This fall our sixth and seventh grade students got to adventure and explore Colorado as they do each September and October.
One of the things that designates Cornerstone Christian Academy is the effort taken to build community and camaraderie within our classes. We are intentional about creating opportunities for this to happen alongside academic learning and social development. Beginning in 6th grade our classes each have the occasion for this beyond the classroom experience. On every trip our students come away with a deeper respect and enjoyment of each other, and a strengthened sense of class community.
Each fall our 6th and 7th graders take educational overnight trips in Colorado. Our 6th Graders go to Outdoor lab for 3 days at Camp IdRaHaJe in Bailey, Colorado. They learn team-building skills, sharing talents to accomplish a goal, experience new activities such as rappelling, rock climbing, archery, riflery, and study Colorado wildlife.
In 7th grade our students enjoy a 4 day Colorado History Trip in the Colorado Springs area. Students get to walk across the suspension bridge at the Royal Gorge and take the cog railway up to the top of Pikes Peak to see the view that inspired the song “America the Beautiful”. They tour the Olympic Training Center, Cave of the Winds, the Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, and the Cliff Dwellings.
Our students look forward to these trips as fun overnights with their friends, and yet there are so many lessons learned during their fun. There is social training on how to be courteous to tour guides, self-awareness and self-control in large group settings, and for the boys learning the somewhat lost art of chivalry as they practice holding the doors open for the girls.
Opportunities for relationships between faculty and students also develop as they are able to spend time in an environment outside the traditional classroom. And between the students many transition from classmates to true friends.
As the students grow through the CCA program, these trips are also instrumental in setting the groundwork for future school trips, including traveling to Washington DC for a full week during 8th Grade as part of their study of US history, and then participating in GO Week mission and vision trips during their high school years with opportunities to serve in Colorado, Costa Rica and Uganda. In all of these trips and experiences, CCA seeks to use education both inside and outside the classroom as a means to equip and inspire our students to be able to serve their communities and engage in meaningful work and relationships throughout their lives.