Camp Wanakita 2018

The Stargazer Girls Learning, News

A growing body of research shows direct positive links between time spent in nature and children's health and well-being. Plus, it's fun and inspiring to be out in the great outdoors - especially in winter. With that context, HNMCS students from grades 7 to 12 participated in a four-day leadership adventure at Camp Wanakita.

HNMCS's annual outdoor excursion to Camp Wanakita was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to build their awareness and self-confidence. Each group's activities revolved around themes that encouraged personal development.

Being outdoors in winter uniquely challenged students to learn how to manage both independently and as part of a team in a demanding environment. The girls jumped into activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, high ropes courses, tobogganing, and more. These activities enhance communication, self-reflection and team building skills. Students were transformed by the challenges, exhilarating fun and the personal growth in learning that they are capable of more than they perhaps thought.


For Grades 7 & 8 girls, the focus was on community building. Workshop leaders worked with them to think critically about the characteristics they have (e.g. forgiveness, emotional intelligence, hope, love), and are most proud of to share with the world and improve their community. When challenged to try new outdoor activities, the girls eagerly participated in broomball, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The theme for the Grades 9 & 10 group was deepening a sense of self and building self-confidence. In their workshops, the girls spent time thinking critically about who they are and who they want to become. They then explored the concept of a grit and growth mindset and applying that to the ultimate goal of self-actualization.

With the milder weather students had the opportunity to challenge themselves to both a low ropes course and "the wall", where they worked together to ensure everyone made it over the 12 ft. wall. They also went on a beautiful hike to take in the beauty of a frozen waterfall and enjoyed skiing, snowshoeing and participating in a Wanakita Iron Chef.


The final night was filled with laughter and true HNMCS community spirit as each cabin performed small skits and routines at the annual campfire talent show.

This year's student leaders went above and beyond to ensure the experience was one that will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of their peers.

It also marked a monumental time for Grade 12 students who attended Camp Wanakita both as campers and leaders from their middle to senior school years at HNMCS. Undoubtedly, this unforgettable outdoor educational experience will be cherished in their memories for many years to come.