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Creating Prevention Activities that Build Healthy Living Skills

The Live Well Kalkaska Substance Free Coalition partnered with the Kalkaska Conservation District again to offer healthy alternative activities to local youth. This time the Kalkaska Sheriff’s Office joined in on the fun! Deputy Hall and Rohring were a great addition to the team, helping where they could and building relationships with youth. In the rain, both youth and chaperones hiked the North Country Trail for four miles to the Guernsey Lake State Forest Campground. There, everyone worked together to set up camp. Some activities included in this event were fishing, cooking over the campfire, and leaning to play new musical instruments provided by the Lewis School. That evening, Liza and Connor from the Lewis School serenaded the group around the campfire with singing, banjos, and guitars. It was a late night for most that was spent enjoying stories and great conversation, until the skies once again opened up and forced everyone to hunker in for the night. The next morning was sunshine and smiles while community and coalition member, Randy Lucyk, helped cook up a campground breakfast of eggs, bacon, and sausage. Youth were able to enjoy more time at the lake making new friends and great memories. After a lunch of hobo sandwiches over the fire, everyone once again worked together to take down camp. Despite the rain, everyone had a great time, and all are looking forward to the next adventure!


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