Thursday, October 24, 2013

March of Dimes at Outward Bound Canada's Urban Base Camp Week 3

We're back and it's so cold today that we can see our breath! (Okay not really but) we are SO bundled up today.

First things first...yesterday we learned more fun games. We played ''Museum'' where we tried to get up close to someone who has their eyes closed and became statues when they opened their eyes. We also played ''Move your body if..." During that game we learnt that almost all of us like hockey and ALL of us like ice cream. Then we ventured out with our GPS's in hand to find a geocache on the Don Valley Trail. It was almost like the ''Amazing Race'' but for the March of Dimes Program. We loved looking at the autumn colours and seeing a new part of the Don Valley. Unfortunately, the geocache "Bye bye birdie'' was no longer there. On the way back, we discovered we can never ever trust a GPS. We needed to use our brains too. Otherwise, we'd end up walking right into traffic. After lunch we found our first geocache called ''Crazy Fun Stuff".
March of Dimes finds the geocache "Crazy Fun Stuff"
We signed the logbook and looked at all the treasures inside the tin. After that, we continued on our journey to find several GPS locations all around Evergreen Brickworks. We played a game called ''Giants, Wizards & Elves'' before wrapping up for the day.

Today we started with ''Secret Detective'' and a great game of ''Freeze Tag''. We also modeled for photos as everyone needs a great picture, right?
the March of Dimes boys: Usman, Suhail and Allen
Princess, Jessie and Danielle
Shraddha and Usman

One of Jessie's SMART goals was to lead an activity and she led us in a Guys vs. Girls Bocce Marathon (in which the girls won of course!). Those guys tried to beat us, but oh no, we succeeded to win. Girl power! After lunch, we mastered the initiative "Count Off".  It took us a few tries but we finally got it. So we were able to have a lot of fun despite the cold weather. Next week we're going to climb the challenge tower and we might even dress-up for Halloween. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

March of Dimes at Outward Bound Canada's Urban Base Camp Week 2

Here we are again. It's week two. It's exciting! Plus, everyone is getting more familiar with the course and how well we work as a team.

Princess looking very "princess-like"

Yesterday after "Buccaw" we went on a journey up to the lookout.  It was a hard climb up to the top of the hill. The beautiful view made the trip worthwhile. Once we approached the top we stood in silence to soak up the view and the sounds, not to mention the sunshine. 

The trailrider in action

We took turns on the trailrider - which is a device that allows us to go on singletrack trails and makes us feel free because we are not confined to where our wheelchairs can take us. They also make us feel like princesses (pun intended- in this picture Princess is shown on the trailrider).

We started the day learning about predator-prey relationships while playing "Bear, Salmon, Mosquito". Twice, both teams decided to be the same animal which was confusing. Which way would we run?

As a team, we helped each other out during activities like the blindfold sensory experience and T-ball.
Blind Sensory Experience

During the T-ball game it was Outward Bound vs. March of Dimes. It was a very competitive game as we all wanted to win. Even though we were excited to yell, "You're out!", we cheered each other on while we played. We also built our teamwork skills by showing others how to play and by letting everyone have a chance. We've been working on S.M.A.R.T. (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely) goals and during our T-ball game, we accomplished some of our goals. Suhail and Usman led their first activity- they taught us all how to play T-ball. They were awesome at leading us in this game. They knew all the rules and they were clear in sharing them with the group. Usman was a bit strict but this made the game more fun for all of us. Jess' goal was to challenge herself to be as physically active as possible. During the game, Jess got out of her chair and ran the bases on her own feet!
Jess playing T-ball out of her wheelchair
Even now as we write this, Jess is having difficulty restraining an explosion of merriment. What an amazing way to spend a day! Playing games, being active, accomplishing our goals, creating friendships and having fun while we're at it.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

March of Dimes at Outward Bound Canada's Urban Base Camp. Week 1

We are off to a great start! 

We're an energetic group of lovely people who are currently in the March of Dimes L.I.F.E. Program at Outward Bound. We're learning independence.  Already we've played games ~for instance "What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?".

What time is it Mr Wolf?
We've also played ''Night at the Museum'', ''Hide the Knot'' and ''Tarp Drop''. We lead each other on a tour to explore the grounds, both the quarry and the brickworks building. We even took some time in the quarry to enjoy the sounds of the birds and the water. It's relaxing to be away from it all. It's fun to be here at Outward Bound. 

It's always an adventure because there is always surprises. 
The Maze of ZARGON!!!

This morning we all worked together accomplish the "Maze of ZARGON". 

It was challenging but we helped each other along the way and we ALL got through safely. 

We're looking forward to more adventures and continuing to work together. 

This is just the beginning...I wonder what adventures we'll have experienced in 10 weeks?!? Stay tuned and you'll find out!.