Reflecting on the Grade 8 Wilderness Adventure

Grade 8 student Alaina Jefferson shares her favorite moments from her class trip to Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing.

By: Alaina Jefferson
Grade 8 Student

In the Middle School, there are many amazing opportunities that will arise throughout the year. One of those opportunities is during Community Week when the eighth grade gets the chance to go to a five-day camp at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing. There you can participate in multiple activities from rock climbing, to mountain biking, to canoeing, and so much more! You will also create bonds between new people and find out more about yourself and others.

I'll have to admit: I was quite nervous about Wilderness. I had only been away from home for a day or two on my own, so the concept of staying away for an entire school week was still one I had yet to wrap my head around. However, knowing that I had great friends with me along every step of the way made it easier to push the nervousness to the back of my mind. Exhilaration flowed through me as I sat on the bus, eager for what waited for me in the week ahead.

During the week, I had the opportunity to experience many different activities, all of which I had never done before. Mountain biking was by far one of the hardest activities, but at the same time one of the most fun. I had ridden around my neighborhood a bunch of times, so I thought mountain biking would be a breeze. It proved to be the exact opposite. I was jolted around by dips in the dirt path, tree branches were slapping at my arms and legs, and my legs got so exhausted from biking uphill. Nevertheless, I learned an important lesson that day about persistence.

Another fun experience we had was caving, also known as spelunking. Most of my group had some qualms about this certain activity; some were claustrophobic, others didn't like dark spaces very much. But we all decided to face our fears head on, as a team. So together, we ventured on into the cave. It turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had, and I'm sure my entire group would agree. The cave was so peaceful because there wasn't much noise except for our breathing and the squish of our boots in the mud. Whenever there was a spot in the cave where someone in our group wasn't comfortable, the rest of the team would give them encouraging words. At the end of all that, our group felt less like acquaintances and more like a family.

That week at Wilderness was most definitely one of best weeks I've ever had. I was able to step out of and expand my comfort zone, and I now have an overall eagerness to try new things. I became closer to my friends and even made some new ones. All in all, this was an experience to remember and I am excited for the tradition to pass down fun to future generations.

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