The great thing about Compasswas that we brought a group ofboys to Woodberry who hadn’totherwise spent time here and gotto introduce them to our incrediblecampus, teachers, and students.
The camp really pushed the guys to solveproblems, whether that was building acardboard raft that they could (hopefully)paddle the length of the pool or figuringout how to build the best story for apodcast, which is the part of camp I spent alot of my time working on.
We really pushed themto use teamwork tofigure out problems,which they especiallyloved doing through ourleadership simulationthat made them allEuropean diplomatsin the era right beforeWorld War I. Eventhough we planned thatas an evening activity,before long they werenegotiating with eachother over breakfast,lunch, and dinner.
The campers got to experience so much of thecampus, but not in a “check the box” sort ofway. They really got to know it in the way wedo as students. They were spending time at theriver doing environmental science projects,enjoying the low ropes course and the climbingtower, and using some of the same academicspaces we use as students for their engineeringand podcasting units. The counselors spentmuch of the week designing a campus-widescavenger hunt that we hoped would stump thecampers, but when the guys did it they wereready to run all over the campus, and it wasclear that they really knew their way.
Luke Stone is a sixth formerfrom Juno Beach, Florida. Heis a prefect on Turner Hall,editor-in-chief of The Oracle,and a broadcaster and boardmember for WFSPN.
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