Ojibwa Winter Camp


John Tribys

South Shore’s seventh grade class finally getting their chance to go on the Ojibwa Winter Camp.

Heather Ranta, Reporter

Every year Mr. Tribys, a teacher at South Shore, brings his seventh grade students to experience life as an Ojibwa Indian during the winter. The Ojibwa camp takes place at the school’s 40. It is only as long as one school day. The only time Mr. Tribys does not bring his students on the trip is when they lose their match. If the student loses their match they are not responsible enough to go on the trip. Every student receives a match about one week before the trip. This year, the seventh graders received Popsicle sticks instead.The people┬áthat do not need to keep a match are the archaeology students and Dan Madison. The archaeology students do not need a match because they are Mr. Tribys’s helping hands. This year he took Hayden Suo, Roger Branham, Tristan Warbalow, and Tiana Carpenter.

When the students arrive, the first thing they have to do is try to start a fire within their groups. Mr. Tribys assigns them groups. The groups have to use the matches that they were given ahead of time. This year the students were only given the match the morning of the trip. After they have their fires started, they have to attempt to boil water. The must boil the water to purify it, so that it is drinkable. After having successfully done the first two activities, the students have to build a shelter. The shelters are to protect them from the cold.

The last things that they do on the trip is sit by a bonfire. At the bonfire, the students eat lunch and tell Ojibwa stories. The lunch can only be out of foods that Native Ojibwa Indians would have eaten. This year the students ate venison, squash, and smoked fish. The students had to go back to the school to warm up and catch the buses before they left.