By Deidre Macpherson, Athletics Director and Senior HPE teacher
Every two years the Linden middle and high school community venture off to camp for Week Without Walls! A highly anticipated adventure, the fresh northern air and exciting outdoor educational experiences really make lasting memories for both students and faculty. This year, the Grades 7–11’s enjoyed many challenging experiences at Camp Wahanowin including trapeze, team ropes, high ropes, kayak, canoe, bungee trampoline, outdoor cooking/campfire building, initiative tasks, and more!
Camp provides so many initiative-based opportunities for each grade at Linden. As the HPE teacher, it was so inspiring to see students embrace the opportunity to take risks and push themselves out of their comfort zone. It was also encouraging to see students making strides to overcome nerves and anxiety by taking small steps to push their personal boundaries.
Camp is also a great experience for our senior students in Grades 10 and 11, as this is a great opportunity for them to take on leadership and mentorship roles during various activities or as cabin counsellors.
Thank you to all the Linden staff who provided so much encouragement, support, and enthusiasm towards our campers over the week! Looking forward to another great adventure in 2019!
Comments from students:
“I tried many of the activities that I was nervous about — such as the trapeze, it was very high but I decided to push myself and after several tries I was more than proud of myself!”
“I encouraged my friends to do things that were challenging for them.”
“I challenged myself by doing things I didn’t feel like doing at the time. It turned out to be very fun and exhilarating at the same time!”
“I had a great time at Wahanowin. It was really fun to share a cabin with the grade 10’s and get to know the younger grades better.”
"I formed connections with each of the grade 8’s as a cabin counsellor. I got to know them well and acted as a leader — balancing friendship with authority."
"One thing I would change? Make it longer!”