Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Some said they've never been on a hike before.
Some have never had a family-style meal before.
Some never leave the city limits.
My high school guidance counselor Mr. Jerry Dunlap started this camp. During the school year it is used to enhance curriculum. During the summer it is used to give students with learning disabilities or urban settings an opportunity to learn through nature.
It is neat to see the kids trying things and challenging themselves to do things they never would have thought possible. Kyle said to me today, they are learning and don't even know it. He is right. As much as I wish I could always offer this type of learning in the classroom--it is not possible.
I enjoy these tender moments with my students. They look forward to this all year and it goes by so quickly. What a great way to end the school year. I remember going to outdoor school when I was in 6th grade. It was at a different place, but it still brings back some fond memories.
The outdoor tradition is one I hope to have for several more years.