How Do You Like Them Apples? Ask Ellis and Cat Rock! Print E-mail

Sept. 27, 2014-- Congers, New York

The ICO’s first Ellis High School outing of the fall season was greeted with bright sun, clear skies, and mid-80s temperatures with low humidity — perfect for a day of apple picking in upstate New York followed by a short hike in the Palisades. What made it even more special was that Michelle Brick led the trip to complete her fieldwork and become ICO’s newest certified leader—congrats Michelle!—and it was the first outing for several new volunteers picked up at the August 6th recruitment meeting in SoHo.

The day began with the usual gathering at Ellis and a bus crawl through Bronx traffic to pick up our colleagues and fellow attendees from the CatRock/Sierra Club Youth Leadership group, with whom we shared transportation and parallel activities. After that it was clear sailing, though, and it wasn’t long before we all arrived at Dr. Davies Farm in Congers, NY. The good Dr.’s apple orchard rests at the foot of a giant, rippled slab of brown vertical rock that picked up highlights in the late-morning sun, beckoning the mountain climbers in the group, and contrasting with the lush green grounds and trees to make a beautiful setting. We leisurely filled our bags with fresh-plucked Macintosh, Delicious, Granny Smith, and whatever else was within reach of the long picking poles. Plenty of fresh fruit never made it into the bags, however (yum!) and the lovely Eleanor, the charming two year-old daughter of an Ellis faculty member, was sometimes seen with one apple gripped in each tiny hand.

CampInteractive Summer Summit in Montauk, NY Print E-mail

Saturday, July 19 to July 26th, NYC Inspiring Connections Outdoors assisted CampInteractive on their Summer Young Entrepreneur Summit as they camped out near the beach in Montauk, NY.  Volunteers joined for the weekend activities and some throughout the week.  The students had a great time setting up tents, building a bonfire, building mobile apps, surfing the waves of the Atlantic, kayaking in Fort Pond, hiking out to the Montauk Lighthouse, and much more during this packed week of fun and learning.

CatRock Leadership Retreat in Kent, CT Print E-mail

The following amazing trip report and testimonial was written by student Vimary Toribio, a new CatRock Sierra Club Youth Leader describing the recent leadership retreat featuring caving/hiking/fishing/kayaking/swimming trip the weekend of June 7, 2014.

NYC ICO would also like to give a big shout out to Kenneth Merin of the Charles Hayden Foundation for helping support the development of these students and their leadership potential.  In addition, BIG thanks to Joey Yasgur who hosted the CatRock students and leaders at his home for the leadership retreat!

"My experiences on the first two Sierra Club Cat Rock trips have been amazing and each was one of a kind. The hiking trip was one of the longest and most challenging things that I have accomplished so far. However, it was a great experience to know that you had a team there to support you and for you to help support. If one of us needs to stop everyone else needs to stop too. Basically knowing the fact that you are going through such challenge with a team that supports you, made me want to not give up on the middle of the hike and keep going because they were my motivation. The view was truly beautiful - since I live in the city I sometimes forget how beautiful and relaxing can be nature.

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