I recently started teaching an Explore Your World class at the Youth Center. It's a series of classes that cover hiking, wilderness first aid, orienteering, Leave No Trace principals, and basic camping skills. This week's session was going over basic hiking tips and I thought I had found a good worksheet in an old 4-H booklet. Apparently, I didn't realize how old the booklet was.
The worksheet was a list of items the kids could take on a hike and they needed to mark them "essentials", "nice, but not necessary", and "not needed".
Things were going well until about 5 minutes into the worksheet one kids calls out, "What's a walk man?"
After laughing I respond, "Well, a walkman is like an old fashion mp3 or iPod, but with a cassette player." Blank looks were my response so I continued, "Well, a cassette is like an old fashion CD." That garnered some more recognition so I thought we were good to go.
A few moments of silence pass and a different kid says,"Oh wait! I need to change my answer. I thought it was some guy that walked you through the woods. "
Get it? A walk man.
Aren't kids great? It's times like this that make me love working at the Youth Center. It's also times like this that remind me I am getting old.