Dingoes: The Dingoes enjoyed an intensely spiritual week spending the majority of their time in the Judd Canyon area. During their time here they took day hikes to discover petroglyphs, soaked/washed their feet in the nearby river, and observed the remnants of cabins and ranches from the old pioneer days. During the latter half of the week, the Dingoes hiked out of Judd Canyon and spent a couple of days resting out of the ongoing Desert heat. The Dingoes also celebrated the end of the former leader, Vibrant Horizon, as his time at Outback was coming to a close, and were excited to see how their new leader, Determined Ember, would take up the responsibilities of Dingo Leadership. The Dingoes also welcomed back a former member who returned from his boomerang expedition by honoring him with a trail name: Enduring Wildfire. During the remaining days of this week, the Dingoes fine-tuned their baking skills with awesome bread, their crafting skills by making Boomerangs, and trying their hands at Deadfall traps. Finally, as the Dingoes said their farewells to Vibrant Horizon, they also simultaneously welcomed a brand new Dingo to the tribe.
Gnowees: The Gnowees successfully hiked four times this week starting in the Kegs and ending in the Simpsons mountain range. The group surprised a student and a field guide during two ceremonies which honored them with tokens. The Gnowees also welcomed a new student and the group worked together to build her a frame for a backpack. One student busted a coal and blew fire in a record two minutes and eighteen seconds.
Ulurus: One student received the “openness” token. The group went on a day hike along a ridge line on Saturday and had a beautiful view of the desert. One student had a difficult time expressing his emotions one night in the shelter. After realizing this, the rest of the group showed amazing support and were able to help the student calm down.
Brumbies: Brumbies had another wonderful week in the West Desert! We hiked over 15 miles across Erickson wash, and explored further East in the field that I’ve ever been. Brotherly Oak and Resilient River got tokens for their excellent parent visits, and Resilient River had yet another great week as leader. We took the little extra time we had to day hike, and play games. Brotherly Oak found an old pilot style bomber jacket that we took patches off of to add to our own clothes. We saw a hawk take off from about 20 feet away and followed a wash up to find more birds’ nests, obsidian, and some magical trees to play around in. As always, it’s been a wonderful week, and the Brumbies should have no issues in transitioning to another!