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Mallo Camp turns 40, welcomes students back after COVID-19 canceled last year's camp

Mallo Camp turns 40, welcomes students back after COVID-19 canceled last year's camp

To arrive at Mallo Camp, a tucked-away gem in the westernmost edges of the famed Black Hills and less than 2,000 feet away from the South Dakota state line, is to be invited to forget. Forget the distractions of the world when cellular service drops away. Forget the trappings of modernity and embrace a return to nature. Forget that for weeks a year, the camp is essentially one big science classroom.

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Pronghorn Elementary School fifth grade student Sarah Ahlers scans the woods for signs of animal tracks while taking part in an animal science program at Mallo Camp near the South Dakota border Thursday morning.

This year marks the 40th year of Mallo Camp, the overnight science camp opportunity offered to all Campbell County School District fifth graders. The years don’t match the number of camps though; there are only 39 candles on this particular birthday cake. COVID-19 robbed last year’s fifth graders of this rite of passage, and it won’t be until the spring, when the district’s agreed to allow the now-sixth graders their Mallo Camp experience a year late, that it can truly earn that 40th candle.

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Austin Beaudoin, a fifth grader at Pronghorn Elementary, gets an up-close view of an animal skull during Mallo Camp.

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After searching the woods for items to use for an art project, fifth grader Michael Tuckett of Prairie Wind shows off a collection of leaves he thought were worth keeping.

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Jaden Bryan of Prairie Wind Elementary tracks a cluster of bubbles flowing down the creek in between sessions Thursday morning at Mallo Camp.

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Hayle Lundy, at left, of Prairie Wind Elementary, watches Lexi Spillum of Paintbrush Elementary draw a weather formation in her student handbook during a class on meteorology.

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Students walk across an expanse of open nature at Mallo Camp Thursday morning between educational sessions.

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Students take a break from science classes to play volleyball with an oversized ball at Mallo Camp Thursday morning.

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Kamdeyn Ferguson of Pronghorn Elementary, center, is handed a set of deer antlers while learning about animal science at Mallo Camp Thursday morning.

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Ayden Sumners of Prairie Wind Elementary searches the forest for signs of animal tracks Thursday morning while attending Mallo Camp.

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