BG seniors get a taste of teamwork

A giant spider web suspends from trees in the deep woods of LaFayette -- a private location where only those who reserve time there can witness this enormous trap. A group of teens eye it, strategize a way to climb into it and begin to act out their adventure.

But what happens next? Do the teens get tangled into a weave spun from an atrocious tarantula set to attack its prey? Do they stick to the silk creation and together cry for help?

Not exactly.

Rather, the Bishop Grimes seniors learn what it's like to take on a mission, find a way to remove any obstacles, and achieve their goals through team effort.

The group activity was part of the Catholic school's senior retreat called, "Jesus as a Team Builder," held this fall.

Students were allowed two minutes to plan a course of action that involved getting each classmate into the net made of rope. The purpose?

"They have the experience of being challenged to become a team and overcome the obstacles that presenters put before them," said BG spiritual life coordinator Josephine Rabideau.

Then, they learned how to relate their adventures as team builders with those of Jesus', she added. After the trip, students were asked to consider such manners as acceptance, tolerance and reaching out, noting that Jesus always met people, "where they were and who they are," Rabideau said.

"What did he do to create a community? To get the message out? What do we have to do?" she said, referring to questions religion teacher Peter Capponi asked when they got back to school. "We try to transfer it into the faith."

The ropes course in LaFayette, which involves wall climbing, the spider web and other activities, is offered solely to the senior class. Athletic teacher and retreat organizer John Cifonelli prepared the students for the physical part of the retreat during gym class.

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