Last week we played a fun game; the Staff presented six crazy news stories. Two of the stories were made up and the other four were true. Participants were challenged to guess which were the stories were made up.
1. A former college student refused to leave her dorm after graduation.
2. Pluto is reclassified as a planet.
3. Folks compete to see how long they can go without finding out who won the Super Bowl (some manage to go weeks).
4. A woman pretends to be blind for 28 years, fooling everyone around her!
5. A high school in VT has only 3 students.
6. A man tries to get his dog on the ballot to be Governor of Kansas.
2. Is false: per a 2006 redefinition, Pluto is a dwarf planet, not the ninth planet of the solar system as many of us adults were taught in school.
4. Is also false: this was an internet hoax.
1,3,5, and 6, are crazy but true!
Thanks for playing everyone!
Today we took a hike to Moody Mountain to practice our camping skills. We did some hiking, learned about fire building and practiced camp cooking.
Our group setting out!
Today felt like spring time! What a day to be out with the KYC!
There is a cabin near the summit of Moody Mountain. This has proven to be a fun destination for many KYC trips.
Zachary did a fire-building demo and tested the group on camp fire vocabulary. Three things that start and fuel a fire: tinder, kindling, and fuel. Three things a fire needs to sustain: fuel, heat, oxygen. Three main types of campfires: tepee-provides light, log cabin-great for cooking, lean-to-great for warmth.
Under supervision, the participants practiced their skills by lighting the wood stove.
We cooked our lunch over the fire in tin foil.
Roasted carrots, potatoes, and kielbasa. Roasted apples for desert.
Great day out with the KYC. We hope everyone enjoys the rest of their vacation! We’re back next week for our after school program and BTAS! on Wednesday night.
Yesterday we continued our series called, ‘Perspectives on Prevention.’ Each week we will hear from a guest speaker who will provide their unique perspective on substance misuse prevention. Last week we got a law enforcement perspective from retired Police Chief Sansenbacher. Yesterday we heard from a local mother who has adult children who are in long-term recovery.
Our guest shared with us about her four children who suffer from addiction. She spoke about the how hard it is to watch her children struggle and suffer. Like any parent, she wants her children to have the best life possible. However, her children’s lives have been beyond difficult because of their personal struggles with addiction.
Our guest remained us that all of her children’s struggles started with one bad choice. No one wants to be addicted, but what starts with just one joint, one pill, or any choice to misuse substances can quickly escalate to become a terrible struggle. Our guest and Eric reminded us that we all have dreams and that substance misuse will only stand in the way of those dreams.
Sharing her personal story was a challenging and selfless task for our guest. It is invaluable that yesterday, thirty-one high school and middle school students heard her story. Our students asked thought provoking questions and are now that much better equip to make good choices.
Thank you so much to our guest speaker and to White Horse Addiction Center for empowering our local teens to remain substance free.
Last week, we launched a series called, Perspectives on Prevention. This substance misuse prevention program draws upon important people and their unique, ‘perspectives on prevention.’ Through the series we will hear from a retired police chief, the loved one of a person in long-term recovery, a person in long-term recovery, and an MLDAC.
Zachary introduced the series, discussing the importance of a community effort when it comes to preventing substance misuse. He touched upon the role of high school and middle schoolers in these efforts.
Our first perspective was from retired Police Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher. Sanzenbacher served in many roles during a long and productive career in law enforcement. Having moved to New England, Sanzenbacher has many roles including that of a director-at-large on the KYC’s Board of Directors. His wife, Estelle is one of our program volunteers.
Chief Sanzenbacher spoke about law enforcement’s evolving role through his 40 year career in law enforcement. He told us about a time when law enforcement’s main role was to arrest individuals who were involved with illegal drugs. While this role is still essential, he spoke about proactive approaches aimed at long-term community betterment.
He used three legs of a stool as a metaphor: the first leg is substance misuse prevention; the second is treatment; the third leg came in the form of drug courts, which could find more proactive solutions when people were convicted of drug related crimes.
Sanzenbacher spoke about the impact that a family member’s substance misuse can have on a family. He reminded us that some people have a genetic predisposition to addiction. The best way to avoid addiction is to never start misusing in the first place.
Sanzenbacher spoke about the importance of saying no, and the conundrum, ‘how do I say no, but still stay cool:’ There are certainly ways to do this; one can say they tried it and it just made them sick. He noted that under the best circumstances, the behavior of those who are under the influence is laughable and embarrassing.
Sanzenbacher identified substance misuse prevention as one of the biggest challenges of his career. He noted the long way we have come in addressing these problems, as well as the great need. His best advise: don’t start!
Thank you Kevin Sanzenbacher! We are fortunate to have a community that is rich with resources and individuals and agencies that are devoted to substance misuse prevention. By working together, we can make a difference. On Wednesday, we will get further perspective, hearing from a the loved one of a person in long-term recovery.
Last week we offered ‘Leadership with Darrin!” Our neighbor Darrin visited to share his expertise on leadership. Thanks Darrin!
“Leadership is all about influence!”
“Failure doesn’t make you ‘a failure.'”
“Who you are is more important than what you accomplish!”
Last Friday in a BTAS! (beyond the afterschool) program we went ice skating! What a fun night!
We had a great turn-out for this fun program!
Thanks to the generosity of Pop Whalen, we had the ice to ourselves! Thank you Pop Whalen!
Some KYCers were on skates for the first time, others had lots of experience on the ice. Everyone did great!
When we fell, we picked ourselves back up!
As with all of our BTAS! programs, this was a great way to spend out of school time with friends!
Big thank you to our volunteer, Shelly for joining us and helping to make this event possible. Another huge thank you to Pop Whalen!
This photo is the KYC ice skating back in 2014. Tomorrow we go skating again!
Yesterday we posed brain-teasers to our group. Members did a great job solving them! Number 10 proved to be the stumper! Check them out below and then scroll past the photos for the answers!
1 What can be seen once in a minute twice in a moment and never in a thousand years?
2. I’m not alive but I have 5 fingers. What am I?
3. I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?
4. Which word is written incorrectly in the dictionary?
5. A house has 4 walls. All of the walls are facing south, and a bear is circling the house. What color is the bear?
6. You are stuck in a small room for 24 hours. Who would you rather be stuck with a pack of hungry wolves, a flesh eating air borne virus, or two alligators who have not eaten in a year.
7. You walk into a room with a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. Which do you light first?
8. A cowboy rides into town on Friday, stays for three days, then leaves on Friday. How did he do it?
9. How many months have 28 days?
10. A train leaves from Halifax, Nova Scotia heading towards Vancouver, British Columbia at 120 km/h. Three hours later, a train leaves Vancouver heading towards Halifax at 180 km/h. Assume there’s exactly 6000 kilometers between Vancouver and Halifax. When they meet, which train is closer to Halifax?
11. If there are 3 apples and you take away 2, how many do you have?
12. Two mothers and two daughters went out to eat, everyone ate one burger, yet only three burgers were eaten in all. How is this possible?
13. You walk across a bridge and you see a boat full of people yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?
14. I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I?
15. What word looks the same backwards and upside down?
16. A boy fell off a 30 meter ladder but did not get hurt. Why not?
17. What invention lets you look right through a wall?
18. What 5-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
19. I have a large money box, 48 centimeters square and 42 centimeters tall. Roughly how many coins can I place in my empty money box?
20. What belongs to you but other people use it more than you?
21. What do the numbers 11, 69, and 88 all have in common?
Answers below. Don’t peak until you’ve given some thought to each teaser!
Okay, lets see how you did. The answers:
1 The letter ‘m.’
2 A glove.
3 A candle.
5 The bear is white, as it is a polar bear. If all four walls are facing south, the house is on the north pole.
6 The alligators, as they are dead due to having not eaten in a year!
7 The match.
8 The horse’s name is ‘Friday.’
9 All 12 months have 28 days.
10 (This was the stumper at the KYC, let’s see if you got it) The trains are both equal distance from Halifax when they meet!
11 If ‘you take two,’ you have two.
12 It’s a mother, a daughter, and a grandmother.
13 Everyone on board is married.
14 seven(take away the ‘s’ and you have ‘even’)
16 The boy fell of the bottom step.
17 A window.
19 Only one, as then it is no longer an empty box.
20 Your name.
21 They are the same when written either backwards of upside-down.