Thursday, November 12, 2020

8th Grade Camp and Retreat 2020

“Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.” 

1 Timothy 12:4

On Thursday, October 23rd the 8th grade class was blessed to have two Camp Manitou-Lin staff members come to us and offer a day of team building activities. Though the weather tried to spoil our fun, we still had a great time! Students were split up into two groups to strengthen their relationships and communication skills. Students enjoyed building boats, learning outdoor survival skills, playing “telephone” while communicating how to build a structure, and competing in an egg drop challenge to see whose vessel protected the egg the best.

The students were also able to participate in archery in our gymnasium. All students learned the proper technique of how to hold a bow and arrow and everyone hit the target at least once! Hooray! Students then participated in a maze challenge where they had to direct their blindfolded partner through a maze and see who could finish the fastest. Students also worked on their memory recall while trying to figure out a path through a different maze.

On Friday, October 24th the 8th grade class had their annual retreat. The day started with Mass with both Father Tom and Father Danny. Students then spent time learning about The Paschal Mystery, exploring the 8th grade’s class verse, and reflecting on the Profile of an ASA Graduate. Students made art to celebrate The Day of the Dead as reflection on the Paschal Mystery.

The class was broken up into small groups to create short videos to explain what the class verse means to them. Representatives from Catholic Central met with the group virtually to give students an opportunity to hear about the opportunities available at CC. Students also had a chance to meet with representatives from West Catholic in November to hear about the opportunities available there.

To wrap up the day students completed a small service project started by Mr. Needham, by putting the finishing touches on some workstation screens for their classrooms. And then students had a chance to reflect on the Stations of the Cross.

Throughout both days students were also able to connect with some of their friend participating as possible from home!

   Overall we had a great two days learning and connecting with each other!

"Some parts were a bit frustrating and tough, but I got through it and so did my team!"

"I learned from camp day that communication is the key to having a good team."

- The ASA Class of 2021 -

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