At the end of last week Conserve School Semester 12 (CS12) students took part in one of the highlights of the Conserve School semester experience, the solo camp-out.
Students were are divided into six groups, each of which was assigned two or more staff members and an area of campus with several individual campsites spread out within it as well as one larger “base camp” campsite. The adults stay at the base camp and check on the soloists periodically, using a messaging system to make sure that students are okay without interrupting their solos. If a student doesn’t leave the designated message at the appointed time and place, the staff member investigates further. (The usual reason for a student failing to leave an “all is well” signal is that they have fallen asleep.)
The first night all students camp out on their own. On the second night, students can choose to have a second overnight on their own or to join others at their base camp for dinner, a campfire with some debriefing activities. For the second night some students move their tents to the group site, while most return to their original solo site.
A big thank you to Cathy Palmer, our Director of Outdoor Programs, for another successful solo camping experience.
Please enjoy these insights into the solo experience as presented in these pictures and a short video from a student.
3 days alone in the wilderness wasn't what I expected. My silence brought about the most creativity I had ever seen from myself. With no clock, no phone and no distractions, my mind was at peace. Hours of solidarity made me appreciate the powers of fidelity, individuality, hope, and most of all, my relationships with the ones I love. Whether I was laid beside a fire under the stars or in a patch of soft green moss beside a bog, I realized that this, for me, was a true sign of happiness. #csinspire