Hey guys! Welcome to my first blog! My name is Carneilus, and this is my first year being a part of the Youth Advisory Board.
I decided to join this team because I wanted to make a positive change in my community while also encouraging and educating others to do the same.
I have enjoyed every aspect of being on the YAB, and can’t wait to experience what more it will bring in the future. So, here is a little information about me and how my birthday trip went.
I am 16-years-young and I attend Jackson Academy in Jackson, Ms. I am a Outdoor, Cooking, and showchoir enthusiast. I am in the Cooking Club, Outdoor Club,
Obscure Sports club (yes, we play paintball!), and Encore at my school, where I get to express my love for cooking, outdoor activities, dancing, and most importantly- paintball.
Thursday, I had my first cooking club meeting as cooking club president, and it was a big success. This weekend I get to be apart of a D-Day re-enactment scenario game, so I am EXTREMELY
pumped for that!
Speaking of paintball, paintballing was one of the many awesome activities I got to do on the outdoor trip to the Ocoee retreat center, which was my birthday trip for my 16th birthday.
The trip was from August 25th to August 27th, so a weekend full of adventure and memory making. My coolest experience of 2017 went as follows:
Friday The 25th: This morning included last minute rush packing because I procrastinated, of course. After 30mins of procrastination packing, I was ready for the trip.
Now, all I had to do was sit through the school day. School felt like It was twice as long because I was so anxious to go on the trip.
I thought I wasn’t going to make it about half way through the school day, but I made it! So, school got out and I met the group I was riding with at 4:30pm.
We were now headed to Meridian, MS to attend JA’s football game against Lamar. Once we left the game, we headed to our hotel in Gadsden, Al, where we were spending the night.
Once I got to the hotel, I prepared for the adventurous day ahead and went to sleep.
Saturday The 26th: Today is the day! The day started out with a high adventure course, which included rock climbing and a rope swing. Next, was lunch then my
favorite, paintball!! This was probably my most favorite match ever. So, this was no ordinary paintball match. We played a game called Mr. President.
It started out with someone volunteering to be President; of course, I volunteered and became the President. Next, I had to choose 5 people who I thought were the best shooters
to be my secret service. Well, trick is, those people actually were the five assassins. I felt so ignorant for not knowing something was up. Everyone else ended up being
my secret service, and I was going against the 5 assassins a.k.a the best shooters. Well, that match was very interesting. I wasn’t allowed to have a gun, so everyone
protected me by forming a circle around me. I felt so cool because I felt like I was actually the President, and I was being protected by my secret service. I didn’t get
hit- so we won! Next was probably my favorite part of the trip. We had to do an adventure race that included muddy obstacle courses.
This included a blind-foldedrope-guided walk through knee high mud, a mud crawl, a raft war in the lake, and a water slide to clean off. It was a dirty but enjoyable experience.
I definitely becameone with nature. After that muddy experience, we headed back to the cabins towash off and get ready to watch the sunset on the top of a mountain.
This was the most chill part of the trip because he gave me time to connect with my inner self and also get to have deep conversations with my closet friends.
We got to sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the land and the sun, while also enjoying each others’ company. Lastly, we ended the night with campfire time and s’mores.
Sunday The 27th: Sadly, the last day of the trip had come, but we ended with a bang. We were rafting the Ocoee River!! This was my first time rafting. I was very nervous, but excited.
We met at the instructional area and learned everything we needed to know to not die while rafting. Next, we had a 30min ride through the mountains to the river.
That ride really gave me timeto clear my head and get the courage to raft. Once we got there, the rafting begun.
Our group had a rough startbecause we were all beginners, but luckily- we had a professional on board to helpus. He was awesome and really made it an enjoyable experience. Rafting was by
far the best fun I have ever had in the water. I managed to not fall overboard, so I considered rafting a success! After we got back to shore, we headed back home to Jackson, MS.
Overall, this was not only the best experience of 2017, but also the best time of my life. The weekend was full of new and exciting experiences and lifetime friendship
building. The outdoors are definitely special and are a vital part of life. I hope this inspired one of you guys to go try some outdoor activities. I promise you will not regret it.
Thanks for reading!
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