Monthly Archives: December 2012

Meet the Staff: Scott Dovel


Scott Dovel

OLC Maintenance

How long have you worked for Horizons? 7 seasons (almost two years)

Favorite OLC activity: Operation Purple Activity Captain and Counselor

Favorite quote: “You have to believe to achieve.”

Favorite joke:  Why did the farmer give his cow a pogo stick?  He wanted a milkshake.

Hobbies: I make handcrafted paddles for friends. Since the age of 12, I have been moving tons of rock and dirt, mostly by hand, doing landscaping projects in my family yard leaving a mark that will be there long after I am gone.

Random fact: I was in a wheel chair for 6 months after I was the victim of a severe car accident in 2007.

An embarrassing story: While turning around on Lake Philippa’s beach, I got stuck in the muck and had to be pulled out by a big green tractor.

Favorite Horizons meal: Shepherd’s pie served during International Night during Summer Camp or the famous Surf and Turf served during the SGA Leadership Conference.


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Meet the Staff: Devin Hall


Devin C. Hall

Host Coordinator

How long have you worked for Horizons? 6 years…WOW!

Favorite OLC activity: Camp Fires

Favorite quote:  “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Hobbies: Hobbies include Lego and traveling

Random fact about yourself: I am the owner of a 6 ft x 8 ft Lego castle which I have been working on for 11 years

An embarrassing story: I once stuck a lemon in my nose during preschool sniff day and had to be rush to the ER to take it out 😉

Favorite Horizons meal: My ALL TIME favorite meal at camp…STUFFED CHICKEN BROC!!

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Facing Challenges

How do people grow?  We grow through the development of our bodies and through the process of learning in our minds.  How do people learn? We learn by exploring, questioning, discovering, and by being challenged.  What does it mean to be challenged? To be challenged is to face a task or problem that requires work and effort.  Through this challenge, we begin to discover, test, stimulate the mind, and provide opportunities for growth.  No one grows in their area of comfort.  Imagine your place of comfort.  Is it at the beach?  In a tree?  Watching television?  Wherever your comfort place may be, think about how much you are learning and growing.  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Challenges are different for each individual.  Some are challenged when faced with heights, while others are challenged when speaking publicly.  No two people share all of the same challenges.  People handle challenges differently, too.  Some prefer to face a challenge alone, while some like to share and talk about it. How one responds to challenges is crucial for growth.  Individuals can ignore the challenge or face it with confidence.

The Outdoor Learning Center strives to provide unique opportunities of challenges that stimulate growth for the individual and the team.  OLC presents a challenge and frames the experience to maximize growth.  Part of the growth process is how you address that challenge.  We help to guide individuals to think in positive and constructive ways, while encouraging success.  It is also important to reflect on your experiences to further understanding, discovery, and realization.  Some questions you could ask yourself are: What could I have done differently? What worked well? How did this make me feel and why?  Do not be afraid to tackle the challenges you are faced with because it can provide immense growth within yourself and around you.

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Meet the Staff: Kimberly Lane


Kimberly Lane

OLC Program Coordinator

How long have you worked for Horizons? I worked for OLC as a part-time employee for a few seasons before taking on the role of Program Coordinator.  I started this position at the beginning of September, 2012.

Favorite OLC activity: Low Ropes Course

Favorite quote:  “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” –Viktor Frankl

Favorite joke: What did the pig say on a hot summer day? …”I’m bakin’”!

Hobbies: I like to paint, cook, participate in sports, watch movies, socialize with family and friends, and learn new things.

Random fact: I can wiggle my toes individually.

An embarrassing story:  When I was in college, I walked out into the dining area only to slip on water, which resulted in a tray-full of food flying everywhere. The crowd clapped.

Favorite Horizons meal: It’s hard to say because I like a lot of the meals.  I have a tie between steak and salmon night and the BBQ chicken with macaroni and cheese.  I also really like their cookies, but that’s not a meal!

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The Who-Huh-What Knot?!

The figure eight knot is a type of knot that is used for a variety of activities, including the high ropes course and for rock climbing at the Outdoor Learning Center.  When using knots as a safety line, it is important to make sure the knot is completed properly.  Not only should one be sure to tie the proper knot, it is also important to understand the principles of knots.  Knots are the weakest point in a rope.  The first place a rope will tear (excluding obstruction to the rope) is the knot.  Certain knots have higher rates of strength rates than others.  According to Project Adventure, Inc., it takes 420 to 470 pounds of braking force for a figure eight knot to break in plate mode.  With proper care and safety precautions, the risk of the figure eight knot breaking is minimal.

There are several types of figure eight knots, such as the figure eight retrace knot and a figure eight loop, and double figure eight.  Here is the basic figure eight knot:

figure 8 knot

On the high ropes course, we use a figure eight loop knot with a locking carabiner that is clipped to the harness.  Many climbers and people that use knots have different preferences.  There is no one single knot that is correct for any activity.  Different knots serve different purposes.  An excellent place to learn how to tie knots is at:  Please take precautions when using knots as a safety support line.  If you are inexperienced, try taking a class or learn from an experience climber.

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Explorer Dining Hall Renovations

We have been enthusiastically watching the progress of renovations at our Explorer Dining Hall.  The basement has had some dramatic changes.  The two support pillars were removed and replaced with a 4,000 pound beam allowing more space and less visual obstruction.  We had heat and air conditioning installed, along with fans and lots of light.  There is a drop ceiling, insulated walls, and closet space.  We are currently working on our final touches of staining wood and floor. The improvements are amazing.  OLC is excited to have a new space to host a variety of activities and groups.  Check out the our new Explorer Dining Hall basement!


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