Today at ELITEAM we…
Started off by collecting rocks down at the river. Each camper selected their own rock and named or decorated it before placing it ceremoniously on the ELITEAM Shrine, where we all took the “Tougher, Stronger, Fitter, Faster” Pledge. That is our ELITEAM theme for the month and each day at camp will be a new challenge based on one of those four.
Next we jumped into action with a 4 station rotation, each one representing Tougher, Stronger, Fitter or Faster… 100 yard burpee sprints made us “Tougher”, boxing made us “Stronger”, the obstacle course made us “Faster”, and a memorization game helped us get “Fitter” mentally.
At dinner we loaded up our plates with spaghetti and meatballs to refuel for the evening activities. I checked the green bean bowl and we actually made a big dent in it!
During our camp meeting we watched part of a commencement speech that explained why making your bed in the morning is important. This year, all campers will be required to make their beds before morning warm-up. Girls vs boys dorm competition! The girls dorm won last week, so the male coaches are focused on instructing and inspiring a win this week for the boys. Stay tuned! Here’s a link to the speech if you’d like to check it out:
Admiral William H. McRaven- University of Texas at Austin 2014 (We watched from minutes 3-6.)
Next up was an agility pole workout. We challenged the campers to do some intricate moves and there were a lot of successes, as well as some struggles. In the end I think all of the campers now have some new moves in their agility repertoire. We ended with some fun relays which included many of our favorite moves – Molly Hops, High-Knee Butt-Kicks, Nose in the Ground Sprints and Side Shuffles with Jazz Hands. The coaches were doing everything alongside the campers which added to the chaos and fun.
The kids are now tucked into bed with the lights out. All is quiet in the dorms, resting up for tomorrow!
1. What activity did you like the best today and why?
Aiden O- I liked the burpees because it was a great challenge for the first day of ELITEAM.
Luke H- Boxing
Connor H- I liked boxing and obstacle course the best because it was challenging and very fun at the same time.
Liam V- I liked the obstacle course best. But all of them were good to make me stronger so I liked all of them.
Harry W- I enjoyed the burpees across the soccer field because it pushed me hard and felt rewarding to finish.
Jabes G- Boxing and burpees were awesome.
Shealagh B- I liked the marine wall in the obstacle course and the memory game because they were fun and I think I did well.
Abi M- The obstacle course because it was fun.
Libby W- The slalom part of the obstacle course because it was fast.
Mayson B- The obstacle course because it was fun to do it with your team and do different obstacles.
Annie J- I liked the boxing today because it was something different and nice to do with a partner.
Ellie K- I liked the obstacle course because it was really fun and different.
Pippa W- I liked the boxing because it was fun!
Anna S- The boxing. It was cool in the RPC and fun.
Elizabeth C- The obstacle course because it was fun and used a variety of different skills.
Maddie Z- Boxing, because it is fun and tough on your arms.
Donatella D- The obstacle course because it was fun and entertaining.
2. Describe what how it feels to do a 100 yard Burpee sprint.
Aiden O- It an enduring pain and forces you to use all your muscle groups, but it was a satisfying pain.
Luke H- It is tiring and exhausting but possible to do if you don’t start out too fast.
Connor H- It was hard but worth it.
Liam V- It feels extremely tiring but your enjoying it so its not too bad.
Harry W- You are having fun but are going through excruciating pain at the same time.
Jabes G- It hurts so good.
Shealagh B- It was tiring but it felt good after.
Abi M- Very hot but great when your done.
Libby W- It feels awesome when your done.
Mayson B- It was hard but I powered through and felt good at the end.
Annie J- The after effect was relief cause it was over.
Ellie K- It feels good after.
Pippa W- My legs felt like Jello afterwards, but otherwise it was fun.
Anna S- Exhausting.
Elizabeth C- It is hard but it makes you want to push through it.
Maddie Z- Painful but fun.
Donatella D- It feels good after you get it done but while your doing it, it is very painful.
3. If you could tell your best friend one thing right now, what would it be?
Shealagh B- You got this! I don’t know what your doing but you got it.
Abi M- See you soon.
Libby W- Push your limits.
Mayson B- Camp is fun, hard, and full of sweat!!
Annie J- Come to Eliteam.
Ellie K- Hey Pip! Looooooieee
Pippa W- Hey Ellie! Whats shakin bacon?
Anna S- Hi. Miss you!
Elizabeth C- Hi.
Maddie Z- Work hard. Kiki do you love me.
Donatella D- Hi Work hard and have fun.
4. If you could tell your mom one thing right now, what would it be?
Aiden O- I love you and I’ll never stop pushing.
Luke H- This was a great first day of camp.
Connor H- We did boxing and Luke was my partner.
Liam V- Don’t take me home.
Jabes G- Uh… I sprained my ankle like 5 minutes in… you proud?
Harry W- This is going to be an AWESOME week!