One of our big goals for this school year is to build a shelter deeper in the woods than our existing tent where our students can keep their belongings dry and seek cover on the coldest and wettest of days. It is going to be a school-wide building project with all teachers and students pitching in. Initially we thought we would construct a wigwam, but Drew informed us that the saplings are not in the proper state for bending at this time of year, so he suggested we build a primitive log cabin from mostly dead logs (we have an abundance of dead ash trees that have succumbed to the Emerald Ash Borer) with a field stone chimney. His intention is that we fill the gaps between the logs with mud and debris.
Our students have been busy felling trees, measuring, and notching. Here's what they've accomplished thus far.