By Dean Orvis, Wellness Coordinator
The Pokagon Band Minor Mudder offered more than 90 youth the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while completing a 1.1 mile obstacle course through the woods, water and of course mud. These youth enthusiastically raced through twelve obstacles including a belly crawl through mud, trudging through water, climbing over bales of straw, scaling walls, scurrying through tunnels, and skidding down a 100 foot slip and slide. The event was designed for youth between the ages of 4 -14 years of age and focused on teamwork, encouragement, and having fun.
The event capped a fun-filled day of activities associated with A Healthy Step with Education. The course swallowed some shoes and offered a challenge for all. Participants were heard saying, “This was super fun. I hope it is all mud and puddles next year!”, “I can’t wait until next year, I hope there is even more mud!” and “What a fun challenge!”
The Eau Claire Fire Department brought a fire truck to the event to rinse the youth after they crossed the finish line. We are looking forward to providing this opportunity again next year and hope for even more participation as we continue to motivate our youth to be active and adventurous.
The Minor Mudder was sponsored by the Wellness Center in collaboration with Pokagon Health Services. Special thanks to the DNR for their tireless efforts preparing the trail, the Facilities Department for keeping it beautiful and constructing the obstacles, Social Services for loaning employees to assist at the event, the Tribal Police for their assistance during the event and loaning their tactical wall as an obstacle, and all of the other individuals working together to make this a memorable event for our youth. The Minor Mudder course will also be offered to all campers participating in the 2017 Kë Gbéshmen Culture Camp. A video of the event will be available soon on our website.