Connect Charter 6.1 and 6.2 students go on a 3 day trip to a rural campsite near Calgary
Written by Bianca
Are you a person who craves adventure and has a lust for the great outdoors? Looking to escape from the bustling metropolis of the city? If so, Camp Sweet is the place for you. Just on the edge of Olds, this serene campsite will make you want to stay longer than you’re welcome. This past September 6th to 9th, these fortunate grade 6 students from Connect Charter school visited Camp Sweet. At Camp Sweet these students had the chance to swim in the river, have hot chocolate, snacks between almost every meal, campfire, forest time, building forts in the forest, night hike, animal game and much more!
Something truly unforgettable about Camp Sweet was campfire. It was a special experience that could easily be one of the best activities during Camp Sweet. For the first half, the kids would sit outside in an open-roofed tipi in the light of the lowering sun. They would sit there until their warm fall wear and a fire could no longer keep them from shivering, and the sun was too low for light to peer out. They would sing songs that had dances or required them to get rowdy and leave a ringing echo throughout the forest. In contrast, for the second half they sang tranquil, mellow songs in the shelter of a warm closed-roofed tipi to start winding down for the night hike. Even the kids who would silently mouth the lyrics at the beginning of campfire would eventually sing until their voices refused to make noise. Once the kids calmed down after campfire, they would go to have hot chocolate and a snack.
To nurture the kids’ peaceful and subdued state, they went out on a night hike in the forest. The kids held lanterns and flashlights to brighten the path of the forest. They walked in silence until they reached the Grandfather tree; the oldest and the thickest tree in the forest. They laid down on the forest bed and gazed at the stars through a clearing in the trees’ canopy. As for after star-gazing, they howled and hollered to mimic the noise of a coyote or coyote pup in hopes of getting a response from the real coyotes. For the experience of interacting with nature and star gazing, the magical night walks at Camp Sweet are not to be missed.
Overall, Connect Charter has some of the luckiest students for them to be able to attend such educational and experiential over-night trips. If you feel the urge to take a rural getaway, Camp Sweet is highly suggested. To enrol your child in Connect Charter or to learn more about Camp Sweet, visit www.connectcharter.ca. To explore more about the Camp Sweet experience, visit www.connectgrade6162.weebly.com.
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