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Breaking the Ice at Big Creek Cabin

  • February 18, 2016
  • Posted by Megan Marolf

Our season as Crew Leaders in the Greater Yellowstone area started with an icebreaker, as all AmeriCorps programs do. Rock, paper, scissors shoot, and the winner got to ask their opponent a personal question. This was just the beginning of getting familiar with each other over the course of our week long orientation that started in Bozeman, our home base for the next year, and mostly took place at a cabin nestled in Big Creek in the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

The cabin offered us 14 crew leaders and our three bosses a cozy space to disconnect from the distractions of technology, connect to each other and romp around in the outdoors, as we all enjoy. There were lessons in how to be upstanding crew leaders, leave no trace principles and how to use a compass, among others. We shared our life stories that were sometimes met with tears, but also a lot of laughter. Much of the time involved running around outside and using our surroundings as a way to learn about our new positions as crew leaders. The cabin retreat solidified my reasons for joining MCC, and I’m sure everyone else’s, with the organization’s ability to combine work ethic and leadership skills with silliness, personal growth, and of course group bonding. 

And within the first few days we had already shared poop stories, so that’s probably a good sign of the season to come.


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