8th Grade Coming of Age Trip Waldorf School of Garden City

We had a tremendous week with the Waldorf School of Garden City's 8th grade class, and it's hard to believe the week is already over. This new trip, the first of this class's two Glen Brook trips this year, is meant to strike a different tone: to explicitly acknowledge the fact that these students are stepping out of childhood and into adolescence, on their way to becoming more responsible and more independent in many ways.

The students participated in many activities to strengthen their will force, and to help appreciate the work that goes into some of the systems they benefit from while here. On our welcome hike the first day, we crossed over several bridges on the Glen Brook trails, each of which were built by previous class trips, and this week the students had a chance to rip out and rebuild the oldest bridge on the property.  They had a chance to work on the farm to harvest, weed, and help feed and care for our pigs, chickens, and cattle. This week we served almost exclusively food grown and raised on our property, and they had a glimpse into the amount of work that takes. Everybody also got to split firewood, which will be heating the buildings and drying their clothes during their class trip in March.

The students spent time in the evening in small groups having intentional discussions with adults about who they are, and who they want to be, they spent a lot of their free time at the lake, during this warm sunny week, and they had the chance to hike and play a game with the Monadnock Waldorf School's 8th grade, who they pen-palled and met with last year, and also made new friends with the Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School's 7th grade, who was here for part of the week on their camping trip.

Probably the most anticipated part of this trip was the solos. During their trip last fall, this class spent a few hours alone in the forest as a chance to be still, observe, and rest. This year, each student build a personal shelter, and stayed there for an entire afternoon, and through the night, while adults stayed out by a fire in the center of the spread out students. We were impressed and proud of how well they did, and no doubt they have stories to share of their pride, mosquitos, noisy owls, and how different the forest feels when the sun sets.

4th Grade Class

Our Waldorf School of Garden City 4th grade class just finished their second annual Glen Brook Trip.  They learned about animals in our forest, including how to learn from animals to find animals; they hiked Gap Mountain; they worked in the kitchen, garden, and yards of Glen Brook, and much more. We especially enjoyed this group's hard work and enthusiasm for chores, their love of singing, and their abundant curiosity. We know many of these students will be back for Winter and Summer Camp, and we look forward to seeing the class as a whole next year!

6th Grade Trip

Our Waldorf School of Garden City's 6th grade class was here for the week. A main focus of their time was astronomy: the students did observations of constellations with the naked eye, and of planets, stars, and galaxies with telescopes. We were grateful to have a chance to visit the Dublin School's Perkins Observatory to learn from their expertise and use their equipment.  We visited and explored the many caves and tunnels at the local Bear Den natural area, practiced and learned fire building, and explored the Glen Brook woods.  The students helped care for the farm and facility by raking leaves, pruning trees along our pasture edges, and moving firewood.  It was a wonderful week, and we look forward to seeing these students and many of you at the Fall Fair tomorrow!

3rd Grade Class Trip

It was a big week here at Glen Brook. Our third grade from the Waldorf School of Garden City came for their first annual trip. It was wonderful to see these students come to feel at home at Glen Brook, and to try so many new activities. In the garden, students mulched, harvested tomatoes and sunflower seeds, shelled and sorted beans, and cleaned garlic. They learned about and helped to take care of all our farm animals, and we visited a nearby dairy barn to meet their cows and help milk one.  On Thursday the students made an entire delicious meal for themselves and for the gappers: stew, bread, butter, and apple cider followed by apple crisp and ice cream. It was a well made feast! They also spent time exploring the forest and building shelters with the available forest materials. We ended the week with a bonfire at the granite ring with singing and some hilarious skits, and a chance to do some stargazing before bed.

We look forward to seeing these students again soon-- whether for their fourth grade trip as a class, or perhaps at Winter CampSummer Camp, or a Family Program!

 

10th Grade Class Trip

The Waldorf School of Garden City's 10th Grade just finished their Glen Brook trip to the White Mountains. It was a fun, challenging, and beautiful adventure, and we were delighted to see students supporting each other and challenging themselves.  The students backpacked over three peaks, taking weather measurements along the way as a part of their meteorology block.  They were also delighted to return to camp to swim, shower, and delight in a nice warm bed after a few nights on the trail.

70th Reunion Celebration

This weekend was an incredible opportunity to experience the breadth of Glen Brook's impact on people throughout its 70 years. With representatives from every decade of the Camp's history, we were so grateful for the opportunity to come together, share stories, look at archives, and enjoy the beautiful weather and classic camp activities.

With stewardship as one of our core values, it is vital and energizing to connect with the generations who have stewarded this place before, and look toward the next generation who will continue and improve upon the great legacy and values of a place that is loved by so many.

Orientation Trip

Each year, the Waldorf School of Garden City's first-years and seniors start the school year with a combined trip to Glen Brook.  In addition to reconnecting with old classmates and meeting new ones, the students had a chance to be paired with a buddy in the other class, help with the stewardship of our beautiful facilities and grounds, hold class meetings, swim in the pond, play games, and hike Mount Monadnock.  It is a big year for both classes, and we hope that this trip helped start off a wonderful year.

Falcon Backpacking Trip

The Falcons returned from their four-day backpacking trip in the White Mountains with a few beautiful photos to share. They managed to avoid the rain for their entire trip, and summited several beautiful mountains including the Franconia Ridge mountains. They came back sweatier and smellier than ever, and eager to put on costumes and join the dance that evening. Having had a day to recoup and settle in, they’re now off on their 24-hour solos.

Week 6 Update

It’s been quite a busy and fun week at Camp! Saturday Night Entertainment was a blast, a record number of campers participated in Iron Camper (a swim, kayak, bike, and run that can be done solo or on a team), Sunday and Monday finally saw some good rain here on the hill, and everybody is making the most of the final days here at Camp.  The last week is always abuzz with a specially excited energy as everybody packs in all their favorite things to do at Summer Camp before it ends.

The pictures here include art projects that the campers have been working on, pictures from our dance party as well as an elective 80’s dance party, and various pictures from around camp. 

We’re looking forward to our all-camp trip to Stone Pond tomorrow, Banquet tomorrow night, and the final day of classes, tournaments, and our closing ceremonies and appreciation. Stay tuned for photos from the Falcon backpacking trip, and at least one more batch of final photos!

Week 5 Update

We're nearing the last week of Camp, which is hard to believe! The whole Camp went on a very short hike up Pitcher Mountain, more popularly known as "Blueberry Hill" and gathered a new record amount of blueberries: 60 pounds! We always have a competition with staff versus campers, and we weren't able to get any photos this year because the staff had to work hard with all these campers. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough and the campers won for the second time in record-keeping history.

We're relieved to see a forecast that the heat will break and we'll finally get some rain, and are looking forward to another great Saturday Night Entertainment!