On September 12 and 13, 2013, the Everest Academy Boys’ and Girls’ schools each took their annual Middle School Integration trips. The girls went to Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan, and the boys attended ECHO Grove located north of Rochester, Michigan.
The girls participated in activities such as high ropes, the zip line, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, archery, building fires and making s’mores, a challenge coarse, skits, and games.
Teacher Kim Roberts said, “It was a bonding experience for the girls to get to know each other better. It helped to renew old friendships, strengthen current friendships, and create new ones. During the meal times, walking in the woods, and celebrating a special Mass presided over by Father Gomez on Friday morning, the girls made memories to last a lifetime. Everybody had a wonderful time, despite the chilly temperatures!”
The boys participated in team building and integration activities including high and low ropes, archery, shooting, paintball and field sports. The 7th and 8th grade class faced the challenge of group initiatives, high ropes and the climbing wall, while the 6th grade class participated in archery, shooting, paintball, canoeing and fishing.
“The objective of the trip is to help the students grow as a class, learn to accept each other as brothers in Christ and to get to know their teachers,” said Boys’ School Dean of Students Rich Cross. “We had over 15 dads help chaperone along with the middle school teachers. Fr. Daniel offered Mass and a night talk, while Br. Kevin was there interacting and getting to know the boys. It was a great trip.”
(By the way, Readers, let’s weigh in. Who pulls off the helmets better, the boys or the girls?)