Mountain School Fall Team Building

Mountain School Fall Team Building

Mountain School Fall Team Building

Eighth grader Caroline Claire and seventh grader Julia Fillion paddle their homemade raft across the pond.

Eighth grader Caroline Claire and seventh grader Julia Fillion paddle their homemade raft across the pond.

On Tuesday, September 10th the 36 student and 5 teacher- strong Middle School headed out for their annual team building fall trip. The destination was the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Camp/Berkshire Outdoor Center, located in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. The Middle School saw 16 new students join MSW this fall. The mission of this three day trip was for kids to get to know one another, work on relationships as a team and in small groups, and build responsibility and respect amongst themselves and their teachers. Additionally, given the setting, a heavy focus of the camp centers around the students, the activities and how the environment factors into this relationship.

The facilities at the Berkshire Outdoor Center are unlike any other in the Northeastern US. With over 50 low and high ropes elements, students are challenged to navigate the course, push through their personal challenges and ultimately work through these courses as a group. For another activity the students were given the task to build their own water rafts out of bamboo, ropes and water jugs and then race the crafts against one another. All of these activities focus on the team aspect and problem based learning. Students also participated in canoeing, archery lessons,  and a wilderness survival program.

After activity packed days, the students and teachers enjoyed family style dinners, storytelling and a campfire. “I can honestly say the group that left for this trip came home as an established unit. The overwhelming level of respect, encouragement and support amongst this group was measurable. Every teacher on the trip saw the same transformation.  It was a great start to what I am certain will be a great year at The Mountain School!” said Assistant Headmaster Peter Ahlfeld.

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