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We Return to the Chesapeake with Seventh and Eighth Grades

September 28th, 2010

Last week, our Seventh and Eighth grade students and four teachers went to Echo Hill Outdoor School. Located along Maryland’s eastern shore, Echo Hill features activities on land and sea. Our students took part in two adventure/team building activities: the Giant Swing and the Pathfinder.  The Giant Swing features a prodigious drop while the Pathfinder is a challenging climbing activity.  While a student swung or climbed, the rest of the group supported him or her both mentally and physically.  It was a true team effort.  Our group also hiked at night with only the moon and stars to guide us.  We were also treated to a swamp ride on the legendary “scanoe” and many group bonding games.

Science activities included discussions about conservation and performing bay ecology studies.  A day-long voyage on Echo Hill’s sailing skipjack and motorized “buy boat” was a highlight for everyone.  We caught blue crabs on a long line, cooked them with Old Bay seasoning, and ate them right there on the boats.  They were delicious decapods.  Additional history and science classroom lessons back in Philadelphia will help us continue our studies of the Chesapeake.  The students will remember Echo Hill for many years to come. Pictured is a Seventh Grade student who thinks she is being attacked by a Lilliputian White Perch held by “Captain Tom” of Echo Hill.

Importantly, the Echo Hill Outdoor School staff helped make our three-day trip a success.  Special thanks go to our chaperones, Ms. Fraser, Mrs. Madaline, Mr. Costello, and Mr. Weymouth.  Next year we will return to high ground in the Poconos!