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.