Greetings to all. I am Matthew Antonetti. Iím 14 and I live in the Bronx. This website was made by the people who went on an expedition with Outward Bound. Outward Bound was originally a school for navy students that taught them how to navigate and survive at sea if they were ever lost or abandoned. Over time it was made into and organization that took kids out into the wild and taught them basic survival skills.
" The Best of times the worst of times".
This expedition was a gift to us. It was a grueling course that showed one's weakness and one's strength. Many people didnít finish the course and it is completely understandable because it was not easy. I stuck through the course. ď It builds characterÖĒ. Thatís what my mom says.
It is an excellent course to go on. When you do all of these things and come back to the city, youíre more appreciative. Toilets, Showers, Sinks. In nature you donít have these and I just loved home more and appreciated the things I had. Itís life changing.
I went on this course knowing what to do and how to do it. It was a breeze for me. My team name was the Immigrants. We chose this name because we had a number of people in our group who had no experience camping, hiking, canoeing, or anything else like that. We were Immigrants to Nature.
" The next challenge ".
My nick-name Robo-Front is an interesting name, donít you think? I bet you wonder how it was acquired. Well, one day on a hiking trip, we had to hike 6 miles uphill. If you were out there, you knew that it was no easy task but I just played it off like it was no big deal. ď Ahhh thatís nothiní ď is what I said and just did it even though I was tired and everything. "Robo" means like or of a machine and "front" means fake, counterfeit or not what it appears to be. I "fronted" like I was a Robot. Therefore I was named Robo-Front.
A role of leadership was asked to be taken by me. Being a leader is an easy thing for me. Some people say that it comes naturally to me. There are times that being a leader is hard, though. For example, if youíre the leader of a group who is supposed to run things efficiently and you don't, you get in trouble. On this trip, there came a time when we needed to be efficient because it was night time and it was freezing. We needed to set up the tents, make dinner and go to sleep but we werenít too good with that and I got in trouble.
The hardest thing to do during this whole trip was the hiking. The packs werenít light and hiking uphill is never easy. The hiking was at the end of our trip so the instructors thought that we were capable of handling everything by ourselves including the navigation. This decision that the counselors made was harder on us because all the work was done by us. Plus, our team was reduced to 3 kids. Hiking was no easy task for our team.
Rock Climbing Efficiency resulted from teamwork. On the trip, some people were not as cooperative as they should have been and nothing got done. It wasnít an enjoyable experience. This happened on a few unpleasant occasions. Once we learned to work together, time went by faster and we had fun.
The best part about this trip was when we got back to base camp after the hiking. They let us take a shower and get cleaned up and we had a cook out. We had meat for the first time in about 2 weeks. It was delightful. We also played football and danced. It felt so good because I knew that the next day I would be going home.
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