9th Grade Boating, Survival at Fairview Lake

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9th Grade Boating, Survival at Fairview Lake

William Mainente, Writer

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William Mainente, Staff Writer

 

Last Friday, the Class of 2018 traveled to Fairview Lake, a YMCA Camp.  At Fairview Lake each group rotated between three activities.  The first activity was a survival course where the freshmen learned how to survive in the wilderness on their own.  We were taught the necessities of survival, water, shelter and food.  Without these resources we would not last very long alone in the wilderness.   During the survival course we were broken up into small groups and were assigned to create a shelter from the materials we assembled in the woods.

Another activity we participated in was boating on the lake.  Each rowboat had a four man crew who each got the chance to see what it was like to row a boat on a lake.  Many of us crashed and splashed water at each of the other boats on the lake.  Nobody flipped their boat over even though many of us did try.

The final activity was called ASE, which stands for Action Social Experience.  ASE’s are 10 team building obstacles built in the woods.  One of the obstacles our group participated in was the Spider Web.  To complete this obstacle each team member had to pass through a small roped spiderweb without touching the rope. After many unsuccessful tries we were able to successfully complete the obstacle course due to our communication and leadership skills.  We concluded the day with a peaceful mass outdoors lead by Father Sal.  Finally, after an hour and a half bus ride full of traffic we arrived back home at Oratory Prep.

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