No, this is not a post about Springsteen.  (Although we were back to watch him play the Super Bowl halftime show).  It’s a long-awaited post about OUR national night!

We shared the day with our North American neighbors, Canada!  It was a really fun day.

In the afternoon, we shared an activity period.  Canada had a rotation of three activities – basketball (which was invented by a Canadian), hockey, and making dream catchers. 

Then we created an obstacle course for the camp to go through.  There were four teams – the white, the red, the blue and the green.  Unbeknownst to the teams, the white and red teams had much easier obstacles to go through than the blue and green teams did.  But those differences soon became obvious…

This is easy...

This is easy...

This is harder...

This is harder...

 

This is easy...

This is easy...

 

Blindfolds make it harder!

Blindfolds make it harder!

So why did some teams have an easier time than others?  Well, the United States, in it’s short history, has sometimes discriminated against groups of people.  And not that long ago, African Americans were forced to use separate water fountains, separate bathrooms, and even sit at the back of the bus.  They had a much harder time doing daily activities, simply because of the color of their skin.  And while there is still racism in the US today, we have come a long way.

There are two big reasons why we chose to talk about civil rights as a part of our national night.  Number 1, in January, we celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest civil rights activists, Martin Luther King, Jr.  And Number 2, we were less than one week away from the inauguration of Barack Obama.  We were so happy with the discussion that we had – all the Footprinters contributed great thoughts!

After such a busy afternoon, we headed to snack.  Pancakes with maple syrup (Canada) and ants on a log and Gatorade (USA)!

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Stay tuned for part 2…what happened that evening!

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