The 8th grade traveled to Camp Pecometh on Sep. 6 and 7, 2011, for two days of outdoor learning.
They were given several challenges which required working together as a group. One was this task; they had to get their group across a stretch of ground using a limited number of wooden blocks.
Only one person could be on a block at a time, and there weren't enough blocks to cover the whole distance.
By discussing, planning, and cooperating, the 8th grade was able to succeed. So far, so good! On to the next challenge!
The students put on belaying harnesses for safety as they tackled their next obstacle.
Step one: climbing high into the tree tops.
Step two: maneuver from the ladder onto the next element - a log.
Step three: crawling up the inclined log. It was pretty damp and slippery, too!
Day Two. The students faced another high challenge: climbing the tower!
There was also plenty of time to relax.
OK, time to get serious about the Tower. Once again, the students were in belaying harnesses for safety.
They also had helmets.
That tower is really pretty tall!
Reaching the "summit".
Ready to begin.
I made it!
Another eager participant.
The students acted as belaying partners for each other while they waited their turns.
OK, I'm ready!
Starting the ascent...
Wow, I'm up pretty high!
We surmounted all the challenges we were set!
It was a great trip, despite the rain!