Years ago I saw an episode of Built To Shred on Fuel TV featuring Element skate camp. I immediately knew that this was a place I needed to go! There was all this cool footage of people skating ramps by a beautiful lake and I remember a scene with Ray Barbie playing guitar for the kids around the campfire. I had been to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national Park before and it is one of my favorite national parks. The combination of camping, exploring the sequoias, and skating a great skate park really looked like paradise.
A few years later I met a super cool dude named Adam Salo who had been a counselor at Element skate camp. I was immediately impressed by this dude's positive attitude and approach to everything he did. Adam attributed much of his life philosophy to his time as an Element Skatecamp counselor and he talked about how skate camp teaches kids to not just be a good skater but also a good human being. Adam also talked about how all of the counselors he worked with are still friends and how there is a family of "skate camp pirates" all across the country and globe.
In September 2014 we sponsored The Mountain Roadshow trip with The Worble called the #inneranimaltour. This trip was a group of skate camp counselors shredding our way cross country from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. We went to amazing spots like Barnside in Kansas and skated in the Slickrock wilderness in Moab Utah amongst many great adventures. Along the way we stayed with and met up with quite a few other counselors and campers and I started to notice an obvious difference in these people. They were all super positive and supportive of each other and brought a really cool and contagious vibe that elevated the mood of every spot that we showed up at.
Two days after arriving in L.A. I hopped in the Elemental Awareness van and headed to the north west on the Elemental Awareness Rez Tour where we put on events and hooked up the skate community on some Indian reservations in the Northwest and Montana. The elemental awareness crew are amazing people. They are all about connecting kids to nature and primitive skills through skateboarding. I think this is a super cool concept and I'll talk about it more in future blog posts. It became clear that the birthplace and nucleus of elemental awareness was at skate camp.
This year Andy Dicker the director of element skate camp invited me to come to camp to participate and hook up the kids with The Mountain shirts. I finally made it to skate camp!
This year The Mountain hooked up all the counselors and campers with Mountain shirts. I've been having an epic summer skating with all the The little grommets, counselors, staff, and visiting pros. I've also gotten to participate in the Elemental Awareness program where we learn how to make shelter, friction fire, gather and purify water, and hunt for game with primitive tools.
I've also been enjoying jamming with the music program and doing some projects in the art shed.
Element skate camp is rad!
Send your kids!