Today I had to be at the dining hall at 8:45 to catch a bus to the training course which took about 15 minutes to get from the campus to the course. The whole class went and we first split up into three groups and we all had different staff leaders, my staff leader was Sarah. Our group was club penguin because we all liked penguins. We all first took a moment to familiar ourselves with one another and Sarah. We first all established some things we hope for the group to accomplish like having fun, keeping up the encouragement, and uphold communication. From there we went on to our first activity which was swinging from ropes to different platforms and our mission was to move these "penguin eggs" from one side to the other. It had a couple obstacles like swinging which was a little hard, but after a while we all got the hang of it. After we did trust falls with partners and we stepped it up a notch where we all together lifted someone in the air. The next task was to carry a person and actually flip them 360 degrees while the person was holding water. We managed to all accomplish it and did not drop anyone which is a plus.
After we did a lot of trust exercises the moment had came where we strapped up with harness and got ready to embrace out inner money, well at least mine was a inner chipmunk.Our first exercise was to climb this very tall wooden pole and on the very top there is this platform that is smaller than the size of the pizza box and four people had to actually stand on it and together fall. My team were the fastest group to accomplish the task I got up on the top very quickly it wasn't hard for at least me, but getting everyone to stand on the tiny wobbly surface was very difficult. We made it though and we all trusted each other with lifting each other up and it was really great to have a team that was encouraging and trustworthy.
|Embracing the chipmunk life|
It was a really nice activity because I just got to trust people and form an actual team almost like a family, its very hard to describe, but I am happy I signed for this program and I absolutely loved this activity. From the activity I went to dinner, fell asleep, took a shower and finally started my essay which I should probably keep working on. Talk to you tomorrow!