Student Trips and Events
The opportunity to broaden his horizons through trips and events is a core part of a Hillside boy’s experience. Such occasions come in a wide variety of forms; they go beyond planned class trips to encompass weekend activities, club programs such as the Global Club and Culture Connection, field trips, rafting and similar trips, and on-campus events like Winter Carnival. Each program has been chosen with a specific goal in mind, such as seeing new parts of the country, learning capabilities such as team-building and trusting classmates, or expanding the mind by seeing new artistic and natural beauty.
Chewonki: Annual 7th Grade Trip
The most recent trip was taken by our seventh-graders to Chewonki, an environmental education organization in Wiscasset, Maine, that “inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.”
Every year the 7th Graders embark on a three day team-building journey at Chewonki in Maine. Because the class is made up of day students, 5-day boarders and 7-day boarders, one of the biggest goals for the students is to grow closer as a class. They are challenged to bring their heavy supplies to their campsites, set up their tents, make a fire and cook their food. Along the way, they are also presented with many other challenges to help strengthen their trust with each other and help develop friendships within their class.
A favorite of these challenges is the barn climb. Students pair up to help each other complete various climbs in the Chewonki barn. Without the help of their individual partners, the boys would not be able to complete any of the climbs but they learn to communicate and trust their classmates. Another skill that is built into the Chewonki program is learning to listen. During the first day of activities, many of the challenges presented to the boys take more time to complete due to every student wanting to say their ideas at the same time. As the boys learn from their instructors and their mistakes, they realize they need to listen and cooperate to achieve any of their goals. By the end of the program, the hope is that our students can complete their tasks more efficiently and collaborate more smoothly.
Watch for more information about the annual 9th Grade trip to Washington, DC and on-campus events such as Winter Carnival. Live vicariously through the fun experienced by new International students in the unique Jumpstart program or see the many weekend activities offered for the 7-day boarders each weekend.