Dingoes: This week was so much fun in the Dingoes. The group had 3 great hikes full of cool lightning and amazing views. We also witnessed a current student leader pass down his position to a fellow Dingo this week while three important members of the group were honored with tokens and heartfelt ceremonies. In addition to the token ceremonies, we also had to say goodbye to one of our Dingoes at the end of the week. We all talked about our favorite memories with him and wished him a fond farewell. Overall it was an exciting and fulfilling week for our group full of singing, songwriting, and games!
Brumbies: The Brumbies and the Pindari merged this week. Everyone was given blank tokens and were then asked to create one describing their own identity. Lots of desert treasure was found, along with self-discovery when exploring the topic of identity. They all put in thought and reflection about themselves. A few days later they were then asked to share the meaning of the symbols of the tokens and to share it with another member of the group. Two staff members were also given the Giver token because of their giving nature. The Brumbies had the opportunity to enjoy cooling down in the water this week in creeks and ponds.
Gnowees: The Gnowees hiked for the first time carrying their packs after weeks of pushing the hand cart. The next morning we woke up to see a doe and her fawn about 30 feet from our shelter. One Gnowee was reunited with her family and she was able to show her family all she had learned during an expo. We welcomed a new Gnowee during a ceremony after she successfully completed First Camp. Three Gnowees were honored with tokens throughout the week. Everyone was determined and worked hard to complete their busting sets and bust to create fire.
Ulurus: Fall is coming fast! We watched lightning storms from of in the distance almost every day. They only lasted about half an hour, and they were beautiful. The boys have adjusted super well to the interesting weather, and as usual, have made the best of it. The group has not been in such a good place as long as I can remember. It’s a very supportive, very fun place to be. We hiked almost every day with plenty of energy to spare. We played games. We saw sweet desert birds. Overall, it was another excellent week in the desert. The last two days, we invited two new members to our Uluru group. They’ve adjusted very well, and we are looking forward to enjoying their presence in the group in the coming weeks.