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BAM Training

*Disclaimer* To set expectations- I will be updating my blog after every camp rather than every day this summer. I'll do my best to make sure that the posts are comprehensive so you all can follow my journey! I hope you enjoy:

I had an amazing week in Arizona at the Media Sales institute, but being there meant that I missed a few days of Build America training.

My red eye flight from Phoenix to Charlotte was not exactly the most wonderful experience. I had a middle seat so sleep did not come easily, and I couldn't stop thinking about leaving my new MSI friends behind in Arizona. 

I arrived at the Charolotte airport at six in the morning, and I could already tell that it was going to be an exhausting day having basically pulled an all nighter.

Derek, the Build America project manager, picked me up from the airport and took me to the teams lodging for training which was at a church. When we arrived the team was still asleep. One of the first people to get up was my chapter brother Blake who is also doing the trip. It was really nice to see a familiar face! 

As everyone began waking up I put my work clothes on and got ready for a day of tool training. We loaded up into the vans and headed to Chris Shade's (who works for Pi Kapp Headquarters) house. We spent the day learning the basics of tool safety, and helped in building a pagoda! It was a fun and productive day, but by the time we left the house for dinner I was more tired than I think I have ever been. We ate dinner at a fast food place called Cookout, and then we headed to the YMCA to shower. Upon returning to lodging I headed to bed, and was asleep within 2 minutes.

The next morning I awoke with the crew and got ready for a day of CPR training at Headquarters. We drove to HQ and received CPR training over Skype from Ryker's mom. It was a strange format for the training, but still very helpful. Hopefully we don't need to use this new knowledge during the trip.

Following training we had some free time, so I went with one of the vans to Walmart to buy toiletries and other essentials that I wouldn't have been able to bring on my flight.

We headed back to HQ and set up the conference room for our kick-off dinner. After the room was set up we had a quick fundraising talk with Spencer for the few people who had signed up late and still have a little fundraising to do. Following the talk we practiced camp songs!

As dinner was about to start VIPs including Mark Timmes (Pi Kapp CEO), Basill Lyburg (Ability Experience CEO), and William Sigmon (National Chaplain) began arriving. For dinner we had delicious BBQ! All of the VIPs spoke some, and we ended with a camp song! 

Once back at lodging we practiced packing the vans. I am on the inventory team, so we had to go to the storage unit to grab some of the final tools that we didn't have yet. Once we were back at lodging it was back to bed to get some rest for our big day tomorrow! Off to Camp Victory Junction!

Thanks for reading,

-Jacob

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