SCL middle schools students love starting the school year at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota. The annual experiential trip is a way for students to meet new classmates, rekindle old friendships, push themselves, and have fun exploring God's creation.
Last week, the middle school students and chaperones had plenty of activities to keep them busy. They conquered the indoor rock climbing wall, took on the outdoor tree tops ropes course, and set off in the dark for a night hike. Principal Jay Wendland said, “It’s always great watching students bond and give positive encouragement to help their friends overcome their fears.”
SCL experiential trips are full of opportunities to develop new skills, so students did some bird watching to practice the bird identification tactics they had just learned in the classroom, as well as constellation spotting, and fun around the campfire in the evening.
Students attended presentations on reptiles, birds, and constellations, and an especially challenging class, Archery Engineers. Students not only learned the safe and proper way to shoot a bow and arrow at a target, but they experimented with different variables and measured how they affected the airspeed against the arrow. They tested how arrows with different fletchings (the feathers on the end of the arrow for stabilization) cut through the air, and how different bows affect speed.
The trip to Eagle Bluff sets the tone for a great year and shows students what they are capable of: kindness, perseverance, and hope. They can figuratively and literally step out on a limb and tackle their fear of heights or of meeting new people. The school year theme for 2016-2017 is Hope Sure, Anchor Secure based on Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” We hope this trip sets the middle school students on a solid foundation, so that they will put their trust in the Lord.