Rippleffect Blog: Week 2!
Welcome to Week 2 of the Cow Island blog!
We started off the week welcoming Friends Seminary School from New York City on island to start a full week of adventure activities. Students and their two teachers spent the week camping on island and exploring the surrounding waters in our sea kayaks. Many students mentioned how, growing up in New York City, this was some of the most time they had spent doing outdoor activities. Although they were given a rainy week, students learned and grew in the last few weeks before their school lets out for summer break.
Later that night, we hosted the winners of our Race Across Portland benefit, the staff of Lincoln Middle School, for a lobster bake! Fun was had by all, and we were so happy to celebrate with such an inspiring group of adults.
Throughout the week, we also had residential kayak training for our summer guides. They learned everything there is to know about kayaking around Cow Island and its surrounding islands, from water traffic safety precautions to how best to pack their kayaks. Staff enjoyed the week of learning, bonding, and being out in the beautiful Casco Bay.
Our first University of New England orientation groups came through this week. While some were out on mountain adventures, Cow Island saw two groups of amazing college-bound students. One group stayed on island all week, taking kayak day trips and enjoying all the team activities available on Cow. The other group made stops on Cow on a larger kayak expedition. Students appreciated the opportunity to bond before fall orientation, make friends, and explore Maine. Watching students throughout the week, it seems the relationships built on Cow will last well into the school year and beyond.
On Thursday, the island hosted two adult professional staff trainings. The staff of Gardiner Boys & Girls Club and Preble Street’s teen center were given a chance to reflect and work on teamwork skills outside of the office. The zip line and time spent outside were highlights of the day. Both groups brought great energy, and we so enjoyed working with them.
Summer activities will officially start this coming week. We cannot wait for sunny summer days to come!