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Outdoor School is an educational program that is run at Rancho Alegre, near Cachuma Lake. The program is used to educate elementary school children, mainly sixth graders, about earth sciences in an applicable setting. To have the program running smoothly, there are several branches of staff that hold varying levels of authority.
I, myself, went as a cabin leader. Cabin leaders are there to ensure that nothing too chaotic or dangerous goes down within these cabins holding young children. My cabin was Sespe, and I went with Pine Grove school. There was also a school from Ventura called OLA (Our Lady of Association), but it was much smaller and did not provide many of the children.
A big part of being a cabin leader is the attitude you go in with. My friend, who helped run our cabin with me, and myself chose to go in enthusiastically, while still showing authority and a fun side at the same time.
To make the most out of the situation, be as ridiculous as possible. Be loud, flamboyant, and extravagant. To make a character out of yourself, while simultaneously somewhat fascist-style brainwashing cabin-nationalism into the kids, is to make the experience. They will remember the fun, outgoing leader that was proud to have them. Not the embarrassed adult who was sulking to go home.
The best lesson that I took away from Outdoor School was that genuine fun does not allow for embarrassment.