Orientation Trips: Building Community

dsc_0151On Monday, September 3, twelve Orientation Trips piled into the White Mountain buses and caravans to embark on three-day adventures all over Northern New Hampshire. Orientation serves as a way to introduce students to The White Mountain School experience, while breaking the ice and making a dozen new friends in the process. While this program serves as a way for students to learn about the ins and outs of White Mountain, it also inspires growth, team-building, and working towards a common goal within a small community environment.

On Wednesday, September 6, students rolled back into campus beaming with stories of triumph through evening thunderstorms, reaching the top of their very first rock climb, or taking on a Class II rapid in a kayak despite their fear of fast-moving water. We value the opportunity Orientation Trips provide for students to challenge themselves and each other to reach their goals and create new ones as they approach the first day of classes.

The twelve Orientation Trips this year included:

Backpacking: North to South

Backpacking: South to North

Canoeing Lake Umbagog – North

Canoeing Lake Umbagog – South

Community Service

Mountain Biking: Kingdom Trails

Day Hiking: Pinkham Notch

Rock Climbing: Franconia Notch/Rumney

Rock Climbing: North Conway

Whitewater Kayaking

Rock Climbing: Southern White Mountains

Day Hiking: Waterville Valley

Click here to view photos from this year’s Orientation Trips.

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