Weekly Roundup 6/7

trail teamwork…

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Trevan bravely volunteered to be the first trail leaders of the summer. With his experience from the past few years out on the trails, he led the team grooming the Wild Horse Mesa trails using our standards: High Lopper Stretch (cutting branches as high as your lopper can reach), Three-Man Link (cutting branches three people wide), Covered Fist Test (throw rocks off the trail if they are too big to cover with your fist), and Clear Path Search (place a sign anywhere there isn’t a “clear path” for riders/hikers). Each youth accepted their first leadership assignment: Sam as assistant trail leaders, Devin made sure we had all the tools we needed in the gator, Ella filled the water cooler each morning, Carter checked the gas and oil in all the equipment, Avery took photos and recorded stories to contribute to this blog, Ashden stuck a trail map in his pocket and always knew where we were and Ben made sure everyone was hydrated and safe. We completed this set of trails except for mowing, which will happen in the next few weeks.

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cowboy values - authenticity

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We started our 2019 Ranch Hand Leadership Academy by discussing the importance of a leader to be authentic. Each youth completed an Emergenetics profile that revealed their preferences for thinking and behaving. Below are two charts showing the collective profiles for this particular youth staff. The first dot chart shows great diversity in how each youth thinks or does things; the second chart shows this team has a great ability to achieve great things this summer from a whole-brain perspective if there is respect for each other’s differences. We talked about how stereotyping are destructive and self-centered. Most of all, we learned about each other: Devin will typically feel secure in his own ideas and put a lot of energy into defending them; Ben is similar to Devin but has more energy to flex to others’ opinions; Ella gets satisfaction by doing whatever task is in front of her and enjoys connecting with other people; Sam and Avery often have committees in their brains fighting over different perspectives that usually lead to great decisions, it just might take them some time; Ashden just wants a logical plan that he can follow and be left alone to get it done; Trevan is similar to Ashden but also has a side of him that likes to do things different than everyone else; Carter has a lot of energy to quietly come up with new ideas but also values order and predictability.

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photo moments…

Presenting the 2019 Ranch Hand Leadership Academy youth staff!

Presenting the 2019 Ranch Hand Leadership Academy youth staff!

Ella clearing cut branches off the horse trail.

Ella clearing cut branches off the horse trail.

Devin decided to wrestle a tree…the tree won!

Devin decided to wrestle a tree…the tree won!

Our RHLA planning room. This is where we eat lunch, where the trail leader talks about what we did well that day, what we could have done better, where we are in our plan and how will we prepare for tomorrow.

Our RHLA planning room. This is where we eat lunch, where the trail leader talks about what we did well that day, what we could have done better, where we are in our plan and how will we prepare for tomorrow.

This was an RHLA Avenger or X-Men moment on the trail. Sam was hoping lightening would not strike!

This was an RHLA Avenger or X-Men moment on the trail. Sam was hoping lightening would not strike!

Trevan educated everyone on a new candy that originated in the Philippines, now referred to in the US as “jubes”. See  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nata_de_coco . Jerry was completely disgusted by them!

Trevan educated everyone on a new candy that originated in the Philippines, now referred to in the US as “jubes”. See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nata_de_coco. Jerry was completely disgusted by them!

This shows our afternoon routine of sharpening our loppers after a full day on the trails. Each youth has loppers assigned to them to use and care for throughout the summer.

This shows our afternoon routine of sharpening our loppers after a full day on the trails. Each youth has loppers assigned to them to use and care for throughout the summer.

While working, a few clusters of caterpillars creating a nest was discovered hidden in a patch of scrub oak along-side of the trail.

While working, a few clusters of caterpillars creating a nest was discovered hidden in a patch of scrub oak along-side of the trail.

Sam decided to befriend one of these creeping crawlies.

Sam decided to befriend one of these creeping crawlies.

Two of our favorite times of the day are 10:30 and 11:45 when we get to take a break!

Two of our favorite times of the day are 10:30 and 11:45 when we get to take a break!

Jerry Van Leuven