Trekkers Students Participate in Two “Short Treks” Expeditions

Team Patagonia students in a “caterpillar” teamwork exercise on their overnight expedition.

In preparation for their upcoming 10-day expeditions, two teams of 9th grade Trekkers have been participating in short expeditions focused on building their communication, teamwork and consensus decision-making skills, as well as providing an adventure component. In mid-January, the 9th Grade Team North Face had their “Winter Stupor Stopper Slumber Party” and 9th Grade Team Patagonia completed an overnight expedition.

Team Patagonia stayed at the Root Cellar in Portland during their expedition. The Root Cellar is an organization that brings enriching services to neighboring inner city youth and their families, many of whom are recent immigrants or refugees. During their time there, the Trekkers teens completed initiatives that concentrated on cultural diversity, communication, teamwork and personal accountability in social situations. Team North Face utilized Camp Kieve in Nobleboro as their overnight base. During their expedition, they focused on communication, building trust, and completed a community service component.

This year, Trekkers has placed an overall emphasis on incorporating more local, short-term expeditions throughout the school year to build the students’ skills through outdoor-based experiences with their mentors. The experiences incorporate community service projects, teambuilding, traveling as a group on the Trekkers bus, and practicing consensus based decision-making skills.

Having completed these short treks in January, all of the students are now better prepared for their 10-day Ride Through History expeditions, which will take place during February vacation. The consensus based decision-making process that the groups practiced during their short treks was also used throughout the school year in their planning meetings. During their upcoming Ride Through History, the students will travel between Maine and Washington, D.C., to learn firsthand about a variety of historical events that have made a huge impact not only on our country, but also the world.

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