The sixth grade is involved in outdoor education
at Camp CILCA Lutheran Camp for three days in the fall and three
days in the spring.
In the fall, the students observe the earth getting
ready for its winter rest. Leaf identification is perfect for this
time because leaves are falling off trees so they can study the
leaves more closely. The fall is the perfect time to teach outdoor
photography. God's coloration of the earth helps arouse the student's
interest in capturing God's creation.
The cooler days of fall are excellent for animal watching.
Mammals can be seen searching for food for the winter and the reptiles
can be seen sunning and are therefore easier to spot and watch.
In the spring, the student's have the opportunity to see new life emerge
in nature. Classes such as Creek Walking allow the students to view how
creeks have changed due to summer, winter, and spring erosion. The study
of a lake's springtime macro invertebrates can lead into discussions of
water pollution, insect life cycle, or water conservation.
Woven throughout the two sessions are also classes in Survival, Canoeing,
Archery, Orienteering, First Aid, Language Art and Religion. The students
have a chance to hike to a tree that is dated from the time of George
Washington. They learn about constellations and, on clear nights, they
are taken outside to observe the stars.
This experience is a good time for the sixth graders to start bonding
with each other. A positive outdoor education experience can help lead
to positive group interaction back in the classroom and throughout Jr.
High. Each year the sixth graders come back with excitement and awesome
words about their Camp C.I.L.C.A.