6th Grade Visits Outdoor Ed

Brian Houl and Andrew Lim

On Monday October 16, 2017, sixth graders at McPherson Magnet School went on a five-day field trip to Outdoor Education camp in the San Bernardino Mountains. Students did activities like archery, wall climbing, and learned about nature.

Felicia Low, sixth grader, talked about the activities at Outdoor Ed. She said, “They were fun because I beat everybody in them except for when you have to sit down on the dirt and just sit there while listening and getting pine needles everywhere.” Matthew Mendez said his favorite activity at Outdoor Ed was archery, “because my field instructor showed me how to get the bow ready and you get to do bullseyes.” Jacob Fong said, “The instructors were really nice like my instructor, Mr. Nolan. He was really fun and he taught us a lot of stuff like he taught us some owl calls.”

Students went on nature hikes during the day and stayed in cabins at night. Their cabins, named after trees found in the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains, held up to fourteen people and the sixth graders slept in bunk beds. Each cabin woke up at 6:00 a.m. except for one cabin group that had to wake up earlier to set up breakfast for everyone had to stay to help clean the tables and wash the dishes. The duty rotated daily.  The sixth graders got to go on hikes at night and went to sleep at 10:00 pm. On the last day the instructors did skits for the students and then they came back to school on Friday October 20, 2017.

“The night activities were really fun! It was cool to go outside at night and hear all the things that we could hear and see the stars. You can see many more stars out there than here and that was really cool,” said Olivia Jennings. The teachers had fun as well. 6th grade teacher Mrs. Priest said, “It was great. We had really warm weather and clear skies so it was beautiful at night. We got to see a ton of stars and everybody seemed to have a good week.”