Just 30 minutes into ELITEAM we had the group split into four to face four different challenges. First there was the Rock Workout, which quickly answered the question, “What are we doing with the rocks?” They lifted, twisted, threw, carried, tossed, squatted and hugged their rocks while sweating up a storm. There was also the Stilt & Push-up combo station. After they hammered out 50 push-ups, they sprinted with stilts. Some caught on quickly while others spent some time stumbling, quite literally, around the field as they tried out various techniques. We had the Duck Carry challenge, which had them hanging in the cargo net. It’s harder than it looks! And finally there was the Nitro Water Transport where I saw some pretty amazing feats of balance, strength and ingenuity – all with smiles on their faces.
After dinner it was all about agility. With just bamboo poles and your imagination you can think up some pretty hard footwork combinations. And as soon as you make it a team challenge, the athletes respond with inspired performances. Not all the performances ended with everyone still standing though. Next were relays and finally a relaxation/yoga cool down that had 46 campers lying quiet on the field as the sun set.
The boys dorm was quiet at 9:00 with just one room of five making giggling noises past lights out. The threat of cleaning toilets quieted them quickly though. Tomorrow is all Ropes and Leg Routines.
RANDOM QUOTES OVERHEARD TODAY:
Push-up water… aka “sweat”.- Tom
I’m going to burn my rock when I get home.- Charlie L.
We need to get into Zen-mode here, people.- Ollie
QUOTES FROM THE LADIES IN WITCH’S HAT:
Best part of my day so far…
The Nitro. We had to use a lot of teamwork to figure out what to do.- Brianna
Ducky cargo net. It was challenging but fun.- Olivia
The stilts. I kept falling, but eventually I got it!- Kelsey
The stilts. I like being high in the air. – Nicole
The trick to succeeding on the stilts:
Listening to the counselor and trying your hardest.- Gabbie
Having a narrow stance. – BriannaContain your balance.- OliviaLean forward. – SophieGet your balance before you try to walk. – Maureen
My rock is…
Very heavy.- Gabbie
14.5 lbs and is named “Rock”- Brianna
My soulmate. J – Nicole
How many push-ups have you done so far? And how do your arms feel?
220. I can’t feel them. – Kelsey
250. Tired! -Maureen
200. Great!- Sophie
220! Like noodles!- Gabbie