasts in the book, showing both the good and bad sides in each situation. One of the main contrasts portrayed in the book is when he was being captured. Northup was in the North and had been drugged and chained in a slave pen. From there, he could still see the capitol, a sign of freedom, justice, and equality. He saw all this, but still was held against his will, on the way to becoming a slave, and having but little chance of escaping and obtaining freedom ever again. Using contrasts such as this show us that the situation really was depressing, and yet although he was so close to his rights, he was so far at the same time.
Another main contrast in this book is the one between the kind master Ford, and the cruel master Epps. Ford was his first master, he was very kind, and was also Christian. He gave sermons to the slaves and was nice to all of them. The problem was, that Ford hired a bad overseer. One which was mean, and who absolutely hated Northup. So much so, that he almost killed Northup by hanging him up. Northup’s life was in danger, and Ford recognized that, so Northup was sold to a man named Epps.
Epps was a very cruel master, and he worked the slaves on a cotton picking plantation. On the first day, the slaves were made to pick as much as they could. In the next days, if the amount they picked was less than before, they got whipped. If they pick the same amount, they don’t get whipped, and if they pick more than they are expected to pick, they have to pick as much, or even more the next day.
Nort only that, but Epps would also get drunk very often, and would go around whipping slaves for no reason, and made them dance well-past midnight, expecting them to work just as hard the next day.
What I think Northup did that was amazing in his writing, was his ability to contrast and describe things so well. In this way, he manages to pull the readers in, and also to get them more interested in the events that had happened. He also does not forcefully shove his opinions onto you but instead lets you decide for yourself what your view on slavery at the end of the book is.

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Northup’s Separation From His Children VS. Eliza’s.

Northup, a free man, had been separated from his wife and children for 12 years, having been kidnapped into slavery. Eliza was another slave, who had also been separated from her children after she was sold to a different master. These two had taken their separation very differently.
On the one hand, Northup took his separation from his family quietly. Although on the first day he said that he cried until he could cry no more, after that, he seemed none worse for the wear. Of course, he still missed his family a lot, but he still felt that God would provide a way for him to go back to his family.
On the other hand, Eliza, once separated, was constantly in grief. Even though she had lost her kids, she never stopped thinking and talking about them. As Northup said, “Eliza never after saw or heard of Emily or Randall. Day nor night, however, were they ever absent from her memory. In the cotton field, in the cabin, always and everywhere, she was talking of them—often to them, as if they were actually present. Only when absorbed in that illusion, or asleep, did she ever have a moment’s comfort afterwards.”
They both were separated from their families in different ways. Northup was separated quickly, and without warning, while Eliza had known it was going to happen, but there was nothing she could do about it. I had never been in either situation, and so do not know which one was worse, but I do know that both are very taxing.
In the end, through his perseverance and resilience, Northup managed to reunite with his family once more, while Eliza, as Northup said, quickly died of grief. Both went through terrible ordeals and dealt with their situations very differently.

15 Benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum

Here are 15 Benefits of the RPC:
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  1. The RPC also offers home business courses, which will teach you everything about starting a business. I find these courses very useful and have since started a small bike repair business with my friend.
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  1. Personal Finance is another very important subject that they teach. This course has taught me how to manage my money, and how to decide whether I should buy something. One of the main things I have learned throughout this course, however, is to not buy things impulsively.
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  1. The RPC is also a self-learning course, which means that your child will learn self-learning skills which are necessary for college, and also that you won’t have to spend a tenth the amount of time doing work with your child. All you have to do, therefore, is to grade your child’s essays.
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  1. Everything comes with a 100% money back guarantee, and the RPC offers free trials for lessons, making this investment 100% risk-free.
11.The RPC is a Christian course and does not use the common core system.
  1. The courses all have many projects which can really get you interested in subjects, I know I loved science because of its projects
  1. The RPC also offers weekly review lessons, which allow for higher memory retention rates
  1. There are no textbooks to buy, in any of the courses
  1. The Curriculum is self-paced, that means you can go through as much material as you want every day. Plus, you can access it anytime, and anywhere as long as you have a computer and wi-fi.

Is Slavery Morally Evil? Thompson

John Thompson was a fugitive slave and had been stuck in the slavery system for around 25 years. However, he did manage to escape, and later in his life wrote an autobiography.

His autobiography talks about his life as a slave, and how he managed to escape. However, throughout the whole book, there was one main theme. That God had been leading him the whole way, and that he wouldn’t have made it without God’s help.

Now Thompson had been owned by multiple whites, both good and bad. Thompson did not necessarily hate the slave system, but what he did hate, was that some owners were not fair. Some owners didn’t even treat the slaves as humans, in fact, sometimes their owners treated them even worse than the dogs. There was also owners who whipped the slaves just for fun, and who beat them for no reason. In Thompson’s autobiography, he also shows examples of family’s getting separated just because the owners want to make more money. I believe that these are the reasons slavery is evil. That through slavery, families are separated, and also that the system is too based on the assumption that man is good, fair, and kind, which we all know is rarely true.

In the old testament, the bible stated that although there were slaves, occasionally there were times when the slaves would be let free. To have another chance at life. With this, the slaves might actually have a hope to be free again. They would know that their children and their grandchildren would have a chance at being free.

Of course, there were a few owners who were good people, and who would only discipline the slaves when necessary. Some of the owners did not feel the need to beat and whip their slaves for no reason whatsoever. These types of masters, however, were rare, but when they did exist, they were rewarded by co-operation from the slaves, which resulted in much more profit. This was explained in my other essay on Thompson’s Theory of Relationship.

In conclusion, Thompson did provide persuasive evidence that the slave system was evil, though I think more blame is to be placed on those who misused the system, and who did not treat the slaves properly.