Students gathered for fun, food and games
Roberta Marquette-Strain/Senior Staff Writer
On the evening of Oct. 7, students gathered on the Field House lawn in the cool fall air to take part in the Campus Campout, an event hosted by a group of Recreation and Outdoor Education students. Music rang out into the evening as new friends bonded during games of croquet and badminton while others chatted over a barbeque dinner. The event was created by the students for their Program Planning class.
“It’s supposed to help us start learning how to plan and organize events, which we will have to do in outdoor recreation,” said Victoria Dinkel. Dinkel and four other students were in charge of creating, funding, and promoting the event.
Shelby Deutsch, another member of the group, said that the ultimate goal of the campout was focused on community.
“It’s a community builder,” she said. “We wanted to get students out of their dorms and hang out, play some games. I think it also got a lot of people talk to people they normally wouldn’t have.”
The students also got help from the Gunnison Community, receiving food donations from City Market and Gunnison Vitamin and Health Food. The Gunnison Sockeyes served as a sponsor and gave lessons on fly fish casting for some of the attendees.
“There’s no better time to practice casting when there’s nothing on the hook to lose,” said Austin Noel, a member of the Program Planning group and an officer for the Gunnison Sockeyes.
The newly minted Croquet Club also made an appearance at the campout. Students were able to learn the basics of the game while playing with the club’s brand-new equipment.
“I knew they were planning this and since we were staring this club I asked if we could come and play,” Shawn Siegert, the club’s president said. Siegert explained that he is in the same Program Planning class as the campout hosts and appreciated the opportunity to the promote the club.
And the plan seemed to work for Canyon Mueller, who played throughout the night and said that Siegert should “sign him up.”
Meanwhile, others in attendance went head to head in multiple games of badminton. It was never clear which teams won, but the laughter shared within them seemed to be the only thing that mattered. Games like Apples to Apples and Bananagrams were played during the barbeque dinner.
While this year’s campout was for a class, the hosts hope to see the event becoming a tradition.
“I do hope it becomes an annual thing,” Deutsch explained. “It’s a safe way to camp and it’s a lot of fun.” Deutsch added that in the future, hopefully the event could be held earlier in the year so the attendees can also camp out on the lawn overnight.
Nevertheless, the group of students were pleased with turnout and hope to see it grow in the future.