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Youth Forum Meeting - July 2011

So the ‘Youth Forum’ took a day trip to Carsington Water for a team building day in order for us to get to know each other better outside of meetings, and allowing us to bond as a team whilst having fun.

The morning consisted of numerous team building exercises and activities, either in two teams (to add a little competition!) or as a whole group.

To break the ice we started with some communication exercises, where we had to rearrange ourselves in height and then birthday order without talking. We then moved onto a few trust games, with team members being blindfolded whilst having to complete tasks. One of my favorite activities was definitely the competition to build the tallest free standing marshmallow tower using only marshmallows and cocktail sticks! Sadly we had no opportunity to perfect our human pyramid skills.

 Competition was mounting between the two groups as we began raft building in the afternoon. With 5 girls and 3 boys, it worked out as almost girls vs. boys – with the girls definitely winning! Building the rafts was challenging as none of us knew many of the different types of knots. However on the plus side, if anyone fell in, we knew we could all swim to safety. So once the rafts were constructed and we were all kitted out; wetsuits, lifejackets and helmets (attractive bunch), the challenge was to row to the island and back. Once in the water it was clear the boys raft was not built as securely as the girls but despite there being a few worrying moments both rafts survived the journey and no-one fell in.

We thoroughly enjoyed the teambuilding day out and felt we had definitely bonded as a team. We have also developed new skills and picked up team building ideas that I’m sure we will put to good use in the not too distant future.   

I would like to remind you all that the Youth Forum will be attending this year’s annual ASA Swimming Conference in Nottingham, and we would welcome volunteers from across the country to come and meet us. The Youth Forum will be running two workshops throughout the day, and planning for them both is well underway!

If you are interested in attending the above, or alternatively you have something that you would like the Youth Forum to put on our next meeting agenda to discuss then please email us as asa.youth.forum@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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