Local 7th Grade Students Participate in “Trekkers Day” Program

We started the day off right at the Oceanside Middle School gym with lots of fun games. This epic game of knee tag had all four teams competing to be the last one standing

We started the day off right at the Oceanside Middle School gym with lots of fun games. This epic game of knee tag had all four teams competing to be the last one standing

Thirty one 7th grade students participated in Trekkers Day on January 7, 2017.  Trekkers Day is an opportunity for 7th graders to preview the Trekkers program by participating in an entire day of activities lead by Trekkers’ staff and volunteers.

This year’s participants were students from Oceanside Middle School and St. George School. The daylong program was led by Program Manager Lindsey Evans, along with four student leaders, three adult volunteers and four program staff members. The group was separated into four teams to make the day run smoothly.

The Sparkley Donatello’s works as a team to complete the helium stick challenge, one of many fun activities we did at the PITCH.

The Sparkley Donatello’s works as a team to complete the helium stick challenge, one of many fun activities we did at the PITCH.

The day began in the Oceanside Middle School gym with a series of large and small group activities for students to get to know one other before heading to PITCH in Warren. The activities included many of Trekkers’ famous team building and problem solving initiatives. There was even a Trekkers Olympics, which included a sleeping bag shuffle and non-cotton relay!

The purpose of Trekkers Day is to offer interested students a first-hand sampling of what Trekkers is all about. The enrollment period for the 7th grade programs started on December 1, 2016 and runs through February 13, 2017.

Trekkers hosted a Community Meeting on Monday, January 23rd at 5:30pm at Oceanside Middle School. The purpose of this meeting was to inform students and their families about the overall program, explain Trekkers’ selection process and share how students become eligible to participate. Applications were distributed. There are 40 spots available in the 7th grade program. Students did not have to attend Trekkers Day to apply for the core Trekkers program.

For more information about the community meeting, or to learn more about the Trekkers program, please call 207-594-5095.

Trekkers is a non-profit, outdoor-based, six-year mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. Trekkers brings students and adult mentors together to build meaningful relationships over a period of six years.  This year, Trekkers will serve more than 200 7th – 12th grade students from the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston.

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