All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
Alpine Academy is excited to be able to offer multiple opportunities for students to push themselves and grow while participating in some world-class experiences right in their own backyard.
The first trip this summer was for students who are really into hiking, and worked hard to prepare themselves for this special activity. A group of 10 students and 7 staff members from the residential and academic teams went to explore some of the greatest hikes of southern Utah. Over the course of 3 days, the students hiked Upper and Lower Calf Creek Falls, Peek-a-Boo Gulch, Spooky Gulch and Sulfur Creek. The students were able to demonstrate teamwork, determination and some good old-fashioned grit to make it through such a challenging and wonderful experience.
The next trip was for students in Alpine’s Drama class. They had the privilege of being able to go to Utah’s annual Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. Joining over 100,000 attendees to the festival from all over the Western United States, the Alpine students were able to experience first-hand the coming to life of the Festival’s mission statement, “The Utah Shakespeare Festival presents life-affirming classic and contemporary plays in repertory, with Shakespeare as our cornerstone. These plays are enhanced by interactive festival experiences which entertain, enrich, and educate.” It was truly an amazing experience for the students and accompanying staff members.
Alpine’s final trip of the summer clears out the entire campus -- the annual Wyoming camping trip. This trip involves every student on campus plus the teachers, therapists, and most of the administrative and residential teams, roughly 115 people in total. The amount of leg work that goes into such a venture is difficult to imagine. But it is well worth the months of effort and planning as the trip provides an amazing opportunity for the students. Camping, hiking, swimming in hot springs and lakes, and whitewater rafting are just the beginning of the experience. They also participate in experiential group therapy sessions and some lessons given by the teachers in the open air. Alpine appreciates the time for students to practice the skills have been learning outside of the “normal” Alpine experience. It is a time to build relationships with other students and the staff members in a non-traditional format. It is a time to connect with nature and enjoy life and the wonderful world the community lives in.
About Alpine Academy Alpine Academy is a licensed Residential Treatment Center for girls ages 12-18 located in Utah. Students struggle with emotional disturbances that are severe enough to prevent them from going to school successfully. Alpine is a fully accredited school with dual-endorsed teachers at the front of every classroom. Therapy is built into the school day. It is a nationally certified Teaching Family Model treatment program. The students live in homes with married couples, Family Teachers.