Out of the Woods and into the Water

“The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest. It is one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” — Lady Bird Johnson

Brigades were split into groups of 8. Baylee, Tori, Jacob, Annie, Riley, Kessia, Danny and Brianna made up one team accompanied by David and Katie, John, Lynsey, Patrick, Cara, Olivia, Megan, and Morgan made up the other accompanied by Diana. Each brigade included two field staff from Voyaguer Outward Bound.

It has been over a week since our 2018 Gap students launched their semester of adventure! We are certain you have all been anxiously awaiting this post and we are happy to confirm that all our students are THRIVING! This past week has been filled with challenge and balanced with the building of life-long friendships and deep personal reflection. We continue to be impressed with this groups dedication and willingness to lean in to the discomfort that leads to discovery. It has been a magical week to say the least!

A quick update: The two brigades emerged from the lush woods of the Superior Hiking Trail midday on Tuesday, September 4 after spending 6 nights traveling the Minnesota wilderness. The days consisted of, you guessed it, lots of hiking! Our daily flow varied but always involved time for our students to reflect on their new experiences using their new SNC Gap journals. This time has proven essential and we are convinced the students are already reaping the benefits. Additionally, each day included lessons on leadership and communication skills facilitaed by our fabulous partners at Voyaguer Outward Bound.

The groups have been practicing goal-setting, discussing their comfort zones using a donut metaphor (inner circle is your comfort zone, middle circle is your stretch zone or learning zone, and outer circle is your panic zone), enhancing their group dynamics through the practice of assertive communication tools they were taught and have had plenty of chances to see their strengths in action! It has truly been a week of learning and growing for each and every one of them.

In case you didn’t know, the Superior Hiking Trail is a 310-mile long footpath in northeastern Minnesota that follows the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior. Each brigade hiked roughly 25-30 miles with start points north and south of Tettegouche State Park. The groups hiked up or down to meet in the middle for this planned 2-day reunion which included group camping and climbing at Shovel Point before transitioning into canoe groups.

And they’re off again! The groups are heading out early tomorrow morning for the second portion of their Voyaguer Outward Bound experience with a journey through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This next adventure continues for 12 days with the groups returning to SNC on Wednesday, September 19.

We can’t wait for you to hear first-hand from the students how this experience has changed them. Until then, hold tight! We promise you photos and updates as soon as they return from the field.

Fittingly, we will end with the call and response our SNC Gap students have embraced this year:

“We got this!” —“We got eachother!”


7 thoughts on “Out of the Woods and into the Water

  1. Thank you for the update and pictures. Glad to see everyone is in GREAT spirits and still smiling. Continue one with you personal and spiritual growth and team building!

  2. You all TOTALLY got this!! And we back here at SNC got your backs—cheering you on and sending you loads of Green Knight love!!

  3. We are full heartily enjoying your blog, we are always anxious for the next one.
    Keep up the good work “Gappers”, you all look very happy.
    Jerry and Betty O’Neill

  4. This is AWESOME. A little to scary for me…Outer circle comfort zone. Keep hiking and learning.

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