At the YPF’s October 20th, second grant-funded trip to the outdoor education center, Ramblewildthrew another very different set of challenges our way! Our first visit last spring provided opportunities for groups to face the challenges of the high ropes course-definitely outside of many participants’ comfort zone.
Sunday’s group-building exercises in the low-ropes course pushed our group of teens into situations of communication and cooperation that were frustrating at moments, funny at others, and ultimately a great learning experience. I was very proud of every participant because no activity could have happened successfully without 100% participation and cooperation from the group. Nothing beat the moment when all 11 teenagers stood balanced on a giant (VERY TIPPY) see-saw and sang “Row Row Row Your Boat” all the way through!
Thanks to the volunteers, Sara Garinther and Alec Gillman and thanks also to the grant funding from Feronia Forest. We look forward to our next (TBD) adventure in November-stay tuned! And let me know if you have an idea or are willing to volunteer to help.
What is YPF?
The three areas of focus for the YPF are fellowship(creating a fun, safe community for our teens/preteens), service(finding ways to give back to the community) and spirit (creatively participating in the spiritual life of our home parish).
YPF is based at St. Stephens but is an interfaith group, welcoming members from any and all neighboring communities of faith. Critical mass is important for youth fellowship and we encourage any interested youth (friends, etc) to join. We continue to actively pursue collaboration with other communities of faith.
Read more about YPF here.