Second Grade fall expedition

Thursday & Friday, September 12 & 13
departing at 8:15 am from campus
returning at NOON on Friday

For their fall expedition, the Second Graders will be hiking and camping near Independence Pass. The Outdoor Education team leads this trip with the Second Grade teachers. Also accompanying the trip are Middle School assistants – one or two older students who have been selected to serve as role models. Aspen Country Day students take two trips per year on their journey through the grades at ACDS, and each trip deepens their understanding of the school’s core values: character, respect, responsibility, community, and perseverance.

Outdoor Education is an integral part of our curriculum, and all students are expected to participate. There is no provision for students to remain on campus while their class is away. The cost of this trip is included in the annual comprehensive activities fee.

Objectives for the trip
  • learn to set up and take down a tent
  • learn to play safely in the outdoors
  • experience the importance of teamwork
  • learn how to dress comfortably and to eat and drink responsibly on a summit climb
  • learn plant and animal adaptation through observation, exploration, books and games
 Packing list

 In a duffle or larger backpack

    • Sleeping bag and pad
    • Change of clothes (including shoes)
    • Warm clothes for the evening (jacket, warm pants, hat, gloves, boots)
    • Stuffed animal or doll
    • Headlap or small flashlight

In a day/backpack for the first day

    • Lunch and drink (to eat on the trail)
    • Wide-mouthed bottle (plastic and full)
    • Rain gear (jacket with hood & pants)
    • Extra layer of clothes for the summit

Please, NO CANDY.

NO ELECTRONICS, please, except a headlamp or flashlight: this means no cell phones, no iPods or iPads, games, etc. NO sunglasses or glasses with video capabilities, NO smart watches. Only regular or Rx sunglasses and regular watches. "Radio silence" and a chance to unplug are important aspects of the Outdoor Ed experience. Photos from the trips will be posted shortly after return for parents and children to share.

Please label all items and pack the bag with your child so that she will be able to identify and keep track of the equipment inside, and make it roomy enough that your child can easily re-pack it in camp.  Please be at school at 12 noon on Friday to pick up your experienced and slightly rumpled camper. 

ACDS Outdoor Education operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest


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