Annual overnight trips for students in Grades 5-9 are a longstanding and beloved tradition at St. Johns. These age-appropriate extended field trips build on critical skills students have been developing, helping them learn, grow, and bond with classmates. The focus across all four trips is to foster independence and cultivate team-building, camaraderie and, of course, fun.

Grade 5

Grade 5 Driftwood Trip

In Grade 5, students embark on a three day trip to Georgia’s St. Simons Island and the Driftwood Education Center. Part bonding experience, part coastal ecosystem lesson, and 100% fun, the Grade 5 Driftwood trip bonds students together as a class, helps them connect to our ecosystem, and gives them three days of beach walks, camp fires, skits, songs, and amazing animal encounters.

Grades 6 & 7

In Grades 6 and 7, students continue the environmental education theme, but with a greater emphasis on team-building, trust, and community. The goal is to approach each trip in an age-appropriate manner that helps students grow, learn, and bond with classmates. 

Grade 8

The Grade 8 Mountain Trip caps students’ Middle School experience with a week in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina. The soon-to-be Upper School students spend a week with outdoor experts from Adventure Treks hiking, backcountry camping, cooking outdoors, and river rafting. Seniors and St. Johns graduates say that they remember their Grade 8 Mountain Trip as a pivotal experience for decades to come, and families know that its impact lasts at least this long.

Grade 9

Grade 9 students depart on the second day of school for a foundational 2-day trip that will set the stage for the rest of their freshman year. Focused on team-building, trust, and getting to know one-another, the trip is truly a highlight for these new Upper School students.