In a few short hours, students will return from their “outdoor leadership retreat” at Chewonki’s Fourth Debsconeag Lake girls’ summer camp facility. Located approximately 4.5 hours north, this gorgeous, remote site was intentionally chosen as a venue for our students to practice their leadership skills and reflect on their time here now that we are at the midpoint of our journey together.
While faculty remained on campus to compile midterm grades and narrative reports, students have been living in yurts, hiking through mossy woods up to incredible viewpoints of the north woods lakes and peaks, and hopefully, weather permitting, canoeing and sailing on stunning Fourth Debsconeag Lake. In addition, they have been working in small groups on service projects to help close down the girls’ camp for the winter, giving them opportunities to take initiative, problem solve and get to know one another more deeply.
During a mini-solo experience students will have had an opportunity to get comfortable with the idea of being alone in the woods for a few hours as a practice for our more extended solos, which occur November 4-6 on Chewonki Neck. Solos provide an intensely meaningful way for our students to reflect on their experiences here and get to know themselves in often profound ways. Through their mini-solos at Debsconeag and other sessions during the next week, students will gain the appropriate skills and framework to prepare them for this unique experience. We are so excited to hear about their adventure together when they roll back onto campus this afternoon, and we’ll make sure to get a student’s perspective posted so you can hear about it, as well!!