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Controversy Brews Over Barred Owl Removal to Save Spotted Owl
Controversy Brews Over Barred Owl Removal to Save Spotted Owl
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ May 2, 2024

Wildlife officials are in a bitter dispute over the removal of the invasive Barred Owl from forests along the West Coast to save the Northern...

TOHS Springs to Europe over the Break
TOHS Springs to Europe over the Break
Alyssa Kiszczak, Managing Editor ♦ April 22, 2024

The scary sight of the most monstrous cheese you can imagine was sitting in the display case, calling their names. The stench was wretched, like...

Morge returns to mound after road trip of a lifetime
Morge returns to mound after road trip of a lifetime
Lilah Swaving, The Lancer Staff ♦ April 16, 2024

It finally became unbearable for Daniel Morge when the Thousand Oaks High baseball team went to go sing the national anthem, and he couldn’t...

Kirby pulls off rare double play for TO
Kirby pulls off rare double play for TO
Riley Brown, The Lancer Staff ♦ April 16, 2024

Junior Claire Kirby leads the TO softball team as not only an elite pitcher but also as an elite hitter. But she plays a third role that is...

The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors
Alan Ko, Guest Writer ♦ April 16, 2024

Outdoor school counseling might not sound like the best thing to do with a packed schedule but it is arguably one of the best experiences that...

Off-Campus Pass
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief ♦ April 16, 2024

Celebrities catastrophic effect on the environment
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

With our current understanding of the climate crisis, it’s safe to say that everyone is trying to be more sustainable for the sake of the environment,...

Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Los Robles Regional Medical Center benefits from the varied talents and experiences that volunteers offer, ranging from high school students...

Time T.O. Vote
Time T.O. Vote
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Senior Maya Campo turns 18 in April, and she is ready to make her voice heard this November. As the presidential primary election nears, seniors...

Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Many Lancers students are familiar with the SAT; a paper test with over a hundred questions of varying difficulty. Now, CVUSD is introducing...

Around the Business Table
Around the Business Table
Julia Pineda-Dominguez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

The Majors program provides students with the opportunity to speak with mentors in many different careers. The program consists of monthly meetings...

Moreno heads to Washington
Moreno heads to Washington
Aandrea Pineda-Dominguez, News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

It was finally over. The bell gave its shrieking cry and off went hundreds of students to enjoy their freedom, at least for a moment. For...

TO Acorn With Permission
Lancers lose a forever friend
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

Bill Gemberling has worn many hats at Thousand Oaks High: student, teacher, coach, sports announcer. But taxi driver? “I was one of (Brett...

Unexpected La Reina closure leads to transfers
Abigail Kerns, Assistant News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

escribing how La Reina families felt upon receiving the news that their school, which opened its doors in 1964, will be closing at the end of...

New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

The Great Outdoors

Junior Alan Ko recounts his joyous days as an Outdoor School counselor
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Alan Ko

Outdoor school counseling might not sound like the best thing to do with a packed schedule but it is arguably one of the best experiences that you can do in high school. Taking a week off from strenuous school work to connect with nature, meet counselors from other schools and to leave an everlasting impression on a group of sixth graders is priceless. 

       I was never able to experience the grace of outdoor school as a middle schooler because of the pandemic. I joined the Outdoor School program this year hoping to get a sense of what I missed out on, and I left satisfied.

     After a strenuous bus ride to Camp Ramah, a tornado of eager sixth graders excitedly poured out of the bus. As soon as we touched down, counselors were separated to create their “camp name,” which I had no idea about and didn’t give a thought to beforehand. I fell upon the name Lil’ Muddy. I managed a cabin of 15 boys, which they named the “Skibidi Cabin.”

        Outdoor School Counseling should be something that everyone partakes in. Leaving a lasting impression and receiving time away from school work from January to March with little to no breaks from school helped me mentally push through the second semester. I highly suggest participating when you are offered the opportunity as an upperclassman.

Here are some of my top highlights

 

Best Moment: Reading the Magic Tree House in the cabin to the kids after lights out was the highlight of the four-day, three-night trip. They loved listening to me read and would be dead asleep after 10 minutes and would ask about what happened in the book after they fell asleep.

 

Most Stressful Moment: Having my Center science poster due the Friday that I return. I was stressing about finishing the poster with one bar of cell service and being in a cabin that did not have any WiFi connection.

 

Worst Moment: My cabin ate 86 pancakes on the second day and a kid was getting hot sauce in his eye all during breakfast. Reflecting on it was funny how it went downhill so quickly.

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