Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Middle School Retreat - Day 3!

Our last day together was bitter sweet! We were excited for all the activities we had planned but everyone was sad that it was the end of our time together!

We started bright and early outside our hotel for game to literally WAKE US UP!

Meet Captain Carl, (Also known as Michael, the awesome middle school teacher from Swan's Island).
He lead us in a rousing round of "Captain Carl" also known as "Simon Says on Steroids!" Sounds like fun, huh?!?

You have to salute anytime you hear "Captain Carl!" 

"Walking the plank!"

After game time was over the kids were given the opportunity to write letters to themselves that Rob would mail to them next school year! This is a pretty awesome idea since some of these kids may be in high school next year!

Lots of big transitions for these boys, so it was cool that they got some time to get their thoughts on paper!

More letter writing.

Rob had also brought some special stones that the kids could make necklaces with to keep as a souvenir from the weekend. Such thoughtful activities.

Working on a puzzle that had to do with team work!

Rob had a special little ceremony to honor all the 8th grade students who were heading off to high school next year.

He gave each of the students a special rock that he had found on their home islands.

Very sweet and thoughtful.

These wonderful eighth graders are going to be sorely missed, but we have no doubt they are going to be SUPER successful in high school!

After our closing activities we had to say goodbye to the Swan's Island kids and teachers who had to catch a boat and some of the Matinicus gang... the rest of us stuck around for an activity I had been DYING to do...


We headed to Belfast to the ONLY curling club in the state of Maine! Think shuffle board meets bowling on ice! So much fun!!!

We were provided with some AWESOME curling instructors who taught us the basics of the game.

We were broken up into teams and got  a chance to play a few rounds!

Travis looks like a curling natural!

Good form Austin!

Olivia taking a turn as the team "skip" who helps the person sending the weight know where to "curl" it!

Austin and Quinn were the "sweepers!" I think Quinn wished that all "sweeping" was this much fun!

More sweeping action!

Wow! Wipeout!

Joe was an EXCELLENT sweeping partner!

Travis as the "skip!"

Anne and Rob working together!

Joe was our secret weapon!

Go Quinny go!

Love these faces!

Awwww, time to say goodbye and THANK YOU to our beloved Rob, for making all of this fun possible!


What a great time with such great people!
 Thank you for everyone who made this such a fun and special retreat! We are so grateful!

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