Allendale Columbia’s seventh grade class has been bonding outside the classroom for the past 20-years.
It’s part of a week-long trip to Camp Pathfinder. As most people know, middle school can be challenging. That’s why a group of seventh grade students from Allendale Columbia went to a place where they can get past those nerves.
“I made closer friends to a lot of people,: said Natalia Dandrea, student.
“It was fun getting to know each other better and seeing like how they can work together as a team,” said Shane Whiteside, student.
Over the week-long camp, learning advocate Seth Hopkins says students participated in educational activities and history discussions while learning survival tips and how be a leader.
Hopkins says, “We have a group of kids that just came back and they can definitely speak to younger kids about struggling, moving past the struggle and overcoming the thing that they were afraid of.”
Student Shane Whiteside says he will use what he learned to help other students. “It will help out with just getting to know people better and learning how to communicate with other kids better — learn how to work together as a team.”
And to use his skills to to make the world a better place. “We learned how to conserve the wildlife better and we learned how you need to take care of the environment.”
If just one kid from each seventh grade class came back with the same attitude, Hopkins says it can make a world of difference.