On Wednesday, September 6, the students headed down the road from the Evergreen Campus for a day of outdoor fun and team building. The Arlington Echo course is designed to help students and adults to build communication and cooperation skills. Through a series of field games and low elements, participants work as a team to solve problems and overcome challenges. These team building activities help participants become more self-confident as individuals and more collaborative as members of a team. Completing these activities is also a great way for participants to build trust. All Indian Creek fifth and sixth grade teachers have been certified in the Confidence course through a two-day summer training. Indian Creek sixth grade students have been bonding through this Arlington Echo experience for decades, and the benefits have proven to help the sixth grades gel as a class and move into this important year with confidence and excitement!
A favorite part of this year’s course was the tire tower – a ten foot tower the students worked together to surmount. “I knew I could do it, but I was so impressed that my whole team made it,” shared Lucas ’24. Trust fall activities were fun – and reassuring for many of the sixth grade students as well. “My advisory group literally supported me during this activity. I feel like we’re all looking out for each other,” shared Max ’24. The entire course, combined with a picnic lunch and watermelon treat together gave the students experiences to build connections outside of school, that they can carry the benefits with them back to the classroom.
This experience, where students formed connections with the other students in their advisory groups, helped to set the stage for the sixth grade overnight trip to Camp Letts next week. The Indian Creek fifth grade classes will get to experience an overnight adventure at Arlington Echo next week.Click here to view a gallery of Arlington Echo photos.