Jarvis Middle School students had a chance to spend a pleasant fall day in the woods working together, building leadership skills and creating bonds with classmates during their character education trip to Camp Russell.
The sixth graders at Jarvis attended the Boy Scouts Revolutionary Trails Council sponsored Character Days field trip at Camp Russell in Woodgate, NY from October 6-8. Each day a different group of advisory classes attended. Activities for the day consisted of students being divided into five groups and rotating between five 30 minute activities in the morning and five more after lunch. Each activity was designed to promote team building and problem solving skills. Students participated in challenges such as navigating a rope bridge, avoiding the lava flow, moving the “toxic” waste, the team ski race, and constructing a tent. The day ended with each group performing a humorous campfire skit, which typically involved poking fun at their teachers.
The activities on this field trip promote many of the necessary 21st century skills needed for College and Career Readiness, including strong collaboration and communication.
Sixth grade teacher Eric Boisen comments, “Every year we have seen students who are typically more reserved in the classroom step out of their “comfort zone” and demonstrate leadership skills to help their respective groups attempt to problem solve in each activity.”
This field trip was an annual sixth grade tradition in the Ilion CSD, which is now continued at Jarvis Middle School. This is a great opportunity for students and Jarvis teachers hope they can continue to offer the program to students for many years to come.
Pictured below are photos of Jarvis sixth grade students working together during the team building activities.