With minimal supplies, seventh graders arrive in the Georgia mountains nervous and excited about the week ahead. They will hike through the woods, set up their own tents, cook their own food, build fires and undergo both physical and mental challenges.
By the end of the trip, students have formed new bonds as they overcome fears and learn to rely on one another. The confidence they build during their time in the woods carries through to the classrooms and roadblocks they face in life, says Middle School Division Leader Jennifer Jagdmann. "They realize, 'I am really capable. I am absolutely able to do all of these things – I just spent a week by myself in the woods,'" Jagdmann says.
Known as Wolfcreek, the tradition began about 30 years ago and now is part of Middle School's New Horizons week. Sixth grade takes an overnight outdoor educational trip near Tampa, and eighth grade visits Washington, D.C., to learn about history and leadership.
ABC Action News visited Corbett Prep when the 2019-20 seventh graders returned from Wolfcreek.