HNC Teen Retreat
August 8-10, 2010
Once again, teens arrived from the tri-state area of NC, SC and VA to get together for the HNC Teen Retreat on August 8-10th in Blowing Rock, NC. It was a great group of 41 teens and counselors along with our lead facilitator, Patrick "Big Dog" Torrey and Amanda Leigh Hardaway from the Leading Edge program.
The retreat took place at the Blowing Rock Conference Center along with a variety of trips to sites around the area. Throughout the retreat, we learned trust, leadership skills, turning a negative into a positive, and challenging our comfort zones. This was accomplished with some fun games, great discussions and really high rock wall and ropes course!
Everyone had a chance to scale the climbing tower in downtown Boone. After getting comfortable with the basics of climbing, the teens and counselors participated in team climbing using water balloons and some were even daring enough to climb blindfolded with instructions from their partners – now that's trust!
During the retreat we also kayaked down the New River. Despite some challenges with low water levels, everyone worked together and made their way down the beautifully scenic river.
Our adventure wasn't over yet though... we finished the retreat with a trip to the high ropes course at the center. People teamed up and ventured out to the three level course that looked like a huge pirate ship. It was obvious from those hanging from the top that some had a much more liberal comfort zone than others! Kudos to everyone who took a step to try something new and challenged themselves along with those who cheered them on.
Our many thanks to Big Dog for returning to NC and facilitating another excellent program! The Leading Edge program is a great opportunity to learn to take positive risks, build self-confidence, expand our capabilities and most of all, have fun while enjoying each others company. The Leading Edge program was made possible by a grant from Pfizer.
We would like to acknowledge all support from Joby Robinson, Ph.D., Coordinator with Palmetto Richland Advocacy Program at Palmetto Health Richland, SC, that she puts into organizing and coordinating the group from SC. It is always great to see people from all over the region getting together and having so many returning teens to the program. We are really looking forward to having some of our teens that are aging out of this group return to help as counselors.
Our program would not have been successful without the efforts of our counselors who volunteered their time to help out. Many thanks to our volunteers for their wonderful assistance throughout the retreat – Corbin, Bryce, Matt, Tatyana, Mike and Charlene, along with our great nursing support from Molly and Crystal.