The Cabin Trip 2021

By: Zane Al-Saleem

This year, the PA-TSA officers were invited to go on a leadership cabin trip in the wilderness of Pennsylvania. I am not usually a fan of the outdoors, but I did have fun spending time with new and old friends.

When we left Bala Cynwyd Middle School, there were five of us in two cars with all our luggage. We crammed in four more people along the way to Sinnamahoning, PA. To be completely honest, I had never heard of this place until that day and I was very unsure of what it would be like. The ride there was exhausting. Everyone was so cramped because we bought a ton of stuff. After more than five hours, we finally made it to the cabin. 

I was very tired when we got there, but everyone else seemed super excited to be there. Everyone played Uno and then we went to bed a little later. I slept on a top bunk because I thought it would be fun, but it was a little scary. I wasn’t sure if the bed was going to fall apart but I ignored it and fell asleep.

One thing I could not stand when I first got there was that there was no internet service. It was so frustrating having my phone, but not being able to use it for anything. I never realized how much I needed the internet until I didn’t have it. There were so many weird things that came to mind that I had no way of looking up. I had to rely on others for information which I found somewhat unreliable. 

After a little while, I got used to not using my phone and it was a little refreshing not having it. I got to enjoy beautiful sites and brisk walks with my fellow state officers in peace from the outside world. We saw the Kinzua Bridge and got to see the Elk in Elk country. We had so much fun running around, but at the end of the day, we were very tired. 

After we got back to the cabin and relaxed for a while, somebody had the brilliant idea of getting a head start on our filming that night. I was thrilled. We had to read off so many random lines in front of a green screen and I was so annoyed, but we got through it eventually. Even though I knew I butchered a lot of my lines and rushed through it, I was very satisfied to be done with it.

My favorite part of the trip was getting to see all my state officer friends from all over the state. I was so interested in how different it is in other parts of Pennsylvania and I’m happy to have friends from all over with completely different experiences. I got to know them a lot better and I think it was a great bonding experience.

If you want to know more about how the cabin trip was like, look out for the vlog and other videos we made there on the the PA-TSA YouTube channel within the next few months.  

If you want to hear more or want to contact me for any other reasons, feel free to reach out at sergeant_at_arms [at]