This morning, the younger half of the camp hit the Ropes Course for some sports psychology training as well as some huge and high fun. Each athlete was able to try four elements – Vertical Playpen, Tightrope traverse, Incline Log and the Burma Bridge. We have horns at the end of the climbs and throughout the morning the Hills were alive with the sound of honking. After dancing and throwing some “tricks” while balancing on the top of the 40′ Vertical Playpen, Ollie promptly designed ELITEAM’s next high element that involves 2 cargo nets, a diagonal ladder and ends with a Tarzan swing at 60 feet up. I don’t know if it meets the laws of physics…
While that was going on, the other half of the camp was performing one-legged tuck jumps, backwards, uphill. It is the infamous Uphill Leg Routine followed by the Berg Und Tal (see video), the quick-feet Slalom, and more agility training. At one station the athletes walk backwards on a balance beam and shoot a basketball over their head backwards trying for two points. Most attempts don’t even hit the backboard, but Gavin “the Gavinator” hit nothing but net and the coaches went wild.
Dance followed a lunch of Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. Within 15 minutes, all 46 campers knew their steps and we were a fine tuned athletic Eliteam Dance Team. You will see what I mean on Saturday when they perform the dance for you all. The favorite move is definitely The Sprinkler!
All the campers hit the kitchen this afternoon to try their hand at baking some healthy Yogurt Banana Bread. Lots of measuring, mixing and mashing. They got to taste the “fruits” of their labor right before our dorm meeting tonight and scarfed it all down.
After a quick swim in the pond to cool off before dinner, it was “Taco Tuesday, on Thursday” followed by Rock Wall climbing and Tire flipping. Yoga ended the day. This is always my favorite part of the day. In 20 minutes they go from loud, uncontrollable energy to 46 relaxed, quiet, focused Yogis lying completely still on the mats. All is quiet at 9:11pm in the boys dorm!!!