On Oct. 22nd and October 23rd, the 7th grade class traveled to the New York YMCA for the annual Greenkill retreat. The trip took two hours. They first did team building activities and then the did the low elements. They then went to eat lunch and then they climbed a ladder that was really high. They went on hikes and built shelters out of sticks and climbed across a rope bridge across running water. Then they did archery and ate dinner. After dinner, they went to the gym for an hour and a half and then went to an animal show. They saw many different types of animals and learned a lot. Then they went to look for sticks to use to roast marshmallows.
After that, all students sat in a dark room and passed around a candle while saying meaningful things about their experience at school. Then they went to sleep. When they woke up, they packed up quickly and went to pray together and eat breakfast. Then they went to the woods and learned to light a fire without a match. They then went climbing on a rock wall and then went to eat lunch and went on the bus for the long ride home.
All students seemed to have a great time on the retreat and recommended it for all future 7th grade students. Ella H. said, “It was fun. I loved when we passed around the candle!”