In preparation for their freshman year, where they will be leading the Lower School classes on their Wolf Run trips with their advisories, the current eighth graders spent the beginning of this week at the ranch learning leadership skills that will assist them next year.
At Wolf Run, the students were split into small groups and tasked with “finding their way” through special outdoor games and obstacles. Some, like untangling a group from a knotted rope and balancing a see-saw using only body weight, were teamwork-based and could only be completed when the groups worked together. Others tested their outdoor skills, like lighting a fire with only steel and flint, and problem-solving skills, like word puzzles and a game called the Tower of Hanoi where students had to rebuild a pyramid out of boxes but could only move one at a time.
Among all of these fun challenges, there was also an introspective aspect to the excursion where the eighth graders reflected on letters they wrote themselves while at Wolf Run in the fifth-grade. After the reflection, they wrote another letter to their future selves; this one will be opened on their senior class retreat to Wolf Run. Their trip to Wolf Run is part of the “Looking Beyond Ourselves” initiative that also included a field trip to the Holocaust Museum, which was in alignment with their history curriculum this semester.
The students are no doubt ready to take on the task of leading Lower School classes through their own Wolf Run excursions next year!
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