Each year, Lausanne's sixth-graders travel to Drasco, Arkansas for their annual Camp Bear Track field trip. The students camp in cabins, complete team-building exercises, participate in House Olympics to score points for their Middle School House, and roast marshmallows by the campfire.
Although the sixth-graders weren't able to make the trip this year, their teachers wanted to make sure the students still had the opportunity to celebrate the tradition.
"We decided that if we can't bring our students to Camp Bear Track, we are going to bring a virtual version of Camp Bear Track to them as best we can," sixth-grade teacher Tiffany Flor said. "It was exciting to see how the students tackled teamwork virtually and to see the joy on their faces when they completed the challenges!"
The middle schoolers kicked off the virtual field trip by building pillow forts since they were missing out on cabin life! Then the students completed a series of tasks including escape rooms, virtual roller coasters, a scavenger hunt and Chopped: Lausanne edition.
"We decided to come up with this when we realized how much our students were looking forward to Camp Bear Tracks," teacher Kyle Lawrence said. "We put our heads together and came up with ideas that would create teamwork and camaraderie from a Virtual Standpoint. I am looking forward to seeing what the kids come up with on their "Chopped Challenge" the most!"
"While these activities are vastly different from the ones at Camp Bear Track, the skills the students need to complete them are the same: collaboration, communication, and persistence," teacher Maria Pirani said. "Key in times like these where communication looks different!."