BY: OWEN GUND
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear"
Not everyone is courageous enough to step outside of their comfort zone. However, Fenn students in the ninth grade are faced with the challenge to do just this throughout their senior trip to camp Caribou. This year it was my turn, along with my thirty five classmates.
On the four hour bus ride to Caribou I was filled with curiosity. I had heard that the trip was an unforgettable experience, but I wasn't sure what exact aspects of the trip were so memorable. Our whole class was in this together, and boy, were we in for a surprise.
By the time we got to Caribou we had already started to develope an understanding of what the vibe of the trip was going to be. I felt that as our time together progressed we got to know each other much better. This was especially meaningful to me because after I completed my eighth grade year at Fenn, which was also my first year, I was eager to expand my close freindships further, with all the wonderful people I became freinds with in eighth grade.
I also wanted to become closer to some of the other people in my grade, whom I hadn't really gotten to know last year. Because of the ample amount of time that I spent with my classmates, as well as the fact that our grade had been almost cut in half, I was able to succeed in both these goals. Not only was it an amazing feeling to be accompanied by so many freinds who cared about me deeply, but I thouroughly cherished witnessing all the social barriers going away, and watching all thirty six of us begin to turn in to a band of brothers.
Bonding was a wonderful aspect of the trip, but there was so much more to remember. The biggest theme I took away from being at camp Caribou, was being courageous and rising to the occasion when being challenged to step outside my comfort zone. I was extremely proud of myself for trying every single high ropes course challenge, even the horrifying ones like the leap of faith and the aqua zip. I ended up enjoying them and it was all because I had stepped up to the plate and given them a try.
Taking on a high ropes course challenge connects to a Fenn experience in a variety of ways. This year we will all be giving senior reflections in front of approximately three hundred and fifty people. We will all need to courageously walk up to the stage in the same way we courageously climbed to our doom at Caribou.
Trying out the high ropes courses was an excellent opportuninity to experience reward, which for me was the excitement I experienced even though I was horrified. At Fenn, ninth grade students are provided with an immense amount of opportunities. Just as taking on a ropes course is terifying, all opportunities have negative aspects. However, a high ropes course offer a rewarding rush of exhilaration, just as taking on any opportunity at Fenn feels rewarding in the end.
The Camp Caribou senior trip was an unforgettable learning experience. Throughout the trip I realized the importance of being courageous and taking advantage of opportunities. I also thouroughly enjoyed this trip because I became even closer to my classmates. Going to Cadibou was at truly unforgettable time.