In September, our middle school students had the opportunity to attend our first MS Camp experience. Leaving school early on a Wednesday morning, we headed west with 40 6-8th graders to the Coronet Bay Retreat Center. Accompanied by the middle school teachers and some wonderful parents, our group totaled around 50 people. Along the way we stopped at Fort Casey, explored the dark, maze-like bunkers and fortifications and ate lunch under a sun filled sky.
The retreat center offered some unique opportunities to our group of middle schoolers. Mixed groups were divided up into cabins, where new relationships were formed. The wooded area provided ample opportunities for us to have scavenger hunts, explore nature and play the infamous game of "Survival". Meals were served in the large kitchen space where students broke bread while building community with their peers. And of course camp would not be complete without a night game of capture the flag including some glow in the dark props.
Taking these retreats are an important way for us to build community with our students. Going off campus gives us time not just for scheduled activities, but for sharing meals and experiences too. And taking our trip in September lets us set the tone for the rest of the year.
After day two students were brought back to school exhausted, but full with new ideas and friends. The little getaway was perfect for the start of our school year and a new middle school. It will be a trip I will never forget.
Middle School Teacher