All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
Auldern Academy kicked off the new school year with its annual beloved tradition of a fun-filled week at the Keyauwee Program Center (KPC) focused on team-building and personal development. The students participated in a variety of activities that created lasting memories – from fishing in the lake, to conquering the alpine tower, scoring bullseyes at the archery range, to crafting and paddleboarding.
The weather was perfect and everyone was excited to get on the water. One student really enjoyed her time paddleboarding and said, “The water was very calm and I could balance easily, which made it fun, but not too challenging.” At the archery range, camp counselors ensured all participants were safe and followed appropriate protocols. Another student shared a highlight: “Hitting the bullseye and feeling like, ‘you can’t touch this!’”
Students also got the opportunity to zip line at Carolina Zip Line Canopy Tours (in nearby Westfield, NC) and enjoy the high ropes course at the SKYWILD Greensboro Science Center. Students who zip lined enjoyed a newly designed course of 11 separate “zips” through beautiful terrain that included an aerial bridge. Executive Director Angie Fusco, who joined in on the fun, said, “The new course was awesome and the students had a blast. This activity is always a highlight of this experiential trip!” Those who did not zip line were able to enjoy the high ropes course that featured multiple courses with three levels of proficiency. Students completed multiple courses and enjoyed the experience immensely.
Another day was dedicated to “giving back,” as each group engaged in service projects throughout the camp that included cleaning paddleboards, rigging fishing poles and clearing brush around the climbing wall. Afterwards, groups worked on team building activities that involved crafts and games, or climbed the alpine tower. One activity involved marshmallows and linguine noodles to see which group could construct the highest “tower”. Those accepting the Alpine tower challenge had fun both climbing and supporting others in their group as they attempted the climb. Lead Teacher Chris Will was thrilled to see the incredible level of participation, “Everyone in the group I was with attempted to climb the Alpine tower, which was great to see. Experiential week is all about students pushing themselves and discovering new strengths from within.”
Whether it was comparing tie-dye shirts, bragging over the number of fish they caught, or what level they accomplished at SKYWILD, everyone agreed that they fostered great new relationships, had opportunities to try new things, pushed themselves beyond their limits, and had an amazing time. This year’s KPC experience was incredible and set the tone for another outstanding year at Auldern.
About Auldern Academy
Auldern Academy is a college preparatory, therapeutic boarding school for young women ages 14 to 18. We provide a positive platform that helps transform the lives of young women academically, emotionally, and socially.