The sixth graders embarked on a journey at Ponderosa Lodge for their Outdoor Science School (OSS)! It was an experience that they were not very used to doing, but I am extremely proud of them for taking up the challenge of sleeping on a bed that was not theirs, learning from a teacher they did not know until that Monday, and going on adventures that may have tired their feet. OSS definitely kept the kids on their feet, with occasional times of rest in their cabins. The 6th graders tried so many different activities, such as making a candle, climbing the rock wall, learning a dance, performing a skit (in front of all six schools!), and going on night hikes with their trail group and Naturalist. Climbing the rock wall was a definite experience to be shared! About half of the 6th graders were really nervous about climbing the rock wall and ringing the bell at the top because it was high and the only control they had was their hands and feet. They had to place their complete trust in their Naturalist in keeping them safe. All of them, but a few, took up that challenge and climbed up to the bell. Some climbed half way, yet took another turn in climbing the wall with the goal of reaching the bell. A few even climbed the wall blindfolded! They trusted their instincts and trusted their Naturalist in keeping them safe. Overall, I would describe the experience as exhilarating and a life lesson to be learned in placing our trust in the Lord. Even though we take part in some “control” or responsibility in our lives, God is in control of everything. We can trust that He will take care of us!

Preparing for Science Camp took a lot of hard work; however, seeing how much fun the 6th graders had made everything worth it!

Jeremae Reyes, Middle School Science Teacher

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