By Ashley Lodato
Outward Bound generally does its business pretty quietly out in the mountains surrounding the Methow Valley, but last week they made special trips down to the valley floor in order to help local nonprofits with some big projects.
One group of 12 young adults helped Methow Arts load tables and chairs into a rental truck and prepare the Twisp River Park for Arts Fest on July Fourth, accomplishing in three hours what it would have taken the Methow Arts staff two days to do. Another group worked with Classroom in Bloom in the campus garden at Methow Valley Elementary School, while a third group helped with the weekly harvest at Red Shed, which is delivered to The Cove every Thursday morning.
Service activities are a core component of all Outward Bound programs. Outward Bound’s founder, Kurt Hahn, believed that learning the value of serving others was integral to the development of a strong personal character. Hahn identified two types of service: dramatic service, such as saving a drowning victim or pulling someone out of a burning car; and epic service, which is the everyday volunteer work humans undertake in order to make good things happen in the world.
Epic service is what our local Kiwanis group does when they improve the elementary school playground or repair the play structure at Little Star Montessori School; it’s what Room One does to ensure that we maintain a socio-economically diverse population in the Methow; it’s what many businesses and organizations do when they complete bi-annual roadside trash clean ups around the valley. And it’s what Outward Bound does throughout the Methow Valley in the summer as well as in other communities around the country and world during the rest of the year.
In addition to the groups mentioned above, Outward Bound also works with Disaster Relief, TwispWorks, and occasionally a few others. Keep your eyes peeled for young people who look like they’ve been backpacking for two or three weeks (because they have been), working around the valley.
And now my public service message of the week: Lightning Bill up at Goat Peak reports that he saw fireworks down in the valley on July Fourth. I’m loath to be a nag about fire danger, but really, fireworks? What part of Carlton Complex and Rising Eagle are we not remembering here?