Bonding in the Wild
You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it.
The bus creaked to a stop at Camp Windsor. The entire eighth grade class disembarks into the foggy moist air. It’s Wednesday and it’s the first of three days at Camp Windsor for the eighth grade class. This is trip is where we are supposed to “bond”. The camp is located near mount Windsor but not on it. Right after we get off the buses we head towards our cabins. Of course my advisor gets the worst cabin. Our Cabin is the smallest, but it has the most beds which makes total sense. Every step you take in the cabin is so loud just because of how old the wood is. Any ways this place looks pretty dope so I’m pretty excited for this trip. This place does look like it will require a certain amount of focus and brother hood as well as a good attitude.
Our first event was introductions. Introductions was a time where we got to learn all the counselors names. We did this in a pretty old, but large wooden cabin, it was the camps meeting house. The rain was still heavily coming down so our first activity after introductions had to be altered to an indoor version of it. All activities were done by advisor group. My advisor group had the low ropes activities first. Because of the rain the ropes course was off limits so we went into some old humid cabin that looked like it was and made by my fathers fathers father. During this we weren’t really that focused, we actually weren’t focused at all. We all knew that we must work with more focus and passion in the activities to come.
The next day we get up pretty damn early, it was still dark out. I was not excited. Breakfast was ok, but so were all the other meals. Nobody was expecting gourmet meals, but I don't think many people were pleased with the food. Anyways the day had a lot to it. We had six one hour activities, snack breaks, advisor time and we somehow squeezed free time into the mix. Free time was the best part of the day. Almost everyone if not everyone in the grade went down to the waterfront to either swim, canoe, kayak, or chill at the dock and watch the stillness of the lake shine under the sun. There was a sense of bonding during free time, I felt we all became a community at free time. Everyone in the grade was bonding with each other, wether it was being sprung on the water trampoline or throwing your self off the dive tower we all did it together. It was one of those times that I feel like i’ll remember for quite some time.
The activities were all structured around pushing yourself, team building, and supporting each other. I found that on my advisor groups first activity we struggled. We didn’t show much care towards the activity which led to us loosing focus. Through out the trip I feel we grew from that and on one of the last activities of the trip we showed very focused, attentive and determined behavior. I was very pleased with this it showed me that we improved significantly and improvement is a great thing to start off the year with.
on the last night I experienced on the best moments of my life. The final Campfire we had was always supposed to have a sense of reflection and respect but I think this campfire brought that to the next level. The second half of the camp fire was the most meaningful and open portion. Almost everyone had something to say, wether it was getting something off your chest or sharing something with the class that you wouldn’t normally tell your peers. We did this for about an hour or two, it felt like eternity. Everyone treated each other with such respect and empathy, it was a special moment. There were Many apologetic comments that I felt were very valuable to the person apologizing and the receiver of the apology. When I think back of all the new friends I’ve made at Fenn and how much our relationships grew over the course of the last couple years I become sad and depressed. I feel that lump in my throat and before I know it I’m balling my eyes out. I think of guys like Will Hickey, who is a great friend and always wants the best for me, I think of guys like Jack Moscow who automatically became a great friend as a new boy with me and finally Ben Lisa who pushes me in my athletic endeavors and is a great friend to have. I could go on and on but it’s those people in my Fenn Career that have really made a difference. We all knew that this would be our last year together for most of us and that will definitely be a very significant and hard change to adapt to, so I plan on making the most out of this year. This campfire will alway stick in my mind and I will alway think of it as a safe and respectful environment.
Now I’m back sitting here writing this essay for my English teacher hoping he likes it but, I also loved writing this piece. Everything I learned was definitely worth being expressed on paper. I created a greater bond with everyone in my class and I feel like this year will go much smoother because of that.