It’s always been a tradition at Rochester Memorial School in Rochester, MA. Every year the whole 5th grade heads to Sargent Camp in Hancock, New Hampshire for the week. This year was no exception, and 70 plus students headed out on two buses up to New Hampshire on Monday, May 4th.
The program is officially called Nature’s Classroom At Sargent Center. There are over 700 acres of forest, pond, meadow, river, and bog communities which become a living classroom for the students. The students spend most of their day outdoors. Students stay in winterized cabins with modern bathrooms in rooms of 4 or 6.
Rochester Memorial 5th grade teachers accompany their students for the week as well as other staff and visits include Mr. Medeiros, principal of RMS.
As a parent of a 5th grader, you watch the buses pull away already missing your child but knowing that they are going to have the experience of a lifetime and literally a blast with all their friends, while learning about ecology and geology that they just won’t find in books.
We are very lucky to have such a dedicated staff at RMS that keeps this tradition alive. This is my third and last experience with Sargent Camp. My two older children talk about it fondly and what a great time they had.
They will all be back on Friday and we’ll be happy to welcome them home with memories and stories to tell.
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This blog was originally posted on www.boldday.com on May 6, 2015