Field-Stevenson students had a wonderful time at Snake Road during their Covenant Harbor retreat in Lake Geneva last week. Working with a great outdoor education staff, the 5th graders enjoyed classes in archery, fishing, orienteering, basic survival and canoeing.
The focus of the retreat was to develop cooperative learning and team building skills through two “ropes” courses. During the initial “lower ropes” course, teams were given a scenario with a problem that the students had to solve as a team without adult intervention. The real-world frustration and impatience that they experienced had to be worked through by the team in order to achieve a solution. While the students had fun, they learned valuable lessons in team work and cooperation. The “high ropes” course challenged the students to step up and out of their comfort zone as they traveled many feet above the ground to work toward individual goals and face their fears.
For some, it may have been their first “camping” experience. While they were not in tents, they had to go without the comforts of home and the many electronic devices that occupy their days…and they had a great time!