Week Three of Summer Leadership Challenge 2017

Day One

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The students headed out in the afternoon for a nice day of sea kayaking. They took paddle-boards, canoes, and kayaks out on the water for a fun day of water exploration. Some were lucky to spot a golden eagle and a hawk on their way to shore.

When they arrived, they had some beachside snacks and a little bit of time enjoying the sun. Although there was the option to return to campus by bus, some chose to paddle back to the sea kayaking center before they were picked up for some extra exercise and fun.

Day Two

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Two discovery groups set out in the morning to Portland to go lobstering. They learned about traps and how they work, how to tell the difference between a male and female lobster, and how to put bands around a lobster’s claws.

In the afternoon, everyone gathered in the sunken garden for a game of volleyball. The discovery groups played fiercely against each other to obtain disco points. Whichever group has the most points in the end wins the glorious disco cup!

After dinner, an exciting game of dodgeball had the students competing against the teachers, college interns, and student leaders. Much fun was had as they cheered each other on and taunted the other team playfully.

Day Three

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The students met up in their discovery groups to answer deep questions about themselves and help encourage others to say what they needed to say. Discovery group sessions are very helpful in getting weight off of your chest, heart and mind.

Once the discovery groups felt emotionally weightless after getting it all out, they practiced their Performing Arts dances to songs such as “Space Jam” and “Uptown Funk” that never fail to make them smile as they feel the beat and learn the moves.

Finally, as a conclusion to the discovery-group centric day, they all competed in a game of soccer for more disco points.

Day Four

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The students went out again to four different locations for community service. The locations were Morris Farm, Collinson Farm, the Chocolate Church Arts Center, and the Plant Memorial Home for Senior Living.

They helped the farms and the Plant Home with various outdoor work such as gardening, clearing, and maintenance, and they helped to paint the walls of the Chocolate Church. They also played games and performed a dance for the seniors at the Plant Home that surely brightened their day.

In the Afternoon, they went to the beach once again to relax and swim and enjoy leisure time with friends.

Finally, they went out on the town with their discovery groups for dinner and various activities. One group went bowling, another set up outdoor jenga, and another went to a high-end restaurant and ate delicious Maine lobster.

Day Five

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The next morning, the remaining two groups who hadn’t yet gone lobstering did just that while the rest started to build boats in Curiosity Curriculum that they will be racing in the annual Hyde Summer Leadership Challenge Regatta, a boat race around the duck pond outside the mansion.

In the afternoon, everyone headed to the field for a game of ultimate frisbee.

Finally, after dinner, there was a social hour in the Sunken Garden where the students hung out and talked for a while before returning to their dorms for the night.

Day Six

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The students worked on their boats for Curiosity Curriculum, perfected their moves for their first dance performance, then began to learn their second dance for the Family Weekend Performing Arts Show.

They headed out to the Turf (Hyde’s track, football field, and second soccer field) to play an intense game of flag football, then they headed in early for some dorm fun!

Day Seven

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On the final day of Week Three, the students went white water rafting on the Kennebec river. The day started out with a long bus ride north to where the rapids are at their peak.

Next, the students geared up and learned about their paddles, personal flotation devices, and the rafts they would be using out on the swift water.

Many took a swim, voluntarily or not, and all had a wonderful time careening down the river in boats of seven people. Some were singing and laughing the whole time.