Mountaineer of the Week: Henry and Ada Bergvall

Meet Henry and Ada, who love participating in our Summer Camp and After School Programs to make new friends and learn more about the outdoors.
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September 22, 2023
Mountaineer of the Week: Henry and Ada Bergvall

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to...

Name Henry and Ada Bergvall
Branch Olympia 
When did you get involved with The Mountaineers? 2020
What youth programs do you participate in with The Mountaineers? Summer Camp, After-School Programs 


How did you first get involved with The Mountaineers?

We heard about the After-School Hiking Program during Covid and signed up to stay connected to nature and others during the pandemic.

Why do you participate in Mountaineers Youth Programs? 

Henry: Because it is fun, and it is always great to make new friends. You also learn how to survive in the wilderness [at camp]. I like shelter building and first aid the best.

Ada: Because it is fun, and I want to learn more about the outdoors!


Henry: Drinking stinging nettle tea with my friends.

Ada: Playing capture the flag at summer camp.

What is your favorite outdoor activity and why?

Henry: Downhill skiing, hiking, and backpacking because it is always fun to test your limits.

Ada: Backpacking because I like hiking and camping, and it feels like a reward when you get to your campsite.

What have you learned at The Mountaineers that you have applied to other parts of your life?

Henry: I used whittling skills that I learned at Mountaineers Summer Camp while backpacking this summer.

Ada: [I’ve learned] how to be resilient when hiking.

What things do you like to do when you’re not at Mountaineers youth programs?

Henry: I like to play soccer, read, and walk to the marina for ice cream sometimes. Occasionally, I like to watch a little show or play video games.

Ada: I like to ski, go on nature hikes, camp, do art, go to school, dance ballet, and hang out with my friends in my neighborhood.


Favorite seasons? Henry: Winter; Ada: Fall
What’s your favorite close-to-home adventure? Henry: Hiking in Burfoot Park; Ada: Walking on the beach in Burfoot Park
Favorite post-activity meal? Henry: Clam chowder; Ada: Potato soup
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Henry and Ada: Shapeshifting