Having four leaders on a wilderness trip is not something that I’ve experienced before, but I’d have to say, to anyone wondering, its a good time. I am a past camper here at Chewonki and I can easily say that this is the most fun I’ve had on a wilderness trip. The motivation that the leaders gave us with their smiles alone was incredible. I think we can easily say that we were the goofiest trip out there. From el barco de espanol to singing “royals” on the toilet we had a great time.
There was a perfect balance of fun and seriousness on the trip. A moment that I think was both funny and serious was when Sofia and I capsized in our canoe. The funny part comes from where it was that we tipped over. We were on some mild rips (white water) and were calmly making our way through when all of the sudden the weight of the boat shifted and we found ourselves in the water. The first thing I thought was my camera! I had been told that we were going to go through around 7 rapids that day so I packed the camera in to my dry bag just for extra safety. Now when I look back at that I realize that I should have been paying attention to my own safety. My partner and I assumed the nose and toes position after being yelled at and swam safely to shore. The leaders quickly drained our boat and got us back on the water as quickly as anyone could have. Seeing how they handled that situation made everyone on the trip, especially Sofia and I, feel like we were invincible. I guess that is why we later got ourselves stuck on a rock. It was definitely a tiring day but I think we learned a lot from it. The trip did a lot for everyone but I think we really gained a sense of trust in every other person paddling with us. All in all it was as good of a time as everyone was expecting and we all (including the leaders) learned a lot about Canoeing and each other.
-Lucas M. Brooklyn Friends School, New York, NY