The ABCs of the Middle School Retreat...Acclimate, Bond, and Challenge
The ABCs of the Middle School Retreat...Acclimate, Bond, and Challenge

by Diane Oliveira, Middle School Director

The Middle School recently returned from the first-ever all Middle School Retreat to the Pali Institute in Running Springs. Departure time on Monday morning brought six charter busses to campus, which were quickly loaded with a range of student emotions from anxious to excited. In no time, the two and a half hour bus ride was underway. Upon arrival, students began to meet camp counselors, discover who was in their cabin and their activity groups, learn the lay of the land, and figure out the meal options and expectations in the dining hall. Sharing the excitement of hitting the target during archery, building empathy walking a friend to the wellness center, commiserating over being the last group to lunch, or competing in a game of Gaga in the Gaga pit, are all ways that students bonded with other student they do not know. The Crow, the Leap of Faith, and the Burma Bridge were high ropes elements which challenged even our most confident climbers. And the 8th Grade leapt at the opportunity to zip across the ravine, which many found exhilarating. Click here to watch the video.

Students were asked to reflect on their three-day experience and give the faculty and administration feedback. As we begin to plan next year's retreat, student voices will play a key role in helping to decide the location and programming. View the photo gallery here!


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