The 7th and 8th graders took to the woods this week for their annual overnight at Farm & Wilderness Summer Camps and with absolutely beautiful weather, turning leaves and many sheep, it was an incredible two days! We slept in simple, open-air cabins, cooked our meals over massive grills, worked the farm and explored the acres of wilderness. Over the course of the two days, the students rotated through four different activity areas, getting to experience so much of what the camps have to offer: wilderness studies, gardening, farming, and apple harvesting/cider pressing.
During their free time, we swam in the lake, paddled canoes around the cove and spent time unplugged and away from our phones, connecting with old friends and making new ones. We grilled fresh corn for dinner and of course gathered around the fire to roast smores, playing flashlight tag under a full moon. The evenings and early mornings were chilly, but once the sun rose over the ridge, the days were warm and the sun always shining. We were even lucky to have Windsor dad Rich Thomas drop in for an impromptu acoustic concert in the lodge. Before we loaded the bus to return to school, we gathered together to reflect on the trip and give each person a chance to share their thoughts.
Students spoke of how grateful they were to be able to have such a wonderful experience and that they loved having the opportunity to make new friendships. Cleaning out the chicken coop, hiking steep trails, sleeping outdoors or pulling weeds in the garden push students outside their comfort zone, but they spoke of being thankful for being encouraged to try something new. This trip has become such a special part of our year and I know the 7th graders are already looking forward to returning next fall and the 8th graders will cherish their time there these last two years. Thank you to the awesome F&W staff and all of the adults who helped to make this happen.
View the full photo gallery of the overnight here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/NXRgiyNDE1FSJuwn6