Outdoor Education Trip
Bexley Middle School students will experience their annual outdoor education trip in October 2017, this time to YMCA Camp Willson, in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Students in both sixth and seventh grades will have this fall camp experience, as BMS transitions to a grades 6 - 8 school in 2017- 2018.
In the future, this will be a sixth grade-only trip, said Jason Caudill, BMS Principal. Seventh graders travel in two groups during the week of October 9, 2017, with sixth graders attending (also in two groups) the following week, the week of October 16, 2017. Each experience lasts three days and two nights.
As in past years, BMS will provide an onsite camp director, camp nurse, transportation coordinator, and one support staff member. Other staffers take turns supervising students' cabins at night. The cost to families remains the same -- $40 with scholarships available. As with all BMS programs, the school wants every student who wishes to participate to be able to do so. BMS switched to a fall trip this year and found that this timing offers more predictable weather, as well as a positive community building experience at the beginning of the school year.
BMS chose YMCA Camp Willson because it offers a wider variety of options, including more diverse science and social studies lessons, team building and recreational activities than did the previous location. "Leadership at our previous camp has changed a coulple of time in the last few years," said Mr. Caudill. "We believe that the YMCA organization is less susceptible to these kinds of interruptions." In addition, Camp Willson has newer, larger facilities and, according to accounts from other schools, an enhanced dining experience.