Weekly Roundup Report 7/13


Monday, July 9

  • Courage Challenge Adventure at the Phillip Miller Activity Center

Tuesday, July 10

  • groomed Wild Horse Mesa
  • spot-checked/groomed all other major trails

Wednesday, July 11

  • raked hay in the hay barn and moved pallets
  • painted Plum Creek bridge
  • weed wacked ranch
  • cleaned the waterers in Breezeway

Thursday, July 12

  • groomed Sunset Ridge trail
  • groomed High Springs trail

Friday, July 13

  • trail grooming
  • ranch projects



Courage Challenge Adventure.  We recently organized into new times, based on a balanced mix of Emergenetics preferences.  Each person was asked to pick three "courage challenges" from a list of twelve that could be performed on the Epic Adventure Tower at the nearby Phillip Miller Park (rappelling, rock climbing, jumping off a 20 ft or 45 ft or 75 platform in various ways, etc).

Each team was told their team could earn 100 points only if each team member completed all three of the courage challenges they selected.  They were also told individuals could earn an additional 10 points if they choose to do another activity that was at least as difficult (or more difficult) than the hardest challenge they originally selected.

Here are some photos showing what each person chose to do.

Allie, Jane, Trevan, Devin, Logan, Gavin, Shark Nato, Sam, Jerry, Zed and Todd

Allie, Jane, Trevan, Devin, Logan, Gavin, Shark Nato, Sam, Jerry, Zed and Todd

Here are some videos of Sam's and Trevan's push to jump 75 foot (a feat also accomplished by Todd, Gavin, Devin, Nate and Logan).  This activity was especially challenging not only because of the sheer height, but the rope apparatus was under the platform, not above the jumper...so it truly felt like jumping with no support.  Also, there was a 30 foot free fall before the rope gear slowed the speed...terrifying for some of us!

We then went zip-lining on ten increasingly long zip lines.  Here are some photos taken during this activity and while we ate lunch near zip line #6.

Everyone earned a medal by completing their chosen courage challenges and most everyone earned extra points for their team by pushing themselves to do even more.  Trevan was awarded with the special "FEARMASTER" medal for pushing through his fear all the way to the top.  We've also seen Trevan do this with other fears (like handling snakes)!



  • It is easier to face fear by involving those around us.  We discovered that when we had teammates cheering us on, the task that scared us seemed to be easier than if we tried to accomplish this all by ourselves.
  • We have to trust the rope and harness.  In life, when we experience difficult challenges, we have to trust in something in order to move forward.  On Monday, we had to trust the rope and harness in order to jump.  The rope and harness now serve as tangible symbols of what we need to put our trust in going forward as we face challenges...faith in our skills, our knowledge, our family, our friends, or our higher power.
  • It is okay to be scared and be vulnerable about it.  When we choose to silently get through our fear, we block the understanding and encouragement from others who care about our success.  If we are open and real about how we are feeling, we soon realize we aren't the only ones with fear and often are boosted by the support and morale offered to us by others.
  • Openly conquering our fears often inspires others to do the same.  Jerry was proud of every youth for completing the courage challenges they selected.  He was especially inspired by Allie, Nate, Sam, Logan, Devin and Trevan for pushing through fear to accomplishing something very difficult.
  • Gain perspective by walking in another's shoes.  Once we ascended to the 75 foot platform, we experienced a shift in mindset.  It was much scarier looking down than it was looking up from the ground.  This helped us to understand how, as a leader, we need to have compassion for those we are leading through fear.  If we see the challenge from their perspective, we will more easily connect with them and earn their trust so we can help them to move forward.
Jerry Van Leuven