Village School

Camping Trip Reflections

By Erin V., Parent of Dancing Bird Nolan and Future Village 3rd Grader Miles

Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
Our family consists of Rex, Erin, Miles and Nolan. Rex works in the web development field and is definitely a tech geek. I work with at-risk, gang impacted and underprivileged youth in the San Jose area. The entire family loves the outdoors and camping. Rex is a trail runner, as well as a mountaineer. I am a former rock climber, who now enjoys hikes with her boys, Krav Maga, as well as the occasional trail run with dog Tashi. Miles and Nolan love all things Star Wars, legos, science experiments, board games and playing in the great outdoors.

What did you enjoy the most about the Village camping trip?
We loved all of the fun activities planned by the camping committee, like making a family sign for our campsite. We also got a chance to enjoy the beach with new friends.

What are your favorite, most lasting memories?
My older son Miles turned 8 over the camping trip, and even though he doesn’t go to Village, so many of the parents and kids went out of their way to make him feel included and celebrated. In his opinion, it was one of his best birthdays, which is saying a lot because we took him to Disney for one of them!

What would you say to families who haven’t had a chance to experience the camping trip and might be nervous about it?
As a new family to Village, when we first arrived we were honestly overwhelmed by the sheer size of the camping trip, 540+ people! However, within no time we felt we got to know so many families who went out of their way to ensure we felt welcome and included. We enjoyed getting a chance to get to know so many new families and current Village families. Getting to bond over s’mores and campfire talk was a blast.