A group of thirty Blair students traveled to Skirmish USA Paintball on Sunday with Mr. Compton, Mr. Anthony, Mr. Newell, and Mr. Ryerson to shoot paint at each other. Obviously, it was very fun.
Students and teachers were divided into two teams: White and Green. Compton, Newell, and Ryerson led the White Team to victory after victory over the Greens, but finally, on the Tippmann City arena the Green Team took a victory in the second game.
Snipers, flanking maneuvers, chains of command – both the Green and White teams practiced their battle tactics and grew closer to each other as they rained hell upon their opponents, and, sometimes, each other – accidentally, of course.
The two teams played eight games in total, including Team Deathmatch, Storm the Castle, Capture the Flag, and other varieties of paintball. Castles, fortresses, tanks, helicopters, shipping containers, houses, cages, and many other obstacles and sets are scattered across Skirmish’s 700 acre (280 hectare) collection of fields. These obstacles and buildings made for exciting games on such terrain as Empire Castle, The Cages, Tippmann City, and Fort Skirmish, the four arenas that Blair students enjoyed.
All the students who attended enjoyed the trip, with Will Kim saying “that was really fun” and “it was sick” from Sam Czaja. The day was truly a success, so much so that numerous students took short naps on the return trip to campus.
Due to the number of people on the trip, Skirmish gave the Blair group a new paintball gun, to keep, as a bonus for purchasing so many tickets (30). This paintball gun will be used by future Blair excursions to Skirmish paintball.
(Copyright Tys Sweeney 2015)