Students in Grades 6-8 and faculty members Parke Logan, Nancy Seeds and Frank Pollifrone traveled to the beautiful forests of Connecticut last week for an overnight camping and canoeing trip along the Connecticut River, which included bonding exercises facilitated by Mountain Workshop.
The trip was full of exciting challenges and a lot of hard work for the students. The group traveled in 26-foot Voyageur Canoes after an introduction to canoeing, with a focus on learning the parts of the canoe, paddles and a safety talk.
The first day of paddling took the group approximately eight miles to the camp area where they spent the night at Gillette State Park in Hadlyme, CT. Students spent time reflecting on the overall activity and their experience. Mountain Workshop staff pulled out the major themes and lessons of the activities, and related them to everyday experiences. The night ended with s'mores and campfire games.
The following morning, the group hiked up to Gillette Castle and took in the views while having lunch. During the hike, they helped with trail maintenance and clearing debris from the trails and park areas. Community service is a big theme this year in the 6th-8th Grades center, and the trip included a chance for the students to give back to other hikers.