Teton High School VOICE student mentors worked with their freshmen protégés recently in a lesson on facing life's challenges.

They applied some of those lessons during real-life challenges they faced Sept. 27 at the BYU-Idaho Badger Creek Outdoor Learning Center.

"This is the practical application of that lesson," said Liz Onufer, VOICE teacher.

The field training gave freshmen some very concrete challenges and understanding of how to face them, and what skills are needed, she said.

The students took turns on a giant rope swing, and "participated in a variety of team building and trust challenges," said Onufer.

These included the spider web, which required moving every team member through a web without touching it; prison wall, which involved getting every person up and over a 10 foot wall, and the island, holding everyone together on a small wooden block, she said.

The field trip was tied to the facing challenges curriculum at THS. After the exercises, youngsters were debriefed on what they learned. The lessons were taken to the academic and social setting at school, she said.

The ropes course was a great way to get the freshman class and their mentors out of their comfort zones, and bonding was a big part of the program, said Lydia Hanson, VOICE mentor.

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