Camp Caribou Essay
Camp Caribou Essay
"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." --Phil Jackson
It was the middle of the morning, the sun was barely shining, and everyone was easy for the next few days. "This trip is to help tighten the bond and trust between each and everyone of you guys in the class of 2916!" The teachers told us before we left for Caribou. We arrived at caribou at about 12:30 and we anticipated that we would be doing some typical teamwork training, but what we received was much more. In just a mere three days, we ended up becoming closer together as a family than we have had before, and those three days were an adventure I will never forget.
Alone you are a dewdrop, together we are an ocean. It was due to the teamwork of my friends and I that allowed us to complete every challenge the councilor threw at us. When things seem impossible, that's when we tried our hardest. To prove those who doubted that we couldn't accomplish a certain challenge was where we thrived. There were times where we thought we could do things ourselves. During those times, we were not able to complete a challenge however, when we did decide to work together and communicated with one another, we were able to finish the job. Exhausted, weak, and unmotivated, it seemed like we were about to throw in the towel. After multiple tries of getting Andrew over a 12 foot wall, and dropping Andrew many times, many of us have lost faith. After a few motivational words from our councilor however, we've all reenergized to give it another try and we're going to be happy with the result, fail or succeed. Another time this happened was when we first started the low ropes course. Our first job was to somehow get everyone in our group of 12 onto a small wooden plank which is about 12 inches on all sides. In the beginning, we all attempted to individually step onto the sides of the plank while the smallest stood in the middle. After numerous attempts, we decided that if we wanted to finish the job, we had to work together. After a few minutes of planning we all decided to have people with equal weight stand on opposite sides of platform holding each other so we don't fall. We realized that when we decided to all work as a team we ended up completing the job in under 7 minutes. It was due to the hard work of my teammates I realized that even the hardest of all challenges can be completed with ease if everyone works as a team
A friend is someone who cheers you through a challenge, a true friend is someone helps you through a challenge. The sun was scorching, the water was shining, we were all filled with energy from sitting in a bus for so long, the perfect time to go swimming. There was just one thing about this situation, the fact that I can't swim. "You wanna go to the waterfront, Dan," Jake asked me as he shuffled his luggage for his swim suit. "I'm fine, I think I'll just stay in the cabin and relax or something," I replied which made Jake question me. "Why not?" He responded as I quickly answered with "Because I can't swim remember?" Jake then started smiling and said wholeheartedly "Well don't worry, because today I'm going to teach you how to swim!"
After we quickly changed our clothes we quickly started headed towards the waterfront. Once we arrived at the waterfront, I quickly asked the councilor on life guard duty how deep the water was. At the moment I didn't know what was more surprising, the beauty or the depth. "Well it starts off at about six inches but then drops down to about 25 feet. When I heard he said 25 feet I was scared. Although I was standing on a dock I knew that one wrong move and I might be a goner. "Let's get in the water, Dan," Jake told me. At this point I was really scared to go into the water. Jake probably knew I was afraid because he told me that I could hold onto the dock while in the water and if I ever were to start drowning he'll swim down and get me. I slowly started to get off the dock, turning around so that I was facing away from the water and gently put myself into the water. After I carefully placed myself into the water, I wait awhile for my body to get used to the water. As soon as I touch the pond with my toes, a sudden feeling of ice suddenly strikes my entire body, making me do a little shake. After I have become used to the temperature of the water, Jake starts giving me advice on how to swim. Due to the face that the water where I was at happened to be about 25 feet deep, I had to hold onto the edges of the dock so Jake had to teach me how to motion my limbs so I can stay surfaced. This experience taught that friends will always do their best to help you improve, even if it means making sacrifices themselves such as how Jake took his free time to help me learn how to swim.
You'll never know unless you try. During our three days at Camp Caribou, I felt as though I have stepped out of my comfort zone many times. Wether I was learning to swim or doing things I just do not want to do, I somehow managed to overcome my fear and passed through each obstacle in my way. Although I have been attacked by many obstacles, I feel as though I have become stronger mental after each one. Either I was too scared to do something or felt like there was no way I can do it, I always tried my hardest.
The sun was shining, the clouds were clear, and it was my turn up next. This low ropes challenged involved you having to jump off a very small pole to where you must then catch and hang onto a swinging pole. Due to the danger of hurting yourself, the councilor so made everyone who was not going had to stand in front of the pole arms out ready to catch you. What really caught me off guard was actually how far the pole was from the landing point. Although I had everyone's support with me, I knew that one wrong move can very much injure me.
After each person in my group gone and successfully completed this challenge, the more afraid I've become. Knowing that it was nearly my turn, I suddenly thought to myself, what happens if I fail? Although my friends kept encouraging me, I was still too scared to go. How badly will I get hurt? Will I get knocked out? Will I break a bone? These thoughts kept rushing into my head. After a nice pep talk by one of our councilor, Steve, however I decided to give it a shot. I slowly walked up to the pole, one foot after another, and once I made it to the jumping point, I started to get up on top. As I have gotten to the top, I had one last though, what do I do now? I started down the pole into the eyes of many, saying multiple times that I want to get down and that I do not want to do this, but it was too late. Through the encouragement of my friends, I was able to must up the strength to jump. As I leapt off the one the prevent me hit the ground, I close my eyes, too afraid to see what will happen. When I opened my eyes, I find myself in the hands of many. I did not make the jump. This experience made me feel a lot braver, not only did it make me a lot braver however, it also gave me more trust in my friends, giving me the ability to face my fears one step at a time.
Wether we were helping each other through tough challenges, or cheering one another on during the high ropes course, us, the Class of 2016, have never backed down. The three days that we spent together have been an amazing adventure. Wether someone was feeling down, or too afraid to complete a course, this team has never failed at motivating and cheering a friend in need. The experience and memories I have gained through those days are something that I will forever carry with myself and will never forget.