As you probably know from my last post, we took the youth group on our annual ski trip this past Saturday.  Overall, it was a great trip. We had several new students, and even more who had never skied before.  The weather was great, the snow was pretty good, and the view was amazing.  Unfortunately, I did not get to enjoy as much of it, due to spending a lot of time teaching students to ski. But that is ok for me.  In all honesty, it is really cool to see someone finally “get it” when they have been trying so hard.  In fact, it is almost just as cool as enjoying the slopes myself.

Although I may have had fun, it was quite chaotic when we got there.  Let me be the first to say that you cannot tell your group to stay together enough.  Even after telling them 4-5 times, I still had a handful of students who ran off to do their own thing, apart from the rest of the group.  Not to mention, it is extremely difficult to find someone at a ski resort.  This definitely made for a crazy start of the day.

In the end, it seemed everyone had a great time, though.  We only had one injury, but it was not hospital-worthy (contrary to last year’s trip).  Looking back, I’m sure some things could have been done better, but I am very grateful to the amazing volunteers I had to help make this trip another great bonding experience for the group.  The students are still talking about it, and I think they will until next year.  In my opinion, that’s the mark of a successful trip.

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