Wilderness Weekly 3.9.18

Brumbies: The Brumbies completed a great hike this week. They spent much time working on skills, and even created a giant bow in which they used to team bust a coal. One student was honored with the Maker token and another student honored a staff with the Giver token.

Dingoes: The Dingoes had an exciting week, with two hikes to new sites. At the beginning of the week, there was a huge wind storm, and the group rallied in the wee hours of the morning to try to rock down the shelter and make it as sturdy as possible. Later that day, the Dingoes reflected on how much they had to work together and rely on each other during this incident.  One of our new members joined Main Camp this week, after having worked for about five hours with staff and peer assistance to bust a coal and blow it into flames!  Two of our Dingoes were on Goodbye Solos, preparing for their leave of the program; one of these students this week had a special ceremony with staff to honor his mother.  The group spent time exploring a nearby river and patch of willows near our site one day on a day hike.  The Dingoes got to spend time playing in the river, as well as playing in the snow (the group one day had a staff vs. student snowball fight!).  An exciting week with the Dingoes!

Gnowees: The Gnowees had a week full of skills and games. We played Charades, Everybody’s It, and Pictionary. Various girls made sandals, dream catchers, necklaces, keeper pouches, wallets, and bullroars for upcoming parent visits. We were able to have fun in the snow with the weather then taking a turn to clear skies and sunny days. Identity was focused on for the week and we delved into who we thought we were in our core, who we wanted to be, how the world views us, and what factors shape our day to day decisions and opinions.

Uluru: We had a week of transitions for some of our group members this week.  Two of the students stepped into Uluru leadership roles. Shifting into such a role can come with challenges, responsibilities and rewards. The staff were excited to have been able to witness the change in roles for these students. The other transitional experience came into play for a student preparing to continue his journey beyond Outback. He spent time this week on a goodbye solo in preparation of his departure from the group.



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