At OVS, we continue to get our students outdoors in small groups for hiking, climbing, equestrian trail riding and surf trips. Being outdoors, exercising and connecting with peers are among the healthiest activities for young people during the pandemic.
Last month, eight middle school students ventured to White Rocks in the Sespe Wilderness for a hiking excursion after the Thanksgiving Break.
Outdoor Education Coordinator Zach Byars and Math Teacher Soren Stewart took eight high school students surfing at 5:30 a.m. on a recent weekend, then headed to the local mountains with six students for a rock climbing excursion. Two students, junior Alex Manning and senior Andrew Thacher (L17), pulled double duty on both trips by surfing in the morning and climbing in the afternoon.
Byars also led a trip themed “Women in the Water,” taking nine freshman girls to a local surf break to showcase their water skills and learn some new ones on SUPs, kayaks, surfboards and boogie boards while watching the setting sun at Solimar Beach.