We had a wonderful time until close to the end of Woods and Wetlands last week. Sometimes it can be hard for kids to know when enough is enough and when the line between fun and poor choices has been crossed. Childhood is the ideal time to be allowed learn these lessons. One of our explorers had tripped and gotten pretty wet and decided that she might as well let others get her even wetter. She gave the invitation to drop wet, swamp leaves and more water on her lap which quickly got out of control and she needed help knowing how to make it stop. Another explorer observed the attention from other kids that resulted from the crossing of that line and she asked others to dare her to go in the water well beyond her boot tops. When I heard the chant, “Do it! Do it!” I immediately put a stop to that and tried to explain how we shouldn’t offer or accept dares to do something that we don’t really want to do ourselves. I have never felt comfortable with chanting like that as it feels like a little mob-mentality. I explained that it is one thing to get wet in exploration or by accident but to use it to get attention is likely to have a negative result. The air was still chilly enough that getting too wet would ruin the rest of the time out there. Everyone involved in that situation shared responsibility for their choices and before we left I asked a few kids to explain something they learned that day. It is possible that the lesson hasn’t been totally learned yet by every one of them, but it is a piece of learning that will hopefully come to mind the next time something similar happens. My hope is that they will remember how it felt and make a different choice next time.