Our 3rd annual Wildernizzle gave us a chance to reconnect with each other and hit the "reset" button on our daily lives. The goal for the weekend is to create a safe space in nature that helps us be our most-authentic selves, teaches us how to fully embrace our Childlike Wonder, and welcomes new Eayikes youth into our family. Each year we discover new ways to express our love for each other and celebrate each other's unique contributions, building up our collective confidence as we seek to positively impact our local communities.
Tribes is where the Eayikes community learns how to support each other through the sharing of life stories and embracing their Chilidlike Wonder. This year all Eayikes participated in tribe skits, scavenger hunts and camp fire stories, where we got the chance to step out of their comfort zones, while learning about their peer's unique paths to Wildernizzle.
Wildernizzle is all about rediscovering the meaning of community! Each Wildernizzle the Eayikes community rely on all Eayikes to contribute to each other's Wildernizzle experience by learning how to serve each other and pay forward the love and respect that comes with being an Eayike. Campers and staffers come together to maintain the Eayikes culture by helping each other in meal preparation and camp setup/clean up.
We believe it's critical to learn how to, and have the confidence to, express ourselves. This year, Spirit Master Omabu led the Eayikes clan in a Spirit Stick activity, where each Eayike made a spirit stick that represented their creativity and individuality. Each Eayike later shared the story of their spirit stick during tribe discussion time.
Icebreakers! You've heard of them, maybe you've tried some, but if you haven't been to an Eayikes event yet you need to see how we do them. Comfort zones have no boundaries when it comes to Eayikes Camp Games. These allow our camp family to shed fears of judgement and "do you boo boo". If you've never played Ship to Shore before, we hope one day you'll join us at Wildernizle just to experience that alone!
Teamwork makes the dream work! OlympEayikes is a competitive activity where Eayikes learn the valuable lessons of team-building and sportsmanship. This can at times bring out the best and worst in all Eayikes, but we feel both ends of the spectrum are valid and seek those teachable moments. Everybody is a winner at OlympEayikes!