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Seventh grade spends week rafting, hiking, and growing

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The class of 2018 rafted for two days and hiked 7.8 miles along the Clackamas River on a five day trip at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada, OR. One of the main focuses of the trip was communication and cooperation; students worked together through team building activities and learning to raft together. Each evening students met by the campfire to review and reflect upon their day and acknowledge each other. The week culminated in a day long rafting experience with class three and four rapids with names such as Hole in the Wall, Box of Fluffy Kittens, and Toilet Bowl. All in all, the trip was an amazing experience for all involved! The seventh grade class was able to mature and grow, and they are now ready to step into the role of being the leaders of Westside School Middle School.

Sixth grade bravely climbed, rappelled, and explored!

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Last week, the sixth grade traveled to central Washington with the YMCA and Westside School faculty Lauren, Glyn, Jason, and Colleen. The group explored and adventured around Dry Falls, Lenora Caves, Vantage, Frenchman’s Coulee and Ginkgo Petrified Forest. Students were able to witness and experience a unique desert landscape created by the Ice Age Missoula Floods, all the while pushing their limits and comfort zones while camping and climbing!
Brave and strong sixth grade students advanced their knowledge of climbing and belaying, and learned to rappel!

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The community, responsibility, and enthusiasm shown at the climbing wall transferred to camp life as well, where students helped to cook each meal, and practiced the principles of Leave No Trace.
In their down time, students hiked to caves, sand dunes and waterfalls, played games, and relaxed by the Columbia River. A wonderful week was had by all!

Seventh grade rafts, hikes, and reflects by The Clackamas River

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The seventh grade students camped near Estacada, Oregon by The Clackamas River. Students rafted a low Class II rapid, hiked eight miles, and rafted a higher Class II rapid following the river adjacent to our hike the previous day. Students went over rapids with names such as Box full of Fluffy Kittens, Hole in the Wall, and the Toilet Bowl, among many others! The group camped at the Milo McIver Campground where they were met by the Oregon Rafting Experience guides. They helped out with meal preparations as well as guiding the students on their hikes and on the river.

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Each evening students met by the campfire to review and reflect upon their day through journals created by the staff. They learned basic rafting commands and how to best prepare themselves when rafting more active rapids. Many students and a few teachers freely fell into the 45 degree river, while others got soaked from the splashing waters!