Sunday, August 30, 2015

Packing List for Diamond Tail

Diamond Tail Packing List

Snacks:
o    Please, know that you are not being asked to bring snacks this year. Some students with gluten intolerance or nut allergies are encourage to bring snacks and fill your packs each day at the cabin with your specific snacks. If a parent would like to contribute snacks for sharing in the snack bins, please do not contribute candy or chocolate snacks. Chips, granola bars and fruit snacks are appreciated. 

Supplies:
o   Small Day Pack (just large enough to carry two water containers, sunscreen, hat, rain poncho or gear, light jacket, journal, pen/pencil, and extra socks)
o   2 Water Containers with your name or a personal charm attached to identify that the bottles are yours (essential)
o   Sleeping Bag
o   Sleeping Pad/Cushion (very important for warmth and comfort)
o   Pillow or soft jacket to serve as a pillow
o   Disposable Toilette Wipes (no showers/tub available; teeth brushed outside away from your tent with water from your water bottle)
o   Plastic zip-lock bag with SMALL 3 oz. containers of: deodorant, bug repellant, non-electric toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm (affix name on bag in permanent marker). DO NOT spray any type of deodorant, sunscreen, or bug spray while inside your tent. Toiletries attract wildlife and should be zipped tight inside a zip-lock bag inside of the tent and applied outside of your tent.
o   Sun Screen LOTION and NOT SPRAY (I know, I’m yelling. Sorry. I need your attention to this.)
o   Lip balm
o   Hairbrush
o   Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
o   Personal Flotation Device/ Water Life Vest (optional; must have to wade or boat)
o   Journal and several pens/pencils
o   1 or 2 Bandanas (optional)
o   Towel and swim suit if wading into Jenkin’s Pond with a PFD

Clothes:
o   4 Long-sleeve shirts (fast-drying material is best)
NO SLEEVELESS OR TANK TOPS are allowed nor are practical.
o   3 Pairs of long pants (fast-drying material is best since jeans/sweats would not dry)
o   NO SHORTS (unless at or below the knees) are allowed, nor are they practical
o   1 Stocking Cap for morning and evening chill
o   1 Sun cap or visor
o   1 Pair of gloves for morning and evening chill
o   Rain Jacket/Pants or Sturdy Poncho (very important)
o   1 medium-weight Fleece or Jacket (very important)
o   1 Pair sturdy shoes
o   1 Pair camp shoes – NO OPEN TOES due to the rough terrain (rocks/holes/tall grass)
o   1 Extra pair of shoes to keep in reserve to replace wet shoes
o   1 Pair of old shoes for wading
o   6 Pairs of socks
o   4 Sets of underwear
o   1 Warm sleeping top & bottom (winter weight sweat pants and top are recommended)

Optional and Fun to Bring:
o   Cards, Board Games, Soccer Ball, Football, Frisbee, Reading Material, Ladder Ball, Fishing Gear

Not Allowed
o   This is an unplugged experience. Do not bring electronic gadgets of any kind, such as I-pods, cell phones or cameras. There is no cell phone service and only limited electrical service. Expensive electronics are vulnerable to being lost or damaged.
o   Hair Dryer or electric toothbrush – there is no opportunity to use one
o   Make-up (unnecessary and no opportunity to apply it)
o   Personal stashes of candy or food items of any sort in the tents (due to wildlife being attracted)
o   Shorts or sleeveless tops (impractical in the environment)



A daily report will be called into a blog to update friends and parents of the group’s well being.

SMA Overview of Diamond Tail Experience

ST. MARY’S ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL
AT DIAMOND TAIL RANCH

CHALLENGING YOURSELF, EXPERIENCING COWBOY CULTURE, FORGING NEW FRIENDSHIPS, GETTING TO KNOW YOUR TEACHERS,
PRACTICING COURAGE, VIEWING BUFFALO UP CLOSE AND FAR AWAY, STARTING FRESH, SETTING GOALS, REFLECTING, LIVING IN TENTS, BECOMING A JENKINS POND POLAR BEAR, LAUGHING

Due to the wonderful generosity of the Duncan family, we will be returning to the beautiful Diamond Tail Ranch for the eighth year for a two-night camping trip. The Diamond Tail Ranch, a working ranch, is in northern Colorado near the Wyoming border and approximately 45 miles from Laramie. The Duncans maintain a large herd of buffalo and smaller herds of cattle as well as processing organic buffaloam for gardens. At an altitude of 8100 ft. and made up of approximately 18,000 acres of hay meadows and forested foothills on the edge of the Rawah Wilderness, the vast beauty is extraordinary.

Two tent sites will be headquartered near a fully restored 1900-era barn. There is a rustic cabin with a deck where we meet for meals, and a restored schoolhouse that is now a small chapel above the campsite. Port-a-toilets (temporary bathrooms) are available for student use. Water from water bottles is used to brush teeth and packaged toilettes are needed for face and body cleaning. Solar energy powers lights in the evening and fuels cooking. Together, we will play games, hike, fish, sing, reflect and build community to support the school year. We may even enjoy a guest appearance from Mike Duncan, and if the working cowboys are able to take some time off, we will have a ranch tour.

BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS, please take care of the following:

1)    Verify that your parents/guardians have signed and returned the general SMA-activity permission to travel form;
2)    Verify that your 2015 emergency release form is completed and filed in the office with any allergies and special needs carefully noted. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL PAPERWORK FOR THE TRIP, which if not completed and filed would mean you would miss the trip and we would miss you very much.
3)    Carefully check the packing list, enclosed here and to be posted on IC, and borrow what you don’t have.

The sixth-grade class will leave school at 7:00 a.m. (meet by 6:30 a.m.) on Monday, September 14th and return to school on Wednesday, September 16th at ~3:00 p.m.


The seventh-grade class will leave school at 7:00 a.m. (meet by 6:30 a.m.) on Wednesday, September 16th and return to school on Friday, September 18th at ~4:00 p.m.