Weekly Roundup 7/12& 7/19

team trailwork…

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Ella’s Buckboard Run trails ended up being pretty easy because most of them were mowed already by Randy. However, she and Jerry were able to groom a few picnic areas that were overgrown with weeds. Ella also took over part of the Ed Young trail when Jerry was out of town.

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Avery’s Sunset Ridge trails offered great views from the top of the ridge, but they were also some of the hottest, most exposed ridges we have groomed all summer…particularly as the days have been getting warmer. She did a great job planning the route and keeping the team motivated.

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Ashden moved with his family to Utah, so Trevan volunteered to lead the team to groom the Tomahawk Hills trails. So far, it hasn’t been too bad, but we know we are headed into “Jurassic Park” this week to get the lower Glade Gulch trail groomed.

 

cowboy values - duty…

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Each youth staff has had plenty of opportunity throughout the summer to show a willingness to sacrifice self-interest. We’ve learned together that the duty to the team and to our stakeholders exceeds the importance of some of our self interests (getting back to work after our 15 minute break, working hard on quality trail grooming rather than talking or goofing around).

cowboy values - courage…

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We spent some time discussing our fears and the importance of facing them and breaking down the false restrictions we create in our lives to protect ourselves from perceived danger. It is a fact that most people are more afraid of speaking in public than risking death! What are they afraid of? Being judged harshly by others. We discussed how easy it is to be judged by others as a teenager in school and how we can learn to have courage to be ourselves and to be true to our values

As a test of our courage, we went to the MAC in Castle and each youth choose the most frightening thing they could personally do on the Epic Adventure Tower. I was very impressed with the kids that really pushed themselves to their limit and promise a shake for each act of courage. I ended up buying everyone a shake because they earned it!

media moments…

Here is Ben contemplating kissing a toad.

Here is Ben contemplating kissing a toad.

Here is Ben about to kiss a toad, hoping it will turn into Jennifer Annistan (it didn’t).

Here is Ben about to kiss a toad, hoping it will turn into Jennifer Annistan (it didn’t).

Quick video with proof that Ben, did indeed, press his lips against a dirty toad…yuck!

Avery demonstrated a perfect trust fall off the 45-foot platform!

Been offered a high-pitched woman scream as he jumped the 45-foot platform.

Devin shouted an annoying “See ya!” just before jumping off the tallest platform. Showed no fear.

Like Devin, Carter showed no hesitation jumping off the 70 foot platform (but he did it quietly).

Avery didn’t appear afraid but later said she was scared jumping off the highest platform.

Trevan thrilled his audience with sort of a gutteral version of “Yeeee!” on the way down!

Nature photography by Ben.

Nature photography by Ben.

Nature photography by Ben.

Nature photography by Ben.

Jerry Van Leuven