Community helps teach students outdoor skills

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  • Troy Volunteer Ambulance member Amy Snow straps Gavin Thurston into a stair chair, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Gavin Thurston takes aim toward a hay bail, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Yosi Vick, middle, and Zon Johnson, right, learn how to pan for gold, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Aaron Roberts teaches Jarek Eide how to hold a bow and arrow, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Yosi Vick searches for bits of gold in his pan, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Troy Volunteer Ambulance staff, Janet Miller, left, and Amy Snow right, show Sybil Tucker, middle, the oxygen tank inside of their ambulance, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Troy Volunteer Ambulance member Amy Snow, left, lets Sybil Tucker remote control an oxygen tank, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Nikki Eide, left, helps Frank Kortangian set up a tent, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. During the outdoor learning program, students will spend a night outside. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    McCormick students learn how to use flint and steel, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

  • Troy Volunteer Ambulance member Amy Snow straps Gavin Thurston into a stair chair, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Gavin Thurston takes aim toward a hay bail, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Yosi Vick, middle, and Zon Johnson, right, learn how to pan for gold, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Aaron Roberts teaches Jarek Eide how to hold a bow and arrow, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Yosi Vick searches for bits of gold in his pan, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Troy Volunteer Ambulance staff, Janet Miller, left, and Amy Snow right, show Sybil Tucker, middle, the oxygen tank inside of their ambulance, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Troy Volunteer Ambulance member Amy Snow, left, lets Sybil Tucker remote control an oxygen tank, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    Nikki Eide, left, helps Frank Kortangian set up a tent, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. During the outdoor learning program, students will spend a night outside. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

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    McCormick students learn how to use flint and steel, Wednesday at the McCormick School Rendezvous. (Luke Hollister/The Western News)

McCormick and Yaak students learned how to pan for gold, make a compass, and shoot arrows, along with other various outdoors skills during the One-Room Rendezvous, a two day outdoor workshop, Wednesday.

Stephanie Wallace, a McCormick teacher teaching kindergarten through 3rd grade, said this year’s theme for the rendezvous was survival and outdoors.

Living in Montana, people “need to know that kind of stuff,” she said.

Students spent the night and camped out in tents, she said. The goal of the program is to help bring the community together and teach students different skills.

The schools brought in Smokey Bear to make sure students would know how to effectively put out a fire, she said.

Troy Volunteer Ambulance, McCormick Volunteer Fire Department and the Forest Service all came to help show and teach students about their jobs.

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