Story of The Week 10/14/2016
The morning started out with a light chill in the air and the slow gathering of faces that were not quite familiar. We had spent three days at the start of September enduring (enjoying!) our AmeriCorps orientation and spending the free time we had getting to know one another. But now we were faced with the opportunity to dig a little deeper with the aid of the folks at Northern Lights Rock and Ice. As is usual in these situations we began our official activities with some games that forced us to be a little silly, a little competitive, and a little reflective about our communication and leadership styles.
By the time we had loosened up and got into the swing of things the sun had come out in force. In the light of this beautiful fall day we split into small groups and spent the rest of the morning harnessed up and climbing. We broke for lunch at The Essex Resort and Spa and enjoyed some fine dining in preparation for the challenges of the afternoon. Returning to our groups, we faced some high ropes elements that asked us to work as a team, flex our comfort zones, and in some cases jump head first at a hanging punching bag. Days like these are fun and often funny, but they also offer us a reminder to reflect on our own tendencies and the impact they can have on those around us - a lot like AmeriCorps in general.