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5th & 6th Grade Overnight Trips Foster Teamwork, Collaboration, and Independence

October 4, 2018

Last week, the 5th grade community traveled to Frost Valley in upstate New York for a two-night camping trip, a tradition for students in their final year at the Lower School.

Throughout the trip, 5th graders were challenged to problem solve together, build trust, and grow confidence in themselves. Students engaged in a variety of outdoor educational and teambuilding activities, including the "Flying Squirrel" which encouraged classmates to lift each other into the sky using ropes and return to the ground safely. In addition, a rock-climbing wall gave students confidence in their own strength and abilities.

At the end of the trip, 5th graders returned home with joyful stories and new bonds forged with their classmates.

Last week, 6th grade students spent three days at Nature's Classroom in Andover, CT. The goal of this trip is to build community and create new friendships in an educational and engaging setting. Students had the opportunity to hike in the woods at night, walk through a river, and roast marshmallows around a campfire.

Along with the group activities, students were able to sign up for several elective classes. These ranged from building gliders or boats, creating a survival shelter, conducting science experiments, building biomes, and movie making.

The whole experience was enriching and educational, with the grade building community and creating new friendships.

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