Gnowees: The Gnowees had a fantastic week of games, meaningful conversations, and wilderness skills. Many evenings were dedicated to group culture as we explored how best to support one another and make sure each individual feels appreciated and has their own unique contribution to the group. Together, we formed a supportive environment as we welcomed two new students and a staff member to the group. Though the days were hot, we cooled off in a nearby creek, which we filled with a tarp and rocks to make a swimming pool. One of the Gnowees received her trail name this week, and we discussed the importance of names for each of us.
Dingoes: The Dingoes pushed themselves to new heights this week. They peaked a large spine on the frontside of Blackcrook, something that no groups has attempted in the past 6 years. The group pushed through physical discomfort to reach their goal, and they were rewarded with an excellent view of the Sheeprock mountains. The group is also supporting each other emotionally, encouraging each other to be positive during difficult times. They are becoming more open with each other every day.
Ulurus: The Uluru had a great week together doing beautiful high altitude hikes and bonding with a smaller group of three students. The students are forming solid relationships with each other and staff. They are communicating at an increased level, working on personal goals, identifying emotions, accepting direct feedback, and getting very excited for parent visits. The students have been getting increasingly successful with busting skills and backpacking skills. They also enjoyed getting their trail names and being able to honor the awesome work they have been doing!
Brumbies: Group dynamics have shifted and four students have left the field this week including their group leader. The group has three new students and the core culture has shifted to brand new pillars known as “BIG’R’Fun”. This is the acronyms for Brotherhood, Integrity, Growth, Respect, and Fun. One of our Brumbies reunited with his parents during a parent visit. Several of the Brumbies have emerged as positive mentors for the two new students. The group has grown through areas of compassion and mentorship which the group commonly discusses as the Brumbies brotherhood.