October 2, 2010 – the date of our 1st ever and official Upper Palmetto YMCA Adventure Guides outing. 23 “Braves” and 12 Dads took part in the state wide Riversweep as part of our 1st ever community service event. Our mission: find any trash we could at the Riverwalk portion of the Carolinas Thread Trail, while having fun and avoiding any injuries. It was a true success on all fronts. We were pleased to find this mission was not overly easy as the trash levels were scarce. It seems that in its young existence the trail is well-cared for while heavily used. We did manage to pick up about 30 bags of trash (think shopping bags) while getting to know our Federation (full group of Fort Mill Adventure Guides) a bit better.
The Upper Palmetto YMCA has been incredible with their support and our 3 tribes continue to grow and gel together. We doled out our new t-shirts to those who attended.
We will hold 3-4 federation events where all three tribes come together and another 4-5 tribe-level events where the local tribes will drive their planning and events individually. On deck we have our 1st Federation campout to somewhere local (we’ll stay close to work the kinks out) preceded by our 1st Federation-wide tribe meeting. I’m looking forward to seeing where the 1st year of Adventure Guides in the Fort Mill area can take us. So far the kids really seem to be enjoying it which is the overall goal.