Challenges. We all face them every day. It’s how we adapt to these challenges that creates the person we are and will become. Today’s service camp theme – Adaptability – asked our kids to reflect on their own challenges, and to be aware and understanding of the challenges of others.
Our morning began with Lives Without Limits, an organization that helps individuals with physical disabilities become more independent through outdoor recreation, and provides resources and tools such as wheelchair ramps, accessible vans, and more. Part of their mission is to create partnerships between participants with disabilities and those without to help foster a community of compassion and empathy. Our volunteers took on that mission by participating in experience stations mimicking a cognitive or physical challenge. Although the challenges looked simple, we learned by doing that they were much more difficult than they appeared. Most volunteers succeeded, some did not, but they gave it their all. And that is what we hope for each and every day!
After a lunch of Chick-fil A, generously provided by our partners at Southern Regional Technical College, we traveled to our next destination Hands & Hearts For Horses. Hands and Hearts provides therapeutic riding to special needs individuals. There, we learned about what it’s like to step into someone else’s shoes, literally, by wearing 2 different shoes during our volunteer time; completed trust activities; and helped clean the sensory trail and paddock areas. A highlight was meeting some of the therapy horses, but the biggest satisfaction came when we all got to put our own shoes back on at the end of the day.