Thursday, October 18, 2007

Outdoor Education (ode)

Noah began 6th grade this year. Our middle school has a program called outdoor education. ODE happens in October every year. The 6th grade teachers take the entire class ( divided into 3 teams) on an overnight campout on a Thursday and Friday. They left the school at 8am on Thurs and returned to school on Friday at 3:30pm. They go to a Rotary Camp about 20 minutes away. Noah was lucky to have a perfect 2 days of fall weather. He had a great time getting away and making new friends from his 6th grade class. Darren and I volunteered on Thursday morning. We followed the kids around to 3 different activities. It was a lot of fun to see Noah interacting with the other kids.

the kids are split into groups of 11

they had to line up in chronological order, according to their birthdays, without speaking

Trust games

Noah's first time with a bow and arrow. He beat out the group on their first attempts. There are three arrows in the target. (double click on photo)

Various rope courses


marinamo,  October 19, 2007 at 10:33 PM  

This summer we volunteered to help with an outreach program for some Malaysian students to come to a camp similar to Noah's ODE put on by Public Affairs from the embassy. They did the trust games and ropes courses as part of the program. They did just fine working together--right up unil the moment they had to touch the opposite sex in order to complete the task. It was really interesting to see how very uncomfortable they were with any physical contact with the opposite sex.

Way to go with the archery, Noah!

laurak October 20, 2007 at 12:32 AM  

That looks just like the kind of camp Siena went to at the end of her fifth grade year. Looks like they had a good time. Good shot, Noah. Sally and her family are into archery, too.