From Tempe to Portland, unpacked and re-packed, GutMonkey is ready to head out to another conference. Tomorrow morning, we head out to Southern California to attend the Association of Challenge Course Technology Conference. Before we take off, let's talk about last week at the 2015 North American Camping Conference Hemophilia Organizations Conference!
GutMonkey kicked off the opening session for NACCHO this year. With a conference theme like "The 7 Summits," we thought it appropriate to transform an unsuspecting conference room into a montane basecamp, complete with snowy peaks, Himalayan prayer flags, and ample opportunity to attempt an act of bravery.
Big Dog invited conference attendees to stretch their comfort zones through a team relay which ran the gambit of challenges - everything from cactus kissing to mousetrap snapping.
As a culminating activity, "mountaineering teams" wrote their goals for camp on the iconic flag bunting in the form of mantras.
GutMonkey also facilitated a few breakout sessions. Pat, Joe and Kristine shared a robust checklist for programs interested in running adventure camp programs. Pat and Jacose ran a session about taking positive risks.
As always, it was really fantastic to connect with good friends, make new connections, and to be a part of this community. Thanks to everyone who braved NACCHO!