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Friday, May 29, 2009

Outdoor Ed’s Camp Sargent to close


Outdoor Education participants paddle canoes. (courtesy photo)

Imagine yourself in the woods high up in the canopy, walking a thin rope while below your team calls out encouragement. Now imagine yourself doing this as a sixth grader. That’s one of the adventures experienced recently by over 70 students from the Carlisle School during their four days at Camp Sargent in Hancock, New

Hampshire. Each spring the sixth graders, along with all their teachers, have headed to Boston University’s Outdoor Education facility next to Halfmoon Pond. What made this year especially poignant was that this is the last sixth grade to attend Camp Sargent. According to camp representative Ginny Raynor, “the camp will be closing as of August 31, unless something should happen to allow us to continue.”

In an email, sixth-grade teacher Bill Gale said, “Outdoor Ed was wonderful.” He said he eagerly joined the students on the high rope course. Besides challenging themselves to great heights, students gain other skills such as identifying flora and fauna, star gazing and orienteering. The camp structures the activities based on recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Education and team-building is an important aspect of the experience.

Carlisle School students have attended Outdoor Education at Camp Sargent for over ten years and it is going to take some work to find a replacement. “We are in the process of evaluating a couple of camps,” said Gale, “one in New Hampshire and one in the Berkshires, which offer similar programs.” Outdoor Education has been a part of the Carlisle School curriculum since at least 1974, when the seventh grade attended Camp Kenwood-Evergreen in Potter’s Place, New Hampshire.

The annual sixth-grade Spaghetti Supper raises funds to help defray expenses for the trip. ∆

Jack Thomas on the ropes course at Outdoor Ed. Rachael Bratton on the ropes course at Outdoor Ed.


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