Each spring, Whitfield’s middle school curriculum includes an outdoor education experience at Camp Wyman, a premier outdoor education facility and retreat center for schools in the St. Louis area. Sixth and seventh grade students stay one night while the eighth graders enjoy a two-night stay.
The Wyman curriculum incorporates a variety of individual and team building activities including a crate climb, ropes course, and climbing wall. It is a “challenge by choice” program that builds on developing team spirit, cooperation, trust and leadership. Individuals are challenged to go beyond their perceived limitations and to take safe risks with the support of their group.
“We talk with our students about the importance of stepping out of their ‘comfort’ zone and working from their ‘challenge’ zone, whether it’s on the high ropes course, the zip line or in another activity,” said faculty member Keith Borzillo. “When they are in their ‘challenge’ zone, students are learning to become more confident and competent.”