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Camp Cheley
photo of Mount Cathedral near Camp Cheley
Join PTO on November 13, from 9:00 to 10:00 am, for a presentation by four of our fifth graders about Camp Cheley. They will read from the essays they wrote about their experience, and everyone will have a chance to learn more about this valuable program!​

On Wednesday, September 26th, Willow Creek fifth graders embarked upon their annual outdoor education excursion to Camp Cheley.  During this trip, fifth graders increased their knowledge of, and experience with, a mountain habitat; learned environmental respect; identified components of an ecosystem; and understood interdependence within our environment and how human beings can impact that balance.  All of this was accomplished through activities such as orienteering, hiking up a mountain, exploring natural habitats on a nature hike, visiting a working ranch, and visiting Rocky Mountain National Park.

Even more valuable than the science and social studies content explored during the trip were the lifelong skills students developed.  Fifth graders learned the importance of preparation for safety.  Through community living at the camp, students learned cooperation, trust, and mutual respect for themselves and the environment.  Students built new friendships and cultivated existing ones by communal living in dormitories. 

All of the camp activities helped develop chemistry within each fifth grade class and strengthened the bonds between teachers and students.  That helps make the rest of the year in the classroom fruitful and more enjoyable.

The trip to Camp Cheley has become a tradition for Willow Creek fifth graders and a rite of passage.  The shared experience helped prepare students for the next step and created many fond memories.

Below is a photo of the red roofs of Camp Cheley; the photo above is Mount Cathedral.

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