This past Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, CS10 students took part in one of the highlights of the Conserve School semester experience, the solo camp-out.
For solos, students are broken up into groups of about eight students, each of which is 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 solo-ists 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.