July 22, 2008
What a beautiful morning! The warm weather will be a perfect fit for our day of outdoor adventure.
To start the day, we had a very challenging activity called Bigger or Better. This is a competition designed to practice the leadership skills of teamwork, taking positive risks, utilizing your environment and planning. The activity is a task of taking a seemingly valueless object and negotiating a trade to receive something bigger or better in return. This is not easy to do. However, if a leader is willing to draw the best out of the people and surroundings you never know what one can achieve.
Afterwards, the campers were split into two groups, grabbed some sunscreen and a warm change of clothes to go rafting and canyoning in Rougemont during the afternoon. It was a perfect mix of warm weather and cold refreshing water. This adventure is a terrific activity to expand students comfort zones and get know themselves better.
Campers were anxious to get back to camp for a hearty meal and take a shower. The topic of the evening was lateral thinking. Problems do not always have an easy solution and a leader must be able to explore the many option available to overcome the dilemma. Campers realized, through our activities, this is a learned skill and they have the ability to improve on lateral thinking if they commit to it.
What a fantastic day. It is amazing to see the close friendships that are developing, it will be difficult to say goodbye in just a few days. However, tomorrow we have more memories to be made when we make our trek to the mountain hut for our overnight stay. Stay tuned, this is always a special story.