Footloose Ninjas, & The End of the Beginning

Trip Start Feb 07, 2012
Trip End Nov 15, 2012

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hello hello!
It's been an exciting/busy week at Perry Point! But first...
Last week we spent the longest days finishing up training, sometimes 10-12 hr days. We spent time learning our team roles within the team (again, I get to do some recruiting as a Corps Ambassador Program (CAP) representative) and learned about the awards (Congressional and Presidential) that we can earn for our service hours + extra hours in the Corps. The Congressional is only for 23 year olds and below, so I'm aiming for the Presidential, which calls for an additional 250 hours of service + the 1700 NCCC hours. WOOT!
We also were introduced to what non-profit organizations actually are and how they function, what our role will be in helping fill unmet needs. Disaster Training was interesting, as we spent one morning learning how a shelter was run/levels of commands/logistics and then that afternoon did a simulation set-up of a shelter and was given scenarios to deal with. Whew! That was eye-opening! Similar to that, Save the Children organization came in and taught us how to set up a kid-friendly space in shelters. Other training included diversity and health training. So we spent most the week at a couple different halls and training facilities that had the space to train large groups. We did find ways to entertain ourselves on break times throughout the day. I never knew there were so many different ways to play Ninja! It's been gaining popularity here and was even featured as a competition at our last Community Meeting with the Corps (one corps member from each Unit competed for the Ninja title)! My old pod leader, Millena, team leader of Raven 4, also taught some us the Footloose line dance- hopefully I can find someone who took a video and can post it later. There were a few chilly days as well, so I've been teaching people the Warm-Up dance, Matthew. =)

Friday arrived -- but still my team didn't know where we would be heading for our first round of projects! Finally, Davey (my team leader) took us out to complete our weekly van inspection, and there tucked into the spare tire was the envelope for our assignment. Drumroll...........
We'll be spending the next 6 weeks in Bath, MAINE!!! WOOOOHOOO!!! Not many teams get sent to Maine, so we're all pretty excited. We'll be working with Habitat for Humanity to repair, weatherize, and winterize houses.

Saturday I spent in Baltimore at the Humane Society working to clear out a pet cemetery that hadn't been raking in what looked like a few years! And the leaves were all wet, having rained the night before. Blah! Got to see some of the animals though! My roommate, Sarah, had set up the project to get in a few Individual Service Project (ISP) hours before we left.

This week has been spent on the last few trainings (such as volunteer management, team dynamics) but most of all on preparing for our projects. Mike and I (the CAP reps) are researching possible places to host recruiting events and finding AmeriCorpsNCCC Alum in the area. Yesterday, my team presented to the staff our project brief -- basically our research on the area, what we are planning for our roles, etc. For the presentation, we even had to wear what we call our AmeriTux! :-D First time I learned how to shine boots -- pics to come on that!

Ah! One more thing. Thanks to those of you who've been asking! :) Yes, there's a chapel right on campus here that hosts Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish services, so it's been pretty convenient to attend Mass! Got to chat with the priest a bit; he's a Jesuit priest that teaches at John Hopkins in Balitmore. Awesome guy! Apparently, in Maine, there's a beautiful Cathedral about a half-mile away from where we'll be living! Again, convenient! =)

So, besides random fire alarms - occasionally in the middle of the night (they're trying to get that fixed)- things are moving along here just swimmingly! Officiall Induction (a.k.a end of training) is tomorrow, and then off to our projects!

Next post from MAINE! =)
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Irene Gruber on

Nice pictures Kateri! Suppose you'll use them in some your recruiting presentations? The others probably could win a photo contest again!

grubear on

This is like the pot calling the kettle black, but, you must write more often! Thanks.

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