The Illustrious 5th Grade Tour

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On the 5th grade tour I learned that 5th grades are still very into poop.

Last week was the 5th Grade Tour.

You know, THE 5TH GRADE TOUR!

We have lived in our current location for fourteen years. Every single year signs go up on our road proclaiming 5th Grade Tour! And for the last 14 years, we have had no idea what they meant. Who were these 5th graders? Where were they going? What were they doing? Was it a secret code? Was our family, messy lawn and all, part of the 5th-grade tour?

So many mysteries.

Until now.

On the 5th grade tour I learned that 5th grades are still very into poop

A month or two ago I volunteered to help on an upcoming field trip. The week before the event I got an email with the location and directions. The field trip was to take place a mile from our home.

Better yet, it was the 5th Grade Tour!

I would finally have a chance to unravel the mysterious of the 5th-grade tour.

So here it is, folks….

On the 5th grade tour I learned that 5th grades are still very into poop.

The 5th-grade tour is a trip to a seed orchard designed so kids can learn about local trees and how they are grown.

It was pretty cool. My favorite part is when Tucker’s teacher asked, “What trees grown near your house?”. That was easy to answer since we could just say, “These trees grow near our house…this is near our house”.

On the 5th grade tour I learned that 5th grades are still very into poop

This is why I love the Pacific Northwest ice storms and rain aside. Just look how beautiful it is. Rain, rain and more rain produces beautiful plants and trees.

On the 5th grade tour I learned that 5th grades are still very into poop

The kids learned about local forests, how wildfires are controlled (you might remember our wildfires a few years ago) and how to take care of our forests.

On the 5th grade tour I learned that 5th grades are still very into poop

When we learned about how to camp responsibly, someone’s kid (I am totally sure it wasn’t my son Tucker because I would never allow my children to engage in any potty-talk) suggested you could use the bear vault to poop in and then replace the lid. This child (who I’m totally sure wasn’t Tucker) pointed out how you could just sit on said bear vault and use it as a portable toilet.

^^^ Bear Vault…or portable toilet if you happen to be an 11-year-old boy) ^^^

From then on the objective of the 5th grades, so it seemed, was to interject poop into every conversation possible.

It was lovely.

On the 5th grade tour I learned that 5th grades are still very into poop

Tucker took his r as oleChopped Down Dead Tree very seriously.

After the tour was lunch. Tucker, naturally, packed Texas BBQ Crickets to eat.

And I learned something else that day. If a 5th-grade boy packs crickets in his lunch, everyone will want some. Kids were literally lined up, hands out, waiting to eat a cricket.

It appears we have started a new trend.

Move over fidget toys, there is a new elementary school fad in town…

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  1. I was disapointed to see that a “Bear Vault” is just a container and not something that bears vault over or are catapulted from (the later being awful of course, but an amusing image.)

  2. Have no idea what a bear vault is.we don’t have bears.But,i agree,thisquirrelsnest,s version is what i had in mind.

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