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LMRD 729, Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Lower Mississippi River"

2nd Annual Mississippi River
Summer Leadership Camp

We set out downstream last week for one week on the biggest river in North America -- with 7 high school youth, 2 adults, 2 big canoes, 2 small canoes, several big river guides, and one big muddy river, June 3-7, 2019.

Campfire Classroom

Led by Shannon McMulkin of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation

For the youth involved it was all about learning the critical life skills of survival and health and leadership, in the setting of teamwork and exploration; for the river it was all about fostering a new generation on life-long stewards! Wild places like the Mississippi River have a way of leveling the field where we all stand as equals, and a fresh opportunity for growth is allowed... in gentle and graceful ways, like the curling of the river as it flows downstream.... and then in violent and challenging ways, like high winds, big waves, thunderstorms and heavy rain.

Learning Leadership Skills by Becoming Canoe Captain

Kids: If you missed boat, you can get your chance next year! Call the LMRF (870) 228-2421, or email for more information.

Canoe Classroom -- Flooded Forests of the Lower Mississippi River

71 miles on Lower Miss from Helena to Rosedale, every night at different wild big river island campsite, all primitive, no conveniences of any sort.

Responsibility: Navigation

Activity: Art Table

Watercolor Painting at Camp on Island 62

Critical Skill: Shelter Making

Time for solitude and Self-Reflection


Teamwork in the Profound Depth of the Wilderness

The Joy of the Journey

Beauty and Brawn

Lone Wolf: Quiet Time to let the Soul Flow

Some Creatures and Scenes:

A Napping Beaver on Log

Beaver Lodge: Not often seen on Lower Miss -- except in flood conditions

Leopard Frog? Green Tree Frog?

Duckweed in Oxbow Lake

Water Snake, Raindrops

Our Road Begins Where Your Road Ends

Go to LMRF Blog for more photos and day-by-day description. This historic 1st time ever camp (on Lower Miss) was made possible due to many friends, family, and river supporters from near and far. (PS: many of you read this newsletter: from the bottom of our muddy hearts: thank you! thank you! THANK YOU!!!!)


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