Northern fall landscape greets Grade 10 adventurers

Trinity College School’s Grade 10 students took full advantage of beautiful fall landscapes during their overnight trip to Camp Wanakita, near Haliburton, on September 30th.

The group travelled north to Lake Koshlong for a chance to learn important camping and canoeing skills, while also spending time with classmates and faculty. Additionally, the overnight trip is a qualifying expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards program (www.tcs.on.ca/dukeofed).

Monday dawned crisp and clear, and students started their journey by learning the essentials of canoeing. This prepared them well for an afternoon spent out on the water, taking in the amazing autumn colours. One group spent the afternoon hiking around the lake, getting a bird's eye view of the natural beauty of the area. Even when clouds rolled in throughout the day, students remained upbeat and resilient.

Students were broken into groups and were responsible for setting up their campsites, including pitching tents, building fires and cooking their own food: campfire pizza for dinner, followed by an evening treat of toasted marshmallows and s’mores!  At each campsite, the groups found their own ways to build community, through stories, ice breaker games and/or songs.

Morning brought breakfast and then the campsites were taken down and supplies packed into the canoes for the trip back across the water to the base camp. There, the entire group had the chance to reflect on the trip.

One means of giving context to their experience was to have students select a rock, a leaf and a stick, meaning something they loved about the trip, something they will leave behind and something they will carry with them. Each student had gained insights over the journey about themselves, their classmates and about the incredible beauty that surrounds us in nature. As we head into the Thanksgiving season, this trip certainly gave everyone involved many reasons to be grateful.