Sixth-graders have fun while learn­ing at NorthBay

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— For county sixth graders, the an­nual trip to NorthBay Ad­ven­ture Camp held many sur­prises: the bits of sea glass found along the beach, the view from the zip line and, per­haps most sur­pris­ing of all, the re­al­iza­tion that they were hav­ing fun.

“I thought it would be more like school where we have to do a lot of as­sign­ments,” said Quinn Distler, a sixth-grader at Per­ryville Mid­dle School. “But I think it’s re­ally fun. We get to ex­plore a lot of na­ture and do a lot of new things.”

Now in its 12th year, the trip to NorthBay gets county sixth graders out of the class­room for four days for some hands-on, out­door learn­ing and the chance to bond with each other as they start mid­dle school. The trips are stag­gered, with one or two mid­dle schools go­ing each week through­out Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. This past week, sixth-graders at Per­ryville and Bo­hemia Manor mid­dle schools had their turn.

The sixth graders par­tic­i­pate in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties from sci­ence and en­vi­ron­men­tal fo­cused learn­ing such as clam­ming and a boat trip to more ad­ven­tur­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as a ropes course, the zip line and a gi­ant swing. The camp also em­pha­sizes char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment through the nightly “North Bay Live!” shows, which dis­cuss top­ics such as per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity and choice.

On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, sixth-graders from Per­ryville were clean­ing up trash from the NorthBay beach and cat­a­loging their find­ings — al­though the boys and girls were look­ing for two very dif­fer­ent things. While the girls searched for sea glass to later make into crafts, the boys were more

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in­ter­ested in find­ing as many crab parts as pos­si­ble in hopes of as­sem­bling a full dead crab.

But that’s all part of the bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, as stu­dents from sev­eral dif­fer­ent el­e­men­tary schools come to­gether and get a chance to meet new friends.

“It’s fun be­cause you get to come here with all your friends,” said Nathan Rice, a sixth-grader at Per­ryville.

Stacy Rah­nama, Per­ryville Mid­dle as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal, was par­tic­i­pat­ing in her 10th NorthBay trip and said the trip also gives ed­u­ca­tors a wel­come op­por­tu­nity to see their stu­dents out­side the class­room.

“It’s good for the kids to get away from the school. It lets them get out­doors and have an ex­pe­ri­ence they’ve never had be­fore,” she said. Per­ryville Mid­dle sixth-graders dis­play sea glass they found on the beach at NorthBay Ad­ven­ture Camp.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Per­ryville Mid­dle School sixth-graders ex­plore the beach at NorthBay Ad­ven­ture Camp.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Per­ryville Mid­dle sixth-graders work on mak­ing crafts from items they found on the NorthBay Ad­ven­ture Camp beach.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Per­ryville Mid­dle School sixth-graders tackle the ropes course at NorthBay Ad­ven­ture Camp.

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