Upper Elementary Camp Out…

“We need the tonic of wildness… At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

-Henry David Thoreau

While the Lower Elementary children were gearing up for their on campus overnight, Villa di Maria’s Upper Elementary class planned and executed an off campus camping trip. This year they returned to an area near Onondaga Cave State Park. Having chosen the destination and the activities they wanted to try this year, the class divided into committees to make their trip a reality. And what an adventure it was!

Photo Credit: Lauren Knight
Photo Credit: Patrick Kelley

Our perspective shifts every time our vantage point changes. Standing knee deep in water or sitting astride a horse offers the opportunity to see our world anew. The camping trip affords the children a multitude of experiences to expand their world. The shifts in perspective assist the children in placing themselves in the cosmos.

Photo Credit: Lauren Knight
Wildlife abounds at the farm the students visited while horseback riding. Photo Credit: Lauren Knight
Campfire entertainment is an opportunity to exercise so many skills. Yes, public speaking and performance, but think too of the thought that went into figuring out what would be diverting for the whole group!  Photo Credit: Patrick Kelley
The breakfast feast after a night of camping in the woods! Photo Credit: Patrick Kelley