October 3 – Middle School students ventured to the beaches, islands, and mountains of California last week for their fall camping trips. The 8th graders enjoyed a full week at Hume Lake in the western Sierras, while the 7th graders (pictured above) spent a week camping, snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking at Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Ventura. The 6th graders spent four days at Montana de Oro State Park on the central coast.
The students faced some challenges — including curious island foxes roaming their camp sites on Santa Cruz and rigorous day hikes. But they also enjoyed getting down and dirty in the mud of the Kings River, splashing in the surf and watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
“When we first arrived, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The beaches were beautiful and full of color,” wrote 6th grader Jocelyn in a class essay after the trip. “I am so lucky I had the chance to go there. I learned to persevere through all of the hard times, whether it was bugs or hiking, and I learned that friends make everything better. I really hope that someday I can come back and experience all of this again.”
See pictures of these trip on the Images of OVS page.