By Carrie Scheick, Teen Naturalist Leader
On a beautiful day earlier this spring, the Teen Naturalists headed to NorthBay Adventure in North East, Maryland to get their adventure on. I was excited to show them where I get to work during the week and had been looking forward to bringing the teens here since the year started. The teens spent the day challenging themselves on a number of different adventure elements such as a low and high ropes courses, rock climbing wall, zipline, and giant swing.
We kicked off the morning at the low ropes course. The teens enjoyed some team building activities and competing against each other to see who could walk the farthest on the Mohawk Walk.
The high ropes course – an obstacle course in the tree canopy – was next on our list. This adventure element can be particularly challenging as it confronts heights, balance, and trust all in one.
To be successful on the course, you must trust that your yellow tethers will hold you on the wires if you fall, as well as trust your body to balance and get yourself where you need to go. (By the way, those wires could hold a helicopter, so we had nothing to worry about!) Obstacles the teens faced on the high ropes course included walking across a suspended log, wires, unevenly spaced boards, bridges, and canoes.
The most challenging aspect of the high ropes course, in my opinion, was the Army Crawl. To complete this element, you must act like a sloth and climb upside down on a rope between platforms. (Did I mention you’re upside down?) Despite how difficult this challenge is, everyone made it across, even if there were a few mishaps along the way. Also, it’s quite the arm workout!
After lunch (and some rousing games of ping pong, pool, and foosball) we climbed the indoor rock climbing wall…
…and then headed to the highly anticipated zipline. It was tough getting pictures as they all whizzed by!
After we finished the zipline, we walked across the beach to our final element, the giant swing. After you’re safely geared up, the swing is slowly raised about 3 stories into the air and one of you must “karate chop” the blue cord to release you. Despite the fact you get a stellar look at the Chesapeake Bay, the swing is the most challenging element for me because of that “stomach-dropping” feeling.
(Note: I know these pictures don’t really do the zipline or giant swing justice, do they? Check out the Teen Naturalists facebook page to see some videos!) Everyone had a blast challenging themselves (and excelling!) on all the adventure elements they tried that day. We left NorthBay with nothing but smiles!
If you would like more information about NorthBay Adventure, please visit the website www.northbayadventure.com.
If you know someone who is 13 to 17 years old who likes to study nature, be outside exploring, and making friends that do the same thing, tell them about the Delaware Nature Society’s Teen Naturalist group. Find information here about registering or call us at (302) 239-2334.