Sixth-graders have fun while learning at NorthBay
— 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
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.
Perryville Middle School sixth-graders explore the beach at NorthBay Adventure Camp.
Perryville Middle sixth-graders work on making crafts from items they found on the NorthBay Adventure Camp beach.
Perryville Middle School sixth-graders tackle the ropes course at NorthBay Adventure Camp.