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0 Summit County students learn leadership with imaginary deadly Ebola Virus outbreak.

What's contained in this orange bucket is the deadly Ebola virus, the senior counselor told the five seventh graders Tuesday. 

To prevent an outbreak you must develop a plan to transfer the bucket, he instructed, without touching the bucket and without knocking over the ball on top of it, using only the ropes provided. And, the children were told, the only people who can touch the ropes are the other five kids on your team, who all happen to be blindfolded.

The first five stood for a second, figuring out how they could direct the “blind” children to complete the tricky task. They gathered the second five, and worked together to give them directions.

“Guys, I'm trusting you,” one of the blindfolded children said. 
The bucket turned over, spilling the make-believe virus. The 10 children sat in a circle to re-evaluate their actions.

“I got so frustrated not being able to see,” one girl said.

“We needed to be more specific in our directions,” another said.

A lot of kids think it wouldn't be fun to be blind, and that's the moral of this story. But it's about improving your communication skills and developing trust, said Rolando Cuadrado, president of the Rotary Club of Summit County and senior counselor at the Young Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in Larkspur, where 120 children are gathered this week for the five-day camp.  
The camp serves two Rotary geographical districts, which includes over 120 clubs from parts of Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska and all of Wyoming. Children are sponsored by a Rotary club, which covers the $450 registration fee after each child goes through an application process. They must be in the seventh grade, and have demonstrated leadership in their school, community or place of worship. There are three student attendees from Summit County.  
 Each day's schedule is packed full of activities designed to help develop personal confidence, trust of teammates, working as a team, communication and overcoming obstacles. The students are split into 12 10-member teams throughout the duration of the camp.  
“The purpose is empowering youth to lead through discovering themselves,” Cuadrado said. “A lot of folks expect this to be classes — how to lead, how to make people follow you. But really, being a good leader means knowing how to work as a team and be a good follower as well.” 
“I really like how in just two days, we've all become such close friends already,” said camper Cait McCluskie, a Summit County resident. “My team already has all these inside jokes. Just moving out of my comfort zone and making new friends has definitely helped me become more of a leader, and become more confident.


The Ebola "Meme" seems to be everywhere recently....from all the coverage of the new breakthroughs in a New vaccine, to the US dept of defence earmarking in access of $290 million for "research"....even Alex Jones is shouting from the rooftops that:
"They’ve got the helicopters loaded — the Sunshine Project got the documents — with the airborne Ebola to spray on us. I mean, they actually got the documents that they got helicopters with knockout gas and lethal weapons parked at bases everywhere to kill everybody in America.”
 There's definitely a trend in media pointing at Ebola...and personally I'm starting to find it a little worrying now.

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