Thursday, May 28, 2009

Puddle Pirates!

Puddle Pirates taking the H.M.S Teacup to sea.

The puddle pirates encounter enemy vessels and give pursuit!

The enemy turns out be three cute ducks.

The ducks open fire on the salty crew of the Teacup.

Victory! Two crew members recovered a duck egg
for the incubator. (The eggs have been left by mama
duck around the pond and we are trying to help save them).

Cute, huh?

The puddle pirates return to port.

Of course once they got into port they had to figure
how to get back to shore without tipping...
At lunch today, some of the guys took advantage of the beautiful weather and went for a little boat ride. It took a little while to figure out the finer points of handling the canoe, but it was a lot of fun.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Softball Tournament

These are some pictures of an on campus tournemant/scrimmage we had with a team over the weekend. They are from Pleasant Grove, Utah. Their name is Castlewood, and they are a competitive team with 15 years experience. We did pretty well against them, winning both games we played. All the students had a pretty good time. Some of the students who were umpiring had some struggles feeling confident, but overall they did a great job considering this was their first time. Sportsmanship is important and everyone here had it.

We are headed to Pleasant Grove, Utah, this weekend to play in a four team tournament sponsored by Castlewood. Wish us luck. I will work on getting some pictures from this weekends tournament.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Llama Group

'Chieftan' and 'Frito' getting a bite to eat.
Enjoying a little serenity.

Mending a fence for the Llama enclosure.

Happy to be outside and helping!

Just hanging out by the fence post.

This section is completed!

Hard at work or hardly working? :)

The llamas frequently came by to check out what
we were doing to their beloved fence.

Students watch and learn as staff teach them
the proper handling of the Llamas.

'Paco' comes by to get his neck scratched by
the students.
Kevin (one of our great staff) and I have been running the llama goup for three weeks now (Renae and Barbie are appreciated as well!). Many of the students first approached the llama's with a mixture of fear and excitement. These feelings have quickly dissolved as the students have worked inside the llama enclosure making necessary repairs. As the students become more comfortable and are able to have a more calm and 'centered' way of being, we will move to more hands on activities such as grooming and leading the llamas. Stay tuned for updates!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bocce Ball

Brent and the group discussing the finer points of
Bocce Ball when played with a therapeutic twist.

Watching a throw. You can tell how intense this got,
look how serious we are!

In this game of Bocce, your partner has to guide
your throw... because your eyes are closed. We
learned a lot about communictaion.
A well executed toss!

Lining up for the perfect throw.

Today Brent and I took some of our students out for a game of Bocce Ball. The game focused on working as a team and communication. The more mistakes that were made, the more restrictions we had to work with on throws. For instance, if your throw went into the 'rough', your next throw would have to be backwards or with your eyes closed (we came up with all kinds of fun ways to throw the Bocce). As students started to shut down (not fully participating because it got hard) we pointed out how they were reacting to the adversity that was being placed in their way and we discussed new skills and reactions that would be more beneficial. The students came back with a fresh attitude and started to have a lot more success! It was a nice way to spend a few hours this morning.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cedar Ridge Academy Trails Trip 2008

These picture are from last year but there were many students who said "you gotta show these!" Chad and Nadine were the staff for this trip and had a lot of fun.


More envirothon fun

Students finding 'the kid' inside.

Envirothon 2009

This year Cedar Ridge made quite a showing at the Utah Envirothon. Competing against 20 other teams throughout the state of Utah, students were able to learn and teach about current issues related to the environment. Our students brought home the first place award for the oral presentation segment of the Envirothon. Most importantly, they were able to enjoy the other students and working together as a team. Highlights for the students included hanging out in Zion with Chad and Pam, playing around the house in St. George and visitng many of the fine eateries of Southern Utah.