Kaleb names all the drills, saws, and other hand tools used by his group at Gator Wilderness Camp School. They use the tools to build tents where they live in the woods east of Punta Gorda. Aidan calls out the orange trees and other plants just starting to shoot up from the ground next to the new sleeper tent he’s helping design and build.
The two boys are “Cowboys” in the youngest group at the camp, which is a Title I private school tucked away in rural Charlotte County. The camp provides an alternative to traditional school structures for boys ages 10 to 15 who are struggling in their classrooms, with their families, and in their communities. On a 250-acre property, they learn to chop wood and cook over the fire, plan their own hiking and canoe trips, and build better relationships.
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