On the weekend of August 26th and 27th Humanics had its fall semester retreat at Camp El-O-Win in Shaver Lake.  Being honest I had mixed emotions about having to go camping, but the bonding experience that I shared with fellow Humanics Scholars was worth it.

I rode with Lexi and Claudie up to Shaver Lake, thanks Lexi for the ride. Riding back and forth up to Shaver Lake was a bonding experience in itself. The ride was around an hour and 30 minutes. With the semester just starting we spoke about our classes, studying together (we all have all 3 Humanics courses this fall), and career aspirations.

When we arrived to Camp El-O-Win we met the camp staff (who are extremely nice) and introduced ourselves to new Humanics Scholars, we also caught up with the Scholars we already knew. It was cool meeting the new people. Personally, I was new to the Humanics program last semester.

Throughout the 24 hours at Camp El-O-Win we did primarily team bonding activities. Sarah Ottley the Executive Director of Adventure Risk Challenge (ARK) started off of group bonding at the retreat with our group having to flip a tarp over without getting off of the tarp. Our group succeeded and then she asked each individual what part did you play in the accomplishing the task. This led to our group doing an activity that is similar to the DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance) personality test. I have taken the DISC test before and in this activity had the same results (D= Drivers/Dominance). The purpose of this activity was the show that a successful group should have at least one person from each personality type.

We also practiced conflict negotiation styles. This was useful because in most groups there are usually some form of conflict. I personally liked this exercise because I am taking management 182 conflict negotiation this semester. I really enjoyed the fall 2017 Humanics Retreat. I made new friends and bonded with other Scholars. I know that I wouldn’t have been able to bond on the level I did with my classmates if I didn’t go to the retreat.