Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Montcrest School visits Outward Bound Canada at Evergreen Brick Works

Eleanor Roosevelt said that you should do one thing every day that scares you. 

When we challenge ourselves and step out of our comfort zones, we grow as individuals. 

When is the last time your challenged yourself? When was the last time your put yourself out of your comfort zone? When is the last time you did something that brought that rush of excitement and exhilaration that only comes from trying something new? For an effervescent bunch of seventh and eighth graders from Montcrest School in Toronto, it was only a few days ago. 

We welcomed the group to the Outward Bound Canada urban base camp at the Evergreen Brick Works last Friday. 

The day began with some seemingly simple challenges that got us thinking about teamwork and our physical and mental limitations. 

The challenge: Get all members to pass through the spider's web without touching the string. No two people may pass through the same section of the web.

The challenge: Lift the tennis ball off the base and lower it onto another base a few feet away without letting it drop. More difficult than it looks!

The challenge: Hoist the life ring up over the white pole without touching either the ring or the pole. Also more difficult than it looks. 

After lunch and a quick re-charge, we upped the ante and took on some more thrilling physical challenges.  

We tried some rock climbing,

some bouldering,

and a crowd favourite: the blanket toss. 

All in all it was a great day. 

What do you do to get out of your comfort zone? We'd love to hear about it. Leave a comment below!