by Alise Patraw
Today was the third day of Leadership Camp, and I woke up at 6 AM to my camp buddy, Chen, who yelled “time to get in the shower!” (and I was sleeping so peacefully!)
When we got to camp Kyle, we learned about team building and ethics. I enjoyed the team building activity because we were told to build a balloon tower with fifty balloons and a roll of tape and see who could build it the highest. My team ended to being the winning group. It was enjoyable because it’s always refreshing being reminded about how important team building and working together is. It’s better brainstorming many ideas rather then your own. Learning about ethics really made me think about my own. It makes me more aware of the situations I make and after reflecting about the examples it made me think if I really am making the right decision.
Another one of my favorite things we learned today was when we picked and tied sage. I enjoyed it because we are doing something that the Lakota here really value. I have always loved learning about different things and this was definitely one of my favorites. I learned that you light the sage when you feel you need cleansing of your mind. While tying sage, I also learned that when tying sage you should tie either 4 or 7 in a bundle. This activity really spoke to me.
My favorite part of the day was horseback riding. It was fun because I haven’t ridden a horse in years and it felt good to be back on a horse after so long. (And interesting, after Chen finally got over her fear of dogs and horses, she would not stop petting dogs and riding on the horse!)
I really enjoyed horseback riding because we got to meet new Lakota friends and see how important their horses are to them. It was relaxing that I ended the day sitting on a horse looking at the town of Kyle and watching the sunset.