Outdoor school was fun for all 5th – 8th graders, whether it was the opportunity to spend time with friends, or the exciting classes the students participated in (I know that was everyone’s favorite part!), or the awesome activities they did.
When we arrived Monday, everyone got settled into their cabins, and then there was a mixer/get-to-know-you activity hosted by Mr. Bedell – Minnesota Conference of SDA Educational Superintendent. There was also a presentation about forestry and the importance of harvesting to the health of the forests and lakes in Minnesota. The students all went outside and learned how to use a tree bar to plant a new tree, which they would need to understand how to use on Thursday. Afterwards, we had supper followed by worship. The speaker for the week was Pastor Shelina Bonjour – Pathways SDA Church, and she shared the story of Gideon throughout the week and how God can build a hero out of anyone who is willing, with fun, interactive activities.
Tuesday was the main class day which comprised of three Seeds classes, three Trees classes and one Horse class. Even though it rained a little in the morning, the weather mostly cleared up in the afternoon, which was when most classes went out to collect seeds or leaves.
Wednesday was activity day and finishing up Seeds and Trees. In classes, the kids made their leaf and seed collection displays. They also had the chance to rotate to the different activities: low ropes, climbing, crafts, and horses.
Thursday after breakfast and worship, the kids went out in their assigned color groups and planted trees: our group went down to the point. We had close to 100 kids and 200 trees to plant, so everyone got to plant two trees each. Unfortunately, it was quite rainy, so the planned activities were cancelled. Soon it was time to pack up, say our goodbyes, and return to civilization.
Rachelle Nelson, Blackberry Seventh-day Adventist School Head Teacher
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