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Braving a Lot of Things at Camp Phillips
Posted on January 10, 2012 by Moriah V., 10th Grade
Waking up in the morning, I looked outside and saw snow. That was not what I was expecting or wanting before a big field trip that was going to be outdoors. Before leaving on our big adventure, we stood in a circle outside of the bus and stated a goal we wanted to accomplish at the end of the trip. After we said our goal, we tied a knot in a rope and went on the bus.
Off we went to Camp Phillips, one of the few advantages of partnering with the Boy Scout's camp. Our partnership includes keeping all our charter principles. This is our 1st year partnering with them and we are an Explore group. We are able to use all resources for school projects and enrichments. They have a high ropes course that we were interested in participating in, and were able to do the course on November 10th-11th.
Once we arrived there, we were greeted by Clint, one of our advisers. After we unpacked and ate lunch, Clint had us all get together and play some teamwork games. One of the many games we played was everyone held hands in a circle and had to travel through a rope tied in a circle. During another game we each had a partner and we held hands while sitting on the ground with our feet touching and we had to sand up. Then it was time to do the high ropes course. The high ropes course had a Tarzan swing, zip line, tight rope, balance beam, and so much more. It was 30ft off the ground which can be scary, but we all wore helmets, had a spotter, and were safely harnessed to the course.
We all were excited and nervous at the same time. I was especially nervous, because I am scared of heights. It was a big stretch for me to even try this high ropes course, but I did much more than I ever thought I would be able to do. Their were other students that also overcame their fear of heights. We wouldn't have been able to do this without the encouragement from our classmates.
It was super cold and snowed off and on, but we warmed up by the fire when we were finished. While around the fire, we took out the rope we had tied knots in. We went around in a circle telling how we accomplished our goals and then untied a knot. After playing sardines, ghost in the graveyard, roasted marshmallows and just hanging out, we were off to bed. In the morning we woke up and had a wonderful breakfast, cleaned up, then we traveled back to school. It was a very fun trip and a great learning experience. We are all hoping to take another trip and do it again.
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