"Great 8" Returns from the Mountain Trip

"Great 8" Returns from the Mountain Trip

Last week, the Class of 2028 experienced an iconic memory of St. Johns Country Day School—the Mountain Trip, to the wilds of Western North Carolina. "This weeklong adventure in the mountains underscores the importance of cooperation and working together in teams," said Grade 8 English teacher Thea Burke. 

Featuring team-building activities, ropes courses, whitewater rafting, and much more, students are brought into an environment that may be different from any they may have experienced before where they are challenged to work together, stretch, and grow. 

Over the course of the week, students had fun canoeing and swimming in a pristine mountain lake, and spent time in small groups building trust and cooperation through ropes courses and other guided activities. Students challenged themselves physically and mentally throughout the week. They hiked longer and carried heavier loads than many thought they could. They eagerly tried new things they might never have attempted in their ordinary, daily lives. In addition to creating lasting memories, students worked together to find creative solutions to prevail in the woods. Students learned the importance of “leaving no footprints” as they explored the environment without disturbing the natural habitat. Finally, on an 8-mile journey, students learned to whitewater raft on the exhilarating Class 3 rapids of the French Broad River.

“Through this unique opportunity, our Spartans learned about themselves, each other, and the world around them,” said Burke. “which is all essential knowledge and skills that will see them through the rest of their Middle and Upper School careers, and into the wide world beyond.”






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