Instead of starting school in a classroom, the grade 7 and 9 students at Holy Name of Mary College School, HNMCS, boarded a bus to spend four glorious days at Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park. Alive Outdoors led amazing activities that pushed boundaries, sparked relationships and created memories that the students will cherish forever.
The Grade 7 students were able to settle into their own two cabins and quickly formed friendships and made lasting memories. They experienced the joys of outdoor education, challenging themselves at the climbing wall and starting each day with a polar dip. They canoed, hiked, and participated in the HNMCS Olympics. Each evening ended with a campfire where they showcased their talents. It was a beautiful, sunny week and fun was had by all!
This camp was also the perfect opportunity for the grade 9 students to start senior school in a positive manner. Both new and returning students formed bonds as they did everything from sharing a cabin, having meals and working together. At the high ropes course, the grade 9 students developed teamwork skills and gained confidence by pushing their limits and conquering their fears. They had to climb up a hanging canoe while relying on their peers as belays to ascend almost 50 feet off the ground to sit in the hanging log chair. On the water, the grade 9 students learned how to stand up paddleboard and to work with a partner in tandem canoeing skills.