The week before spring break we finished up our classes and participated in WFA (Wilderness First Aid) for two days and OC (Outdoor Classroom) for two days. WFA was a lot of fun. We learned tons in a very short amount of time. The best part was when we did the medical simulations. Eric (our WFA teacher) would give us a story line for our particular character and would put fake blood and bruises on us. One character walked around with a knife and bloody hand, two characters fought loudly with one another, and there was character who portrayed a pregnant valley girl. If we weren’t acting as characters, we had to discover what was wrong with these ‘patients.’
OC was also a lot of fun. We were all split into groups of 10 or 11 and did a variety of things. For part of the day we did the barn climb and our instructors challenged us with different climbs. One of the climbs was like a giant spider web and another is a beam that is near the ceiling, but the longest / highest was the moonwalk. It consists of monkey bars, sliding across a rope, and walking across a ladder. In my group, 4 of us did it. It was tiring and scary but a lot of fun.
We got to sleep out on the points for one night, too. We camped right near the water; it was beautiful! At one point during our stay it started to snow huge flakes while still very sunny. What weird weather! My whole group went and watched the sunset in the snow.
It was such a great week, with many different things going on. Then it was time for spring break! Chewonki felt very empty but in just a week everyone was back on campus again!