As the 58 members of Holy Spirit School’s Class of 2017 boarded a bus to Camp Cazadero, their excitement was palpable. Emotions ran high in the parking lot as well.
Parents of these students have already experienced their last “first day of school at Holy Spirit,” their last Advent program and recently, their last Holy Spirit School pictures – this time in red graduation gowns. So many more “lasts” await this group.
That wasn’t the focus of their recent adventure though. The eighth graders went off for a week of team building and togetherness. Some have been in the same class since age four and some are new to the group, but they are living their last year before high school together. As they think about high school applications, entrance exams and all that awaits them, they spent a week reflecting on these experiences and more.
Madison Craig, a member of the Holy Spirit Class of 2017 has allowed us to share her reflection here.
Last week my class and I spent a week at Camp Cazadero. We focused on team building and leadership through low ropes courses and group challenges. I saw God in nature during my solo sits where I was one in nature. From now on I will not waste food because I now realize how much food we waste in today’s world. I made so many new friends that I would not have made if we had not had the opportunity to go to camp. The camp experience helps you bond with so many people and you make many friends you will have for the rest of your life. My favorite part was the last night in the cabin when we were so emotional that we would never be together like that again. After, we sat around in the bunkroom and shared our favorite memories and experiences of our years at HSS. This reminded me that I am surrounded by so many amazing people. The experiences I had at camp are memories I will never forgot, and I will cherish forever. – Madison Craig 8W