Expectation: Zero

Okay Dee, thoughts: how is this year thus far comparing to last? In the background, the din of Social Time peters in and out. Directly across from us, tiny Jeremy serenades swooning CTY girls on his violin. Around the waterless fountain – there is a drought going on – a score of students meander; laughing and talking and flirting, all within various degrees of social grace, from adroit to yammering. I thought it a loaded question. How difficult could it be to surmount the year previous? It was the year of The Swine Flu, when we sent nearly half the
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The “U” Rock Tradition

Cobie, in his old-soul, understated-fashion, raised his hand. “I’d like to say something,” he announced. He had thick curly hair and the gaze of Julio Aparcio. He turned his matador eyes to his hall mates. “I think we all need to give Chris a hand for laying down the law on some European kids at breakfast.” He started clapping. A quick “Yeah!” sounded, followed by hearty applause. Until that moment, sitting amongst my 13 charges for this session, a circle of cheering 13- to 15-year-olds, I did not realize how badly I wanted the recognition. I was 24-years-old. I had
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Run “Extreme Climbing” at the Center for Talented Youth

Xtreme Climbing will challenge students physically, mentally, and emotionally as they try to conquer bouldering problems designed for beginners. RA’s needed: 2 Supplies: Basic climbing or Parkour knowledge Location: Everywhere Description: Leave the chalk bag, but don’t forget your bouldering skills. (If you’re looking to cut down on the number of students, make lots of references to climbing stairs: “Make like Rocky! You’ll be a star amongst the stairs! First one up wins!” *Host this activity on the third week of CTY, to minimize time students have to repeat the exercises while at camp. Pre-Activity Talking Points: 1. Each bouldering
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Running “Casino Night” at The Center for Talented Youth

Casino Night at John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a beloved weekend activity across most sites.  The event is typically held on the second Saturday evening of each session. This guide was compiled thanks to some great CTY RA’s from the LOS site: Eric Anderson, Westin Brake, John Battipaglia, Laurel Reisig, and Alex Lee. Photo Credits: Brandi Hume Right-click here to download guide as a .pdf file. Constraints Relative to this Guide Student Body: 300+ students RA Staff: 24 – 26 RA’s Physical Constraints: Large outdoor area, enough to hold 10 table games and space for students to walk
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