During the week Maine students have off during April, Migrant Education Program (MEP) Milbridge Regional Coordinator Juana Rodriguez Vazquez took eight elementary students to Camp Beech Cliff in Mount Desert. Camp Beech Cliff seeks to “inspire personal growth, interpersonal connection, and a deep appreciation of the natural world” through outdoor education, leadership, and recreation programs.
This day camp consisted of a variety of team building activities including hiking, navigating a rock wall, climbing, playing outdoors, and making s’mores. Students were determined to climb to the top of the rock wall, and cheered each other on as they attempted. After two students reached the top, they told Juana how proud of themselves they were and she used this experience as a teaching moment to emphasize the importance of not giving up.
Students also explored Acadia National Park and hiked to a fire tower they were able to climb to the top of. It was one student’s first time hiking, and he reported that it was the best day ever and he never could have imagined how fun it was to see the world from up above. Three Migrant Education parents also attended the trip and were grateful and excited about the camp experience and lessons learned there, highlighting that it would not have been something they would have had access to without the MEP.
Check out more photos from the day below: