As we continue to settle into the school year and new routines, students and faculty traveled to Camp Merrowvista for a day of play, community-building and self-reflection. Merrowvista is nestled at the foothills of the White Mountain range and along the shores of Dan Hole Pond. The peaceful natural surroundings provided the perfect backdrop to the day’s activities.
Sixth graders adventured out on a hike to a nearby bluff, using prompted questions to get to know one another better along the way. Seventh graders supported one another on the high ropes course, navigating personal physical and mental challenges as they climbed higher and higher. Eighth graders engaged in a discussion about leadership styles and then put them into action in a raft-building challenge. The day came to a close with a council circle where students spoke about the importance of Heronfield’s core values in their lives and offered goals and intentions for theyear as pieces of birch bark to the council fire. The memories and impact of that day will stay with us for the remainder of the year.