Our seventh grade students experience AstroCamp each October. This hands-on, physical science camp held in the mountain town of Idyllwild, is designed to inspire students to become science students. This shared learning experience is also a special part of social development and team-building in our 7th grade class each year. The beautiful, 80-acre campus our students get to spend three days on is surrounded by pine, oak and manzanita trees. The students are housed in campus dorms and meals are served in a lodge-style dining hall.
While at camp, the students participate in ten science classes. The classes are small, where they are engaged in 21st century thinking skills. Some of the classes that the students had at AstroCamp this year were “Building and Launching Rockets,” “Atmosphere and Gasses,” “Microgravity,” “Lights and Lasers,” “Messier Madness,” and “Cosmic Landers.” Additionally, all students had the opportunity to participate in several exciting physical activities, such zip-lining and telescope-viewing on an interactive night hike!
Students stay very busy as they engage in learning and collaboration in both outdoor and indoor classroom environments. The favorite free time activity is almost always Gaga Ball and while students are outdoors most of the time, they get to enjoy wildlife, such as deer, wandering right through the camp!
St. Paul’s alumni, when asked about their seventh grade experience, usually always mention AstroCamp! They remember the trip up the mountain and the many memories made during their time at AstroCamp. This 18-year-long St. Paul’s traditional trip has become a middle school landmark learning experience.