The Corvallis community embetterment organization, The Resilience Project, will be holding their first annual “Summer Games” from August 18 – 26. Teams of five will be charged with completing a series of tasks designed to foster community togetherness and morale. From the looks of this event, Corvallis is about to become much more interesting for the duration.
Resilience Project Creative Director, Kriste York, defines resilience as the ability to utilize resources in our environment when we need them, and says that resilience comes from our connections with others, and our capability to make those connections. The Resilience Project has been largely focused on digital storytelling, where participants tell a short story about their lives through videos and share them with others. Many of these digital stories can be viewed at The Darkside Cinema during the Corvallis Art Walk. York says sharing experiences with others can help us find common ground and bring us closer together.
“It’s about building community and those connections, it’s about being aware and connected to your physical environment,” explained York. “That’s where the idea of the summer games came from, this idea of physical and social environment.”
For The Summer Games, York intends on addressing the mission of her organization on a much larger scale. Instead of holding events at a specific place, The Summer Games will bring the project’s message out into the community. Many of the events focus on talking to your neighbors, meeting new people, and opening oneself up to new experiences.
Currently, there’s a list of about 100 events for the teams to choose from. These events are designed to offer a plethora of different experiences, and very few of them require all five team members. Many encourage the use of creativity, like making a windchime out of unexpected materials, and most require personal interaction with others, such as throwing a piñata party for your neighborhood. Speaking from personal experience, I might suggest you fill the piñata with candy, rather than insects or blood.
One of York’s favorite events involves going to Fred Meyer and photographing an interesting combination of products in a grocery cart. Most of the events don’t require spending any money, so you are not required to purchase that baby oil, bird feeder, lawn chair, and gallon jug of sriracha.
All of the events have a maximum amount of points that can be awarded for your team, and the teams with the most points will be awarded with medals at a ceremony that will take place at a City Council meeting. This will, by default, be the most entertaining City Council meeting in Corvallis history, just trust us on that one. The presenter of the medals will be none other than Corvallis’ Mayor and benevolent dad: Biff Traber. A good dad always encourages excellence in his children.
The Summer Games also has the potential to leave a truly lasting mark on the City of Corvallis. One of the events is to design a new flag for Corvallis, and RP volunteer Rebecka Weinsteiger has been lobbying the mayor for new municipal symbol.
“Have you seen the Corvallis Flag? We can do better! WE CAN DO BETTER,” paraphrased Weinsteiger, describing her email to Traber.
Seeing as our current flag could be improved, and we have several teams of creative people who may be designing new ones, maybe, just maybe, one of them could be flying over the courthouse soon. If this is something you’d like to see, shoot Dad an email yourself.
The team registration fee for The Summer Games is $50. The Resilience Project will put all money raised toward buying Chromebooks for a mobile computer lab to help them further their community outreach mission.
Learn more about The Resilience Project and The Summer Games at https://www.
By Jay Sharpe