Eighth Grade capstone expedition
The Eighth Grade Outdoor Education experience in May is the culmination of the Country Day Outdoor Education program. All the lessons learned over years of outdoor trips come together on this ambitious expedition, and the Eighth Graders return with a vivid understanding of the core values of our Outdoor Education program: character, respect, responsibility, community, and perseverance.
As the trip involves some time on a Western river, exact dates are never confirmed until we have successfully secured a river permit, which is obtained via a lottery system early in the calendar year. We aim for a schedule that has students departing after final exams in the spring and returning from the trip just before graduation.
Teachers accompany the trip along with experienced river guides. We review plans, expectations, and trip details with the class in spring. Below is a sample packing list for a river trip. More details on the spring 2018 trip will be provided as plans firm up.
Packing list for a River trip
- lightweight capilene long-sleeve shirt and pants (cool in sun, warm in rain), absolutely required
- sun hat (for function, not fashion - a baseball cap works with a bandana for ear flaps.)
- sunglasses with croakie
- sleeping bag
- sleeping pad in separate sack
- pillow is a stuff sack with fleece wrapped around it
- water bottle with strap or caribiner attachment (quart Naglene bottle)
- headlamp/with NEW batteries installed
- toiletries, hair brush, tooth brush, etc.
- Tevas, or Teva type sandals that can get wet and stay on during a swim or short hike. Wet suit booties are fine as long as they have soles and fit well.
- wool socks for under Tevas
- sneakers or crocs for in camp
- bathing suits: surf jams are best for both boys and girls, for sun protection
- t-shirts - three
- camp pants: sweats or pajama type pant
- long pants with zip off option for shorts (ideal)
- shorts - two pair
- rain suit, top and bottom, important
- wool hat
- lightweight down coat for in camp, cold nights
- heavyweight fleece
- sunscreen: waterproof and strong, packed in ziploc bag
- lotion for dry skin
- we will provide biodegradable soap and shampoo. Please do not bring any other type as they will pollute the river and their use will not be allowed.
- If if stays hot, you won't need much stuff. If the weather turns nasty, then you need warm, functional stuff. Packing will be your responsibility, but we reserve the right to repack you.
- Dressing for intense sun and heat is just as important as dressing for cooler temperatures. It's important to pack Items that can be layered as the weather changes.
- We will keep your rain gear and lightweight long underwear accessible while on the river in case of sudden weather, but everything else will be stashed in dry bags during the day. Please remember to MARK AND LABEL everything with your name.