All Fun, No Work….
Okay, so there is some work to be done too… The Habitat Maine trip checked in and reported everything is “mad” good. They have been busy helping to prep the lot they are working on, as well as doing carpentry work in the basement. (The carpentry seems to be more of a hit then doing yard work!)
The group met the family they are building the house for and graciously provided pizzas for them. The crew defiantly doesn’t have a lack of appetite!
There has been plenty of time for climbing in Maine. Most of the participants have never climbed before, and from personal experience, Maine is the perfect place to learn! The first stop was a spot in Acadia National Park called Otter Cliffs. The cliffs tower up 40-50 feet from the ocean, so everyone is rappelled (lowered) down to the beach before making the accent back up. The guides set up different routes of all abilities so everyone had a chance to stretch their comfort zone.
Skip as been playing his guitar a ton and keeping the group in good spirits. Jean is picking up a lot of “American” English and enjoying his new mates. Xavier, Ian, Steven, and Danny have been spending lots of time in the basement building walls. Robert always has big smile on his face and keeping everyone in a good mood! Jackson and Erik were great at climbing and have been helping out in the yard.
It’s encrediably amazing that a group of young adults are spending there summer helping out a family in need. Way to go everyone!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.
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