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October 2016 Bimonthly Newsletter:

Activities that promote gratitude and understanding / Our Dream /Customer Highlight

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -  Maya Angelou

Odyssey for Youth is very grateful for the privilege of serving your staff and students.
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Season of Transition:  The landscape is changing. Leaves fall, but before they do they provide a glorious spectacle of color. Within this setting we have the opportunity to explore fear through the advent of Halloween and gratitude as we move toward Thanksgiving. 

The beginning of the school year began in a whirlwind of paperwork, preparations and nervous new faces shrouded by a veneer of happy confidence flooding into the school. You’ve set your boundaries, and CONGRATULATIONS you’ve made it to October. The forming stage and storming stage of all group dynamics is finally settling and now you can get down to the real work. 

We here at Odyssey, battled through a wonderfully busy autumn, as well with a slew of amazing groups attending our ropes courses, teaming sessions, staff development and more. What an inspirational start to a new year! It is time for Halloween, and what better way to overcome your fears than an Odyssey Ropes course. It’s also the time to reflect on gratitude. We are grateful for our amazing clients and their incredible loyalty to our programs. We are looking forward to many exciting things this autumn and winter. Take a look below and check out what is coming up at Odyssey! 

Facilitators Tip of the Season:

Learn some magic 2 simple activities that promote gratitude and understanding


1.     Activity:  “Fear in a Hat Game”-A simple activity that can bring people closer together.

Students write down on a piece of paper (everyone’s is the same), what their greatest fear is.  Put them all in a hat and mix them up.  Each person then draws one out and reads it. Then they explain why that could be something to be afraid of.  When all the papers have been read, discuss the themes that showed up.  Was there a prevalent theme? 

2.  Activity

: “The Thankful Tree”-This could be used in a classroom or at a family gathering! To remind us of all the blessings we have in our lives.

Instructions:  Secure a tree branch (or branches) in a pot using floral foam or clay.  

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  • Cut circles or leaves in autumn colors-lay them on the table.

  • Have pens available

  • Use clothespins, tape, or paper clips to attach to the tree. 

  • Participants independently write things they are grateful for on the leaves or circles and attach it to the trees. (If you think privacy is an issue, have them fold them first.)

    Discussion: After all the words are read out loud, discuss or journal new ideas or thoughts you have about what you are grateful for.  


Our dream at Odyssey was to bring transformative experiences to the youth and adults that give people something to think about, something to do and something to feel. Incredibly, we've been living that dream for 25 years! As Odyssey's impact continues to grow to a global scale, we never want to lose site of our roots and the youth of our community we are committed to. Students are our tomorrow. We are so thankful to get to work with teachers who help them to be the best they can be and youth who will change the world. 


•    Ignite STEM Opportunities: 1400 Freshman in High school from Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Plumas, Butte, Siskiyou, Lassen and Modoc counties will participate in a program they aren't likely to forget this Friday. At the end of the day they will have donated 150 prosthetic hands to the global community of amputees worldwide.

•    Pine Ridge Bigger Picture: 190 Junior High Students will be creating an original mural with lasting effects for their school. What better way to show that each student contributes to the bigger picture. 

•    Butte County Office of Education ROP Medical Professions - Burgeoning medical professionals from Chico High and Pleasant Valley High school come together to work together in our Ropes Course.

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