They were mostly inexperienced campers, qraising their handsq to take a big risk, exchanging their comfortable lives for a difficult week of mountaineering. Over 135 college students and alumni tell stories and share memories of teamwork and testing, disappointment and triumph. They pushed their limits, believed in themselves, and took time for personal reflection. Sometimes pain -- sore muscles, altitude sickness, and frozen toes -- seemed insurmountable. Yet in memory, overcoming physical challenges remains a source of great satisfaction. Persisting when they most want to quit teaches young people to think big. Exhaustion and discomfort can be dispelled by camaraderie and humility. In their futures, finding solutions to tough problems will require truly exceptional leadership. Whether they are called to lead, asked to lead, or forced to lead, all who dared those summits will be better prepared to meet any challenge they will face.I was always impressed by the number of students who had never gone camping or even slept out in the backyard as kids. ... of participants who have extended their outdoor skills through attending Outward Board programs and those of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). ... On the following pages are a series of personal reflections and comments from a host of alumni wilderness campers!
|Title||:||Pushing Boundaries: Students Remember 30 Years of Wilderness Challenge|
|Author||:||Jerry Barker, Ed.D.|
|Publisher||:||Lulu.com - 2014-08-21|