We are all weak on our own, compared to how strong we can be with help from each other. I learned this when I was faced with a challenge that I could never possibly complete by myself. In a time of need I looked to my classmates to help me, as they looked to me to help them. We, together, attempted and successfully completed many challenges. For our Eighth Grade Trip we travelled to Windsor Mountain, in the wilderness of New Hampshire. We would spend two nights there (for a good reason) sleeping in cabins, and doing a wide range of activities with our advisor groups. It was through these carefully designed activities and cold nights that we bonded together and learned what fantastic things can come to be when a group of people support, and work with each other to reach a common goal. On the waterfront we learned our first lesson in teamwork. The task set before us was to have everyone take part in a series of challenges (some individual, others you worked with a partner) to transport a ball around a dock as fast as possible. We were able to go through the first few challenges very easily and it was more a question of how fast could we do it instead of wether or not we could. Until we had to transport a bucket filled with water and a tennis ball down a makeshift zipline from a piece of string from the high jump to the dock. It was a challenge to get a steep enough angle where the bucket would come down the string, it was also hard to hold on to the string that had been weighted down by the bucket. Once the bucket was down the line Chris jumped into an inflatable tube holding onto the bucket and ball as I pulled him into shore. The challenge ended when we both stood up in shallow water. We tried to get a better time twice more. With each renewed effort came a new and improved time. We learned throughout the rest of the week to eliminate selfish moments, where we would attempt to gain glory for ourselves, and to sacrifice in the name of our team. This expierience was the “seeing is believing” of teamwork for me. I have always heard that teamwork is the best way to get something done, but it had never been proved to me. This was my proof. I hope I will get the same opportunity to bond with my classmates on the ninth grade trip.