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Experiencing Camp Collins

Experiencing Camp Collins

Camp Collins.  Thirty hours of being together, facing new challenges and getting to know ourselves and each other in very new ways. 


On Friday morning, the students were asked what mental images from the previous day's experiences were standing out in their minds, they wrote the following:


The Giant’s Swing

It felt like

I decided to
just wing it…

I thought it
was the Danger Zone…

But I spread
my arms and glided…



Wind flying…

I smiled…

And went on…


And I pulled


The whooshing

In my ears

Heart pounding

As I soared!



Giant Swing, Camp Collins

Right now I
am sitting in Jessie’s Lodge writing in this notebook.  Camp Collins was amazing! I really do feel
like I can trust my friends more than I used to.  I also trusted my friends a lot more when we
went on the criss cross tight rope.  When
I was in the air on the giant swing I felt sizzle-y and sweaty with fear, but I
pulled it (the cord to start the swing). 
I could hear my friends in the background saying, “Come on, PG!  Just a little higher!” and I did go a little
higher, but I didn’t go to the top and when I pulled the rope I swung back and forth.  Camp Collins rocks!



Giant Swing

We walked
down the hill and approached the GIANT SWING. 
We started with mouse traps and tried different challenges until it was
time.  He showed us how the harness works
and what you do.  BK went first then SD
then EJ then RC then me.  I was all in my
harness strapped in with my helmet and moo (he’s a rubber cow.)  I climbed up the ladder and hooked in then I
sat down and told the class how I wanted to be pulled.  They listened.  I was pulled up about halfway and then I let
go.  I was airborne!  On the first swing, but the others died down.  When I got down I couldn’t feel my legs.  Everybody cheered.  It made me happy.  Thank you, class and Camp Collins.



Giant Swing

I’m at the

“Okay, now
just count to three and pull the green rope to swing!” Brad (our counselor) yells
to me from below.

“You count!”  I yell back.

“One, two,

WHOOSH!  I’m off.

I hear the
wind whistle in my ears, and both groups cheering for me.

“Yes!  I did it!”

My group
lowers me back down, and I get a double high five from Levia.

“I am so
coming back to Camp Collins,” I think to myself.  “So coming back.”



My fingers touch the cord.

Am I really
about to do this?  Am I really going to
yank this cord sending me into free fall from 75 feet in the air?  Yes. 
Yes I am.

I pull the



The Criss-Cross

The criss
cross is two tight ropes in a cross.  We
had to get everyone across.  In the beginning:  WK and KB holding hands across the space in
between the two tight ropes, then they came back to bring SBM across in a
triangle.  They left SBM there and did the
same thing with JP.  Then SBM, KB and WK
made a triangle to carefully bring HH back. 
Then they started on my side, the longer side.



Cabin Time

In the Deer
Cabin there is a loft.  All the girls
went into the loft and told secrets.  It
was awesome that we are all so open to each other.  It was really cool.



How will
these experiences translate into how we are with each other in the classroom?

What bridges
will we intentionally build that will keep these feelings alive?

Is taking a
risk in the classroom the same as taking a risk on a 70 foot high ropes

Is the
success of the group in the classroom dependent on every member of the group paying
attention and giving support?

How will we
discover what gifts our classmates have and how they will support the rest of
us in our work together?

And what
about the magic of camp, the experience of eating and sleeping and living
together in a community of our own creation, can we take with us back to

What is that


ER:  Opal 4. 
All together.  All here, all
paying attention, all contributing, all working.

NF:  Here we let go of our issues and set our
minds on being in it.

WK:  We learned so much about each other!  We spent the night with each other.  Here you want to learn so much more about
people.  Here you know you’ll get the chance.

JP:  Working together, it’s more.  You have to push yourself more than at

RC:  Being together for more than a day and night –
all the time – you become stronger, especially when someone’s life is in your
hands like in the high ropes.

SD:  Like on the catwalk, you count on your
community to get you across safely.

RC:  The energy – when we hid by the deck and the
glow stick party.  It’s accomplishing
together energy.

AA:  It’s faith energy.  Believing in the surroundings, believing in
each other, believing that you’ll have a good time and believing that you’re


September 24, 2012