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Building a legacy: Sixth grade camp seeks donations to renovate building and create memories

Bending down to help build a fire, sophomore and sixth grade camp counselor Anna Newberry coaches her camper, Rachel Ferguson, in using a flint and steel Aug. 28 at Camp Lakewood. Newberry attended Camp Lakewood as a summer camper, sixth grader and now counselor. “This is my first year as a cabin leader, but I'd gone to summer camp five years before that. It was really fun to watch the girls start out as not super close friends because it was the beginning of the school year. They didn’t know each other, but they bonded a lot,” Newberry said.

Kathryn McAuliffe, Conceptual Editor-in-Chief Intern

October 28, 2019

Flowing lakes, miles of trees, pioneer nights, horseback trails and unforgettable memories come to mind when thinking of Parkway’s Outdoor Schools. Known as “sixth-grade camp,” Parkway students have attended the YMCA Camp Lakewood for over 60 years, as middle schoolers and as high school counselors....

Senior Adam Johnson helps Gateway Off-Road Cyclists build biking trail

During a workday, Adam Johnson and Boy Scout Troop 631 help Gateway Off-Road Cyclists  on the Rock Hollow trail in Wildwood. Trail builders use a variety of tools, like the “pulaski” (axe-pick mix).

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

November 28, 2017

People of all ages enjoy walks in the woods and exciting bike rides through the hills year round, but the hard work that goes into the construction of those paths is not widely known. Senior Adam Johnson has been helping the Gateway Off-Road Cyclists (GORC) build several miles of trail in the St. Louis...

Food for the Trail

MREs and the Mountain House brand meal replacement are just two examples of food for the trail.

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

May 11, 2016

When you’re carrying all your food on your back, every ounce counts. Luckily, there are a variety of lightweight meal solutions out there; three options include: dehydrated meals, homemade meals and Meal Ready to Eats (MREs).

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed Camping

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

April 11, 2016

Dispersed camping is camping in a national forest outside of established campgrounds. There are a couple of rules for where you can set up camp, but generally they are pretty loose. While there is no clean water or bathrooms provided, experienced campers will find the freedom of dispersed camping very appealing. The best part: it’s 100 percent free.

How to survive the zombie apocalypse

How to survive the zombie apocalypse

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

February 16, 2016

So the zombies are here. Luckily, you’ve prepared. You’ve spent hours slaying the undead in video games, watched seasons of the Walking Dead and read entire novels on these foul creatures, perhaps even worn few unoriginal Halloween costumes.

Make a camping stove with a soda can

Make a camping stove with a soda can

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

December 23, 2015

While there are plenty of gas stoves on the market, you can make your own pretty easily. Introducing: The Soda Can Stove.

Three trails of St. Louis for three levels of mountain bikers

A view of the Meramec from a Castlewood trail.

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

November 11, 2015

Whether you are a beginner or a veteran of mountain biking, there is something for everyone.

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