They are a rite of passage, a chance to grow closer and bond as a class in a non-school environment. Outdoor education adventures are not only a part of the Chandler School curriculum, they help students disconnect from their electronic devices, become more self-reliant and interact in a collaborative way towards a common goal.
[Boojum Staff] made an excellent team who appeared united in philosophy and approach to students and teachers. This was essential in building buy-in from the students. Great admiration for Kristen May in building a team as well as for Erica, Emily, & Conor to follow appropriately and contribute sufficiently. Having spent many summers building an effective team, responsible for 100s of students’ safety out of a group of individual team members who had never previously met, I know a strong operation when I see one. And I saw one here!
I am so very happy to report that my daughter who was supposed to go to Yosemite and…you know the rest….came home today with nothing but great stories and a super positive vibe from her experience. I can NEVER thank you enough for that. I’m so proud of her and she thinks your crew was fabulous. As you know, I have gone on over 30 OE trips with Country Day and run both our 6th and 8th grade trips. To hear my own child come home so grateful for her experience speaks VOLUMES to me. Please give my regards to your crew. Nothing matters more to me than my children.
The Boojum Institute has brought a new and much needed new dimension to our college preparatory academic program. The team building aspects of the trip begin our academic year with a sense of cohesiveness and class cooperation.
Unplugging the students from their computers for a week in the wilderness gets them in touch with an elemental reality. They become reflective. They also cook for themselves, purify their water gathered from streams and lakes, use maps to navigate through mountainous terrain and carry everything they need on their backs. They push against their comfort zones… A week in the wilderness is a good starting point.