Eighth Grade river 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.
Dates are not yet confirmed but the trip will most likely commence following final exams, departing Saturday, May 18 and returning late on Friday, May 24.
Teachers accompany the trip along with experienced river guides from Canyonlands Field Institute. We review plans, expectations, and trip details with the class in spring. Below is a sample packing list for a river trip.
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 trail runners for hiking
- bathing suits: "surf jams" and rash guards are best for both boys and girls, for swimming and sun protection
- t-shirts - three
- camp pants: sweats or pajama type pant
- long underwear
- lightweight gloves
- 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
- lipbalm with SPF
- 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.
- pack everything in a DUFFLE bag
- 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.