Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Texas HIPPY Kick Off

Texas HIPPY Kick Off
Originally uploaded by hippyprogram
Camp Pine Tree was the location of our first Texas HIPPY Kick Off. The idea was for us to "get away from it all" and delve deeply into a few topics, build our teams and have fun! This event was a collection of "firsts". Here are some of them:

* first trip away from home without family / children
* first time to try archery / canoeing / rock wall climbing
* first time staying at a camp
* first off site training / conference
* first time staying overnight with people from work, sharing a dorm with them!

I know that this was a hardship for some of the team, just being away from family, much less sleeping in a bunkhouse with a bunch of colleagues! I saw a lot of support, smiles and flexibility--even in the face of hardship. It was a pleasure to spend a few days under the pine trees, talking about dreams of the future and scholarships, and getting to know each other better. I especially enjoyed the evening chat around the fire, making s'mores and sharing funny stories. We're already planning next year's event!

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