Stretching can take on many forms: from leaving the city limits for the first time to sleeping in a cabin with no electrical outlets! As a coach, it was something to see the transformation taking place during our Team Trenton’s weekend retreat with other Next Generation Community Leaders teams at YMCA Camp Ockanickon this fall! A low ropes course designed to warm us up was closely followed by a high ropes course and other challenging teambuilding opportunities that stretched our minds and ideas around what working as a team really means. After a campfire, s’mores, and an interesting game of Uno, our youth conquered their biggest challenge to date: 98% of the group (some of who cannot swim) got into canoes and paddled down an expansive and mildly challenging river on a rainy Sunday afternoon! It was no small feat, but they did it!
When asked “What are you learning about yourself” team member Paola Noel said, “I learned that I walk away from challenging situations.”
Wow, what a revelation! Who among us hasn’t done that? Paola and her teammates resisted the urge to turn away from their challenges during the retreat and found a way to get through them TOGETHER. Team Trenton is well on its way to creating meaningful connections, which we are confident will extend to our Trenton community.
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