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Sacred Heart students go to camp


More than 75 Sacred Heart Cathedral School seventh-graders embarked on a weeklong, off campus trip to YMCA Camp Greenville, N.C., Monday, Nov. 12, through Monday, Nov.19.

“Project Worth” at Camp Greenville is a unique educational experience designed specifically for middle school youth.

Sacred Heart students were challenged to step away from their comfort zone and embrace new experiences.

They participated in activities such as climbing the rock wall, trekking through the infamous Rainbow Falls, building a wilderness shelter and navigating the ropes course.

Although students realize the harnesses will protect them from harm in the ropes course, they must still face the emotional fear of testing their ability with the knowledge that they are far above the ground accomplishing tasks similar to a trapeze artist.

Students also are challenged to work together as a team through several group dynamics activities.

For many, this was an opportunity to identify leadership within themselves or others.

It also is a chance to develop self-confidence, nurture positive relationships and learn skills of communication and compromise.

“I had lots of fun with classmates I don’t usually hang out with. It was fun getting to know my classmates better. I love being outdoors, so participating in the hike and the ropes course were really fun,” seventh grader Keller Poore said.

“The ropes course took me out of my comfort zone and turned out to be really cool,” he added.

Environmental education is another key goal of our camp experience,” Jan Byers, seventh-grade teacher, said.

“The ability to be good stewards of our natural world depends upon an awareness and appreciation the students gain from an experience such as Camp Greenville.”

Experiential learning is an essential component of the curriculum at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. For more in-formation, visit the school’s Web site at www.shcschool.org.

 

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