It’s not usually that getting a bit wild in an academic setting is inspired.
But getting wild—as in back to nature, finding out wildlife and the surroundings— is precisely what students and educators from Busbee Creative Arts Academy did not too long ago with a three-day journey to Camp Leopold.
The STEM-based environmental schooling program attracts students from across the state to the Pinewood-based South Carolina Waterfowl Association camp, which emphasizes enhancing and perpetuating South Carolina’s wildlife heritage by means of schooling and habitat conservation, in accordance to the camp web site.
Busbee students have attended Camp Leopold in earlier years, however this was the longest keep, in accordance to Principal Stephanie Hucks.
“This year our students were able to step away from the daily grind of school and experience the classroom outdoors,” Hucks mentioned. “All the teacher and parent chaperones really enjoyed spending time with the students in a setting that allowed students to be kids and have fun learning about the environment and nature in general.”
The 95 sixth and seventh-graders participated in quite a lot of programs over the three days, amongst them Exploring the Wetlands, Team Challenge, Field Chemistry, Spineless Wonders, Celestial Navigation, Forest Ecology, Track Casting, Campfire, Night Walk, and the Zipline.
The Zipline, Hucks mentioned, was particularly widespread amongst students, many first-timers to the exercise. “It was great to see so many students cheering each other on when the fear of heights got the best of them.”
The camp journey additionally gave students an opportunity to study extra about themselves.
“My favorite activity at Camp Leopold was the Zipline, because it was the most fun and daring out of all the activities,” mentioned Busbee scholar Aisha Oree Flores. “I felt nervous at first, but then when Camp Leopold staff member Harrison launched me, I felt a rush of excitement go through me like a zap of lightning! One thing I learned about myself is that I am more daring than I think.”
Over the following few years, greater than 1,100 Lexington Two elementary and center college students will take part in classroom and camp experiences by means of the Camp Leopold program.
It’s an expertise that many individuals will at all times bear in mind.
“Your time at Camp Leopold feels like paradise,” Flores mentioned.