Last night was our Groundbreakers team lock-in! We were told lots of information regarding our upcoming trip and what it means to be a responsible, well-prepared Microcamper. Not only did guidance counselor Ms. Kinsella come in to talk to us a little bit about wellness, but our Middle School nurse Mrs. Maloney informed us of safety, hygiene, medication, and others via pre-recorded video.
During our 24 hour plus period of time in school, we got to know more about just what this trip would entail. We experienced what it would be like to gather information from helpful strangers (scavenging for information about a mysterious Chinese Revolution period food token), what it would be like to solve problems on our own (boys and girls sleeping areas, locked showers, locked doors, lateness, curfew), and what it be like sharing embarrassing medical issues with Mr. T (explosive diarrhea, a perpetual need to poo, eating horse manure, and the reattaching of toes—don't ask).
At dinner, Lauren, Orion, and I (not knowing the area) ate Burger King shamefully while Matthew Easton ate beef noodles. The struggle. Following that, we returned to SAS and made a 'Wellness Plan'. This involved setting curfews, making an exercise plan, setting goals on developing healthy relationships, and coping with sudden onsets of stress. This ended at 9:25 and while the resident 'gym buffs' worked out, us sensible females took showers. Sleep was well-earned and well-delivered, for I passed out like a log and didn't wake up 'til the morn, others were not so lucky. After a hearty local breakfast and a scramble for information, we returned once again and did Inquiry Project work and had a quick brief about what service learning would look like in Xizhou.
Thus ends our Lock-in Log, stay tuned for more adventure and more misadventures coming soon!