The main objective for the trip was to build familiarity and fusion together as a ninth grade class. After an introductory speech from the Caribou staff, we played a variety of interactive games which set up a baseline for the rest of the trip. Games like mingle and the birthday game were among the games we played. In mingle, you would introduce yourself to another classmate; however, there were simple guidelines you needed to follow. When greeting someone, you had to introduce or meet someone in a certain way. Examples: they were famous, or you had'nt seen them in ten years. Mingle was a great way to get the ball rolling.
Next was the birthday game, where you had to align your whole grade in order of birth date; January at the beginning of the line, December at the end. But, there was one rule; no talking. The birthday game was another fun collaborative way of getting to form a better bond with each individual classmate. Both of these games were a fun and well thought-out way to begin our class trip. The rest of the activities followed down this fun, clever, and exciting path as well.
Proceeding these events was free-time. You were given the choice of what to do with this forty-five minute time frame. You could go swimming, play soccer, gaga ball, and do many more sorts of activities. I enjoyed this freedom of choice.
When the activities were over, we had dinner; barbeque chicken, which was delicious. Following dinner was a seminar held by Mr. Boonisar, in which we discussed this upcoming senior year. The talk was a great way of ridding of a summer mindset, and getting into the school mode.
Then it was off to bed.
We were awoken in the morning by the ringing of a large brass bell at the heart of the Caribou campus. Quickly we got ready for the day, and then headed off to the rec hall for pancakes and bacon. Again, the food was delicious, and then we were off to the low ropes course for the set of morning activities.
The low ropes course revolved around trust and team building exercises. We were split up into our cabins, which contained twelve-thirteen students. It was activities like the trapeze, the twelve foot wall, and the spider-net where you had to formulate plans to complete the activities, and instill your trust in your classmates to catch you when you fell, to reach you through the web, or to assist you when climbing up something.
After three or so hours of hard work, it was time for lunch. We then cleaned up the hall, and like after every meal, sang songs and cheers together. Then we were off to the afternoon activities: high ropes.
During high ropes you were always strapped into a harness, but high ropes are when fears of heights begin to come out in people. What was great about the high ropes was that everyone was encouraged to give them a try. This meant some very scared kids, including myself. Despite this anxiety, the whole class yelled in support for their peers as they attempted the different high ropes activities. This was another way cohesion was created on this trip.
After high ropes we went back to the dining hall for dinner, did songs and cheers, and then had free time. During free time many students competed in an intense game of futsal on the deck-hockey arena. Futsal is soccer played "indoors" with smaller spaced, no soccer lines, and smaller goals.
Following free time the entire grade gathered together by the waterfront and had a campfire. Mr. Duane entertained us with his voice and expertise on the guitar. Classmates told stories, jokes, and taught songs. The caribou staff showed us the fascinating delayed echo off of the lake, and O.G. screamed; "swag!," and his echo was heard five seconds after he yelled it.
After a few hours of this campfire fun, we all gathered closely around the fire, and shared our personal and class goals for the year. This was unique because everyone in the class shared their goals. Personally, this was my favorite part of the trip.
After we were all done sharing, it was off to the cabins where we crashed from exhaustion.
Similar to the previous morning, we were awoken by the bell. The same morning routine followed, and after eating breakfast, we headed down to the lake where we went Aqua Zipping. "Aqua Zipping" is an activity at Caribou where you climb 65 feet up a tree, are attached to a zipline, and then sent flying into the water. This was also very fun.
After the Aqua Zip, we went back to the cabins, packed up, ate lunch, said our goodbyes and thank yous to the Caribou staff, and got on the bus back to Fenn.
Overall, the Caribou trip was a great experience. I met new people, worked hard together with other classmates, learned a lot, and most importantly; had a fantastic time.
Caribou made me even more excited for my senior year at Fenn, taught me to be a leader, to always be happy and kind, and to be resilient.