Courage, Friendship and Perseverance
Imagine being forced to climb up a 30-foot tree then walk across a cracking skinny to get to another tree while only being attached by a small flimsy rope. Imagine having to talk in front of 30 people about your hopes and dreams for the next year. Imagine being forced to climb a 25 foot tree then zip line down into a river, while only being connected by a rusty old carabiner. Imagine doing all this while you're afraid of heights and of public speaking. This was Camp Caribou and this was the place our class trip was heading too.
Courage doesn't mean you get afraid . Courage means you don't let fear stop you. At Camp Caribou, I didn't let fear stop me. I looked fear straight in the eyes as I arrived at the dining hall at Camp Caribou. The Fenn class of 2016 had just finished dinner at the Camp Caribou dining area. After dinner, we had planned to conduct a leadership conversation as we were new 9th graders. Our class was going to sit in a circle and one of the teachers would lead this conversation. The fear I had was talking in front of all of my classmates because I'm not comfortable and scared to do so. We began to start the conversation. The teacher said that everyone is going to have to speak at one point or another. This statement made my stomach fill with butterflies. We started talking about what it means to be a 9th grader. A few kids spoke about how we now hold a large leadership role. We then began to discuss our goals for our last year at Fenn and the teacher said everyone had to talk. My friend Lucas next to me spoke about his goals for the year. I began to think of what I really wanted to do. Halfway through my thought I was called on to speak. While trembling, I said "I want to manage my time a lot better this year". Once they moved on I felt relieved that I was able to get through that without messing up. I took a big step for me, courage helped me take a giant step to try and get past my fear of public speaking. Courage has helped me take more risks such as talking in front of my grade. I would've never thought about talking in front of my grade if it wasn't for courage. The definition of courage is the ability to do something that fears you. Courage can help you overcome many challenges in life. Being courageous can also open new doors for you. Camp Caribou opened a door for me by allowing me to be just a bit more comfortable at public speaking and, will consider doing it again.
Courage helped me become a bit more comfortable a public speaking whilst friendship helped me get bit more comfortable with heights
No ship sails without a crew and what a merry and friendly crew are the Fenn Class of 2016. My friends have always been there for me through rough and smooth sailing, and they continued to be there for me during our class trip to Camp Caribou. At Camp Caribou I had felt the intangible power of friendship. Our class traveled to the high ropes section of the camp. High ropes is a series of obstacles attached to surrounding trees. The objective of the high ropes course was to walk across the wire/log or climb up a tall rock wall while being suspended in the air.The climber does these obstacles while being strapped into a harness while being hoisted up by a thin rope and a small flimsy Carabiner. We arrived at the high ropes area and we began to get our harnesses on. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to climb, but then a few of my friends convinced me to do so. I had watched how some of the students did each obstacle and thought it couldn't be that bad. After a good amount of time went by one of the teachers asked if I want to go. I thought it couldn't possibly be that bad. I lined up in front of the obstacle I was going to do. The obstacle I was doing was a ladder you have to climb up to get to a log. Once you get to the log about 30 feet in the air you have to walk across it to another tree. I was clipped in and ready to go, but I was also filled with fear. I was shaking crazily as I grabbed onto the flimsy ladder. I took a deep breath and began my climb. At I began my ascent to the ladder shook crazily as I swung and bashed into the tree. Below me were my friends cheering me on saying "You can do it! Everything is going to be alright!" This really gave me the encouragement I needed, until I got to the log. After I got to the log and off the ladder I was instantly filled with fear again. The encouragement below me really helped me persevere through my fear of heights. I closed my eyes, took a depth breath and sprinted across the log. My heart was pounding so hard my friends below me probably heard it. After I got to the second tree I still heard words of encouragement from my friends. I began my descent down and was belayed down to the ground. After that experience I reflected and thought how helpful my friends were during a time like this.I let go of all my fear because I knew no matter what happened my friends would still be there for me. True friends are there for you during your hardest times. My friends were there for me was I was scared, nervous and filled with fear. My friends continued to cheer me on and filled me with encouragement. From this experience I learned that I also have to be a good friend. One of my friends struggled with his fear of heights during the high ropes too. I encouraged him because I knew how much the encouragement helped me. He finished the obstacle and thanked me for the help. Being a good friend consist of being by their side no matter what the situation.
My friends didn't just help me complete the high ropes, they also help me persevere past my one of my biggest fears.
Everyone has to persevere at one time or another. At Camp Caribou I had to persevere through my fear of heights. At Camp Caribou our class was headed to an obstacle in the sky. I was told this obstacle involved heights, one of my worst fears. I stared into the glistening lake, I glimpsed up and my eyes arrived on a zip line attached to a nearby tree. This platform was called the Aqua Zip. The Aqua Zip is a zip line that takes you across the lake and near the end crashes you into the water. The only way to get to the start of the Aqua Zip is to climb up a fifteen-foot ladder and then another 20 feet up to a platform in the tree tops. The scary part for me wasn't the zip line, It was the climb up. I had also been afraid of heights ever since I was little. Our class started getting our harnesses on so we could climb up the tree safely. After I got my harness on I began to watch some of the other students go down the zip line. I felt less worried, all fear released from body until I heard my name called...I was up next.The counselor clicked me onto the belay line with and an old rusty Carabiner. I took a glimpse of the towering oak trees that stood in front of me. What seemed like miles was sitting the platform I had been instructed to climb too. As I put one foot on the ladder my legs trembled, my stomach dropped and my arms felt weak. I didn't want to make the trip up to the platform, but it was too late now. I began my ascent up the ladder. As I was climbing the ladder, it began to shake like a baby's rattle. This didn't help me feel better at all, I felt like I was going to throw up. After I got off the ladder from hell I stared down at the students cheering me on. I persevered through my fear and decided to finish the climb. Step after step I began to feel the fear disperse out of my body. I got to the platform I looked down into the shimmering blue lake. When I though I my fear was gone, I looked down and it all came back. My arms and legs began to tremble as the counselor clipped me onto the zip line. The students below me began to count down from 5. The counselor told me the instructor for the zip line. I closed my eyes, preserved through my fear and jumped off the platform. I flew through the air like a kite caught in a hurricane. I smashed into the water. It had been one of the greatest experiences of my life and without perseverance I wouldn't have done it. A big reason I decided to jump off the platform my friends cheering me on below me. Without that encouragement, I would've kept believing I can't complete the Aqua Zip. There is a time when you know you have to power through your fear and complete your task. When I heard that encouragement from my peers below, I knew it was my time to persevere. Perseverance separates the gold from the silver medals. Even when you want to toss in the towel, power through, you'll be glad you did.
It was courage that allowed me to speak during our class discussion; it was friendship, that pushed me up through the high ropes course and it was perseverance that sent me down the Aqua Zip.