During this break, we shared and discussed effective techniques when working in teams, as well as what to do when there are difficulties on your team. The students listened to each other and came up with a lot of ideas for improving their team dynamics. Our field then turned into a river filled with piranhas. The students had to find a way to make it from one side of the “river” to the other using only small square rafts. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough rafts for everyone, so it took some ingenuity, coordination, teamwork skills, and patience to figure this one out.
We enjoyed lunch at the pavilion and under the nearby trees, then we headed to a nearby field to play a game of Capture the Flag. After another short break, we headed into the woods to a campsite area to learn how to start a fire using only flint and steel. It was a difficult task, but with some perseverance and a little help we had a fire going and we were cooking smores. We ended the day by coming back to toss water balloons at the teachers (Mr. Nick was especially popular) and do a few tug o’ war matches. I imagine everyone is quite exhausted but hopefully, they will cherish the memories and we can build upon the relationships and teamwork skills we developed today.