Last Friday was Class Trip Day. This is a Solebury School tradition where early in the year, each grade takes an adventure together to bond and to grow as individuals and as a class. I had the pleasure of going with the 9th grade. This was an overnight trip to a camp in the Poconos. It’s arguably the most important of the trips since the 9th grade is basically all new students. I was one of six faculty chaperones who went on the trip. It was a really full and fun day! We began with some trust-building exercises, then moved on to some group challenges where we all had to work together and communicate effectively. Then we got to do some of the high-rope challenges that the camp has (I have a thigh muscle – and an ego – that hasn’t quite recovered. The students then had some time to enjoy all the things the camp had to offer. There were kids fishing, canoeing, hiking, playing basketball. It was so much fun to see students who were so different and from so many different places and backgrounds interacting. It is exactly what makes Solebury so special! I joined the basketball players and fared a little better thankfully. Later that evening we cooked dinner together and then there was a night-time game of Capture the which was a blast! Then smores and a campfire and then sleep (we were all exhausted). Another chaperone and I talked about getting up early and going for a run the next morning. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me when four boys said they wanted to come. How cool are these kids? Volunteering to get up at 7am to run with their teachers! Just awesome. There are a bunch of pictures below.
There was so much about these two days that was wonderful. First and foremost was the attitude of the students. They were so open, so eager, and so …well…pleasant. There was legitimately zero negativity the entire two days. It is clear that they are every bit the people we thought they were when we accepted them and that the next four years will be wonderful ones at Solebury because of their presence as a group. As part of the admissions team, it was also personally gratifying. To watch this collection of people become more comfortable with one another, to begin to see each other’s talents and to come together as a group is incredibly gratifying. They are a puzzle my team and I put together whose beauty I’ve seen in my head and on paper for months. To see it actually happening always fills me with pride and joy.
Thanks to the students for being so amazing and for all the fantastic things that are ahread of you!