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.
The eighth grade spent the week kayaking in the San Juan Islands. They began and ended the week with team building and high ropes challenges at Camp Orkila, and spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday sea kayaking from camp to nearby islands. Students built upon their existing outdoor skills as well as learned to navigate on water, gained kayaking expertise, prepared meals, and set up a new camp every night. Their shared adventures also facilitated community building, individual challenge and growth, and new sights around every bend. This was an exciting launch to a great eighth grade year!