Beam Camp

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The scene is one part Keebler Elves, one part Lord of the Flies.

A skinny kid with spaghetti arms swings a hammer, while another wields a blow torch. The nearby oven is cranking at nearly 1,000 degrees, when a collective urge to sing Led Zeppelin breaks out amongst the crew.

[Editor's note: we highly recommend listening to this story.]

Courtesy of Emily Wilson/Beam Center

Deep in the woods of Strafford, New Hampshire, kids are playing with power tools. They’re climbing on jagged structures, and learning to weld from adults dotted with fresh tattoos.

Don’t sweat it: it’s just another summer at Beam Camp, a makerspace for youth in the outdoors .

(Editor’s note: we recommend listening to this story)

You ever come across something in the woods that doesn’t quite make sense? Like a rusting-out old Buick or something?