Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What do you do at your camp???

We work as a team to prevent poisonous spills...We go swimming...
We sweat....
We dig for dinosaur bones....
We do 4 man push-ups...

We build houses...

We do hard core workouts with some of the most famous coaches...

We have belly flop contests....

I don't think that is like every other camp....
Just wait to see what we will do tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Explore Austin Finishes up!

Last Thursday was the last day for Explore Austin. This week they are ready for their new challenge of hiking in Colorado and I think they are ready! Good luck! It was such a pleasure working with these guys!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Explore Austin Week #3

"Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there is

a series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the

obstacles. Your decision to be, have, and do something out of

the ordinary entails facing difficulties and challenges that are

out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is

simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else."

One of these guys told me this week....
"It's not the getting up at 5 a.m. that is hard to do, it is the deciding to do it, that is the hard part..."
They have been going strong at 6 am for 3 weeks now and I can not tell you how fun it is be a part of this excitement!!! The explorers and the mentors are all very motivating, encouraging, and inspiring! Wait a minute, I thought I was coming here to be the motivator, but the positive energy is contagious in this group! This Thursday is our last workout before they take their big trip to backpack in Colorado! Our focus has been personal strength and endurance but even more it has been teamwork and encouragement! These guys are ready to conquer any mountain together! They have even inspired their family members to come out! This has been a voluntary workout for these guys and some of them have not missed a day! Those that were sitting on the sidelines the first day are finishing the entire workout and pushing others to finish now!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~David Thomas

A gigantic thanks to Ethan Kim, Lisa O'Dea, Crystal McReynolds, and Jeremy Thiel for all of your time volunteering with the camps!! They have been such a great success so far, the kids and I think you guys are awesome!

Also, we just love the Rowing Dock, Barton Springs Bike Rentals (and their fun guides), as well as the great staff at Deep Eddy and Austin Science and Nature Center!

All of you together make these camps AmaZiNG!!

Thanks for all of your time and energy!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Slideshow from the second kids camp

4 man pushups and JT in the house!!!

Jeremey Thiel came into to give us our leadership talk for the last day! Thanks JT!! We talked about our choices and the power that we have to control our attitude...what a great lesson for adults and these guys. I learned some new things!

Have you ever seen a 4 man pushup? It did not look easy!

Biking, sweating, and teamwork...oh and don't forget about a lil Stevie!!!

Second Week of Fun!!!

Our service project was helping to trim the bushes and pick up branches at Barton Springs, but it was more exciting because they were filming and they were escorting us around everywhere.Individually we are just one drop, but together we are like an ocean...great teamwork and service!