Saturday, May 31, 2008

Zion's Camp 2008

Last weekend, after receiving my mission call to Antofagasta, Chile, my dad and I headed up to the Cox's ranch in the Jemez Mountains for an amazing campout -- Zion's Camp! The one thing that I wasn't prepared for was snow during the end of May. That usually doesn't happen here in New Mexico...

Luckily, since we were staying at the Cox's ranch, there were a few dry areas where we could meet. We had some awesome leadership training that weekend.

On Friday, the scouts broke into three groups for leadership training. I taught a class on Synergy/Trust/Problem Solving with Brother Robinson and Spencer Steel. Luckily, since we were teaching, we spent the whole day in a cabin with space heaters. That's the way to camp! In our training, we did things like the "Trust Circle," the "Emotional Bank Account," and the "Human Knot." Here are some pictures:

Have you ever been in a human knot blind folded? It's not as easy as it looks...

Have you ever seen so many guys wearing pink blindfolds, holding hands in a circle, and singing CumbayĆ”? Okay, maybe they weren't singing, but I still thought this was priceless.

Poor pink-blindfold-wearing Michael Castle being superstretched and strangled in his blue Spandex...

That night, we had a crazy get together with all the scouts doing embarrassing skits. I won't post any pictures or movies for fear that they will inevitably become blackmail, but I will say that the fireside afterwards was incredible! The next day, we had a service project, which included lots of manure shoveling, hay stacking, wood piling, etc.

After a morning's hard work, we gathered together for a group photo before we departed. What a great camp! Of course, my mom and dad have both been at girl's camp this entire week. They should get home sometime today. It seems like my dad never gets a chance to rest!


2 comments:

Mike said...

After attending both Zions camp and girls camp, I believe that the boys win for roughing it!

Jessica Dunlap said...

Ha ha, dad! This looks like a lot of fun. Too bad you couldn't go to girl's camp too, Sammy.