Class I students practiced working as a team while facing new challenges during a retreat to Project Adventure.
For the new members of Class I, the month of September is defined by many firsts, but perhaps the most memorable is the Class I Retreat. Led by Class I Coordinators Amanda Blicharz and Lisa Stringfellow, the girls put their team working skills to the test at Project Adventure in Beverly, MA.
"We go to Project Adventure for the opportunity for Class I to come together as a community, because in order to be successful, the whole group needs to work together and support one another," says Ms. Blicharz. The girls began by doing team-building activities on the ground, then progressed to a low ropes activity, and ultimately moved on to the high ropes challenge where climbers were belayed by their classmates.
"Project Adventure is all about 'challenge by choice' and doing what is comfortable for each individual. The girls encouraged and respected each other and the outing was a great success."
Project Adventure has its origin in the tenets of Outward Bound, and promotes experiential education as a catalyst for positive and lasting growth. Through cooperative games, team-building initiatives, and the first-ever ropes course built in an educational setting, the program is designed to help students to achieve personal, academic, and social growth.