Note to readers: Times summer intern Torrie Greer is spending the week at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp at the University of Minnesota Crookston. This is her third installment detailing her experiences.
After a night of wonderful follies and an early bed time, we knew today was going to be a fantastic day four for RYLA. We started off the morning with the usual exercise routines and breakfast before we split into two groups; one group went to the low ropes course and my group, the second group, went to do an activity called BaFa BaFa.
BaFa BaFa was a culture activity; we were divided into two groups and put in separate rooms. My group was called the alphas, and we were given specific guidelines to what our culture entailed. For example, our culture was a matriarch society. We were extremely outgoing and welcomed each other by means of touching; we were very touchy feely. Whenever we would talk to other women of our society we would ask about their female relatives; guys would have to wait and be invited to our conversation. While guys were lesser than woman in our culture, the women were intensely protective of their men.
BaFa BaFa continued, and eventually we sent other people into the other room where the other culture was and had them observe. They would then, in turn, come back and report to us what they learned of the opposite culture.
It ended up being evident that the cultures were completely different. When we all came together at the end to debrief about our experiences, the lovely Lorna Hollowell spoke to us about diversity and how BaFa BaFa was abut experiencing different cultures and learning about how they effect our life and the world. It was really eye opening to here Lorna speak about diversity and how a general first reaction to meeting someone different than us is to be negative and closed to deeper understanding. While you don't have to like what someone does in their culture or what they believe, you need to respect them as an individual and treat them like a human being.
As we transitioned to lunch, Phillip Greer, president of the Crookston Rotary Club, came to us during lunch with the rotary club and walked us through a typical rotary meeting meeting while touching on the important aspects of leadership.
Tonight we are having a formal dining experiencing in the Bede Ballroom. We will also be having our variety show, followed by ending the night with my personal favorite time of the day, family time.
I love my family. Through all of the team bonding activities at camp, we've really gotten to know each other. RYLA is special because you come with knowing hardly anyone- you get a fresh start to be the best version of yourself you can be. That's an amazing opportunity, and I'm so fortunate to be a part of it.
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