"I think it's looking really good," said Kelly Schutt, one of the group's Web designers. "The turnout is better than I thought it would be, and we've got a library with some excellent reads, and workshops all day, so it's going well.
At one point in the afternoon, a couple of State Police officers rolled up on the encampment to greet the campers and get some information. They were immediately directed to Occupy Boise's legal council, who shared contact information and operational plans with the officers.
"Things are going very well with the police, as far as I can tell," said Ritchie Eppink, a legal adviser with the encampment. "There's a high value placed all around on everybody's health and safety. We've asked if there are any concerns, that the police bring them up with us so that we can address them instead of bringing people in in handcuffs."
The encampment is set up with a number of amenities, including a full kitchen with running water, a free store, a comfort tent for morale purposes, a child care tent, and a potty tent.
Food Not Bombs, a local organization that provides food for those in need, was busy feeding people meals that included lentil veggie soup, applesauce, potato pepper stir fry, sweet potato fries and apple cobbler. Protesters seemed cheerful and determined to get their points across.
"I'm hoping this lasts through the winter and beyond," said Schutt. "I don't think the goal of this movement is to achieve one specific reform and then stop. I think there's a realization that there are issues that have been affecting the broadest swaths of society for a long time and the changes we're seeking aren't going to come overnight or even in a few months."