There is something about a challenge that raises the level of performance in kids. The camp was split into groups and each tackled the five low elements in the ELITEAM woods. They worked together to complete each challenge cleanly and quickly, and actually took the time to strategize and listen to each other's comments. They questioned techniques and looked for faster ways, better ways. Some were successful, others were not, but all were focused on the task at hand. For the staff it was a pleasure to watch.
After the group event, it was time to learn the Obstacle Course which will be highlighted on Saturday. It runs over a minute and has them huffing and puffing at the end. It is a combination of pure speed and high-level agility and technique. They have already memorized it and can visualize it daily until they get to practice it again. Turns out there was a bit of "ice" on the course and we had our first minor injury of the camp. As Parker flew around a gate headed for the Marine Wall, he fell, skinning his knee. Of course he got up and finished, but after closer inspection, it looked like he could use a couple of stitches. We look forward to his return tomorrow for the Ropes course.
After some fun games and Relays with Andrew (complete with smiles, wipe-outs and odd requests from Andrew), we ended with a short relaxation exercise and the campers were awesome. For a brief period, they focused completely on relaxing their bodies and minds. It was a sight to see, 46 young athletes lying still and quiet in the middle of the soccer field, totally focused.
Lights out at 9:15 and the kids are quiet. Everyone is tired from the day, but excited for Ropes Courses and Leg Routines tomorrow. I know I am.