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Templeton students connect with nature and their peers on camp field trip

Templeton Middle School’s entire eighth grade class was given the opportunity to connect with nature and each other during a team building field trip to Camp Whitcomb/Mason the week of April 22. Over the course of three days, nearly 400 students, 50 parent volunteers and 20 staff members visited the 300 acre site in Hartland.

“The groups enjoyed days full of s’mores, pudgy pies, canoeing and making memories that will have an impact on our students’ lives for years to come,” shares Templeton Middle School Counselor Steve Gross.

The students connected with classmates and took part in activities new to many of them. “The goal of this trip is to participate in team building and problem solving exercises that result in collaboration and the use of interpersonal skills,” explains Gross. “Students enjoyed environmental education group activities such as canoeing, lake study, archery, nature hikes and outdoor cooking. In each activity area, students are able to spend time with fellow students that they might not normally have class with or socialize with.”

Templeton Middle School Principal Brad Hoffmann says the students had an incredible time and welcomed the new adventures. “Students fully immersed themselves in the outdoor challenges and team building activities,” says Hoffmann. “When students returned, they were excited to share stories about their day at camp. An amazing experience for everyone that went.”

Camp Whitcomb/Mason is a Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee property located in Hartland, Wisconsin. “This student experience is possible because of our amazingly supportive parents, teachers, principals and Home & School organization,” adds Gross.