Trip to Frost Valley YMCA helps kids learn ethics, teamwork

YOUTH. Students recently enjoyed a class trip to the great outdoors.

Oct 09 2019 | 08:05 PM

Students from Byram Township kicked off the year with a field trip to Frost Valley YMCA Camp in Claryville, NY. Chaperones accompanied 75 students for three days and two nights enjoying the activities, beautiful surroundings. While participating in this program, students were guided towards sound environmental ethics, positive personal relationships, and the concept of teamwork.

The 6thgraders participated in outdoor activities and enjoyed the beautiful weather and a little rain. Students were able to test their skills on the rock climbing wall. Other activities include the study of water and wildlife ecology on the 4,000acre site, learning how to use a compass and completing an orienteering and teambuilding course. Students tested their balance and coordination by crossing a cable bridge suspended 10 feet above a stream. Evening highlights included a campfire with songs and s’mores and learning about birds including owls, falcons and hawks.

The goal of this field trip is for the students to learn to work together better, to learn to encourage one another and to see what they have in common. Highlights also included the evening workshop by the Birdman who showed the students up close an owl, falcon, turkey vulture and red tail hawk. And of course the trip the last night included a campfire with s’mores, songs and stories!

Back at the Intermediate Building, the students who did not attend the overnight, had a the opportunity to experience similar activities around the school are. Daily hikes, playing games and having a special treat in were just part of the fun activities these students participated in with their teachers.