It seems hard to believe we’ve finished our third week and already are two days into week four. This past weekend we wrapped up Community Service, a second offering of City Lights, and Outdoor Adventures. Overall student attitudes and effort have been exceptional with students demonstrating wonderful learning attitudes which offer them a glimpse of their best.
This week, we continued to work on our curiosity, forming strong bonds between faculty and students, and trying out new activities. Our week was also filled with plenty of action and reflection.
For Week #3 Activities, students divided up and were off on their various adventures.
Community Service began with back-to-back morning trips spent at Camp Quinebaug, “a camp for all reasons” in Killingly, CT. Hyde students prepared and led activities for campers of all age groups. Tuesday afternoon’s trip to Misquamicut State Beach in Rhode Island combined beach clean-up with the opportunity to relax by the ocean. Thursday and Friday were jam-packed days, as students volunteered their time at a local animal rescue in Leicester, MA, the East Haven food bank, the Greater Boston food bank, and at the home of Terry Walsh (a long-time Hyde faculty member who is still recovering post-op from shoulder surgery). In particular, students put in stand-out efforts at food banks, sorting over 3000 pounds of frozen meat in East Haven, and packing 4 pallets worth of dry-goods filled boxes in Boston.
City Lights spent the week exploring Boston, New York, Newport, and Woodstock. After learning to communicate with each other on the ropes course on Monday, they worked together well in the cities and maintained good spirits despite high temperatures. Highlights included visiting the New England Aquarium in Boston, seeing “Blue Man Group”, touring a local dairy farm, going up to the top of Rockefeller Center in New York for some stellar views of the city, and enjoying a group dinner out in Newport on Friday.
Outdoor Adventure saw four faculty and fourteen students head to northwest Maine for a week of outdoor activities. Upon their arrival at the Hyde Wilderness School in Eustis, ME, they were greeted with rain. After a brief stint in the lodge, the rain stopped and they headed out to set up tents before sundown. Early on Monday morning, they headed to the trail and climbed Cranberry Mountain which is part of the State of Maine Bigelow Wilderness Preserve. It was a long, tough hike and the group persevered to the top of the 3000+ foot peak. Tuesday and Thursday brought them canoeing on Flagstaff Lake and mountain biking at the Sugarloaf Mountain Outdoor Center. Wednesday was the hit of the week as they headed out to white water raft the upper section of the Kennebec River. With “Northern Outdoors” as the guide, they hit the class three and four rapids with enthusiasm and excitement. On Friday, they paused on the journey back to Connecticut in Ogunquit, ME to go on a sunset fishing trip aboard the Bunny Clark. The group reeled in mackerel, cod, and cusk and enjoyed a beautiful evening on the water. The week was a terrific summer getaway and the kids were great and embraced each new activity. We can’t wait to do it again next year!
We concluded the weekend with a trip to Farmington River on Saturday to go river tubing. It was be an all-day opportunity to beat the heat. It was a great success and well-earned fun day for all who went. Faculty, staff, and students look forward to your arrival at the end of the week, and we will be preparing this week by working hard on the Performing Arts Show. See you soon!
Assistant Director, Hyde Woodstock Summer Sessions
Director, Hyde Woodstock Summer Sessions
See photos from Bath and Woodstock Summer Sessions programs HERE!