At the end of April, the grade 10 class headed out on their hiking trip to Frontenac Provincial Park. For many, this was their first wilderness experience and it promised to be a challenging one.
The challenge this year didn't come in the form of long hikes with a heavy backpack, but instead, it was the wet weather that we received. The forecasts as we went into the Park, were not great. A lot of rain with cool temperatures were promised. Not a real surprise at the end of April, but what added to the situation was the fact that winter really only ended the week before. As a result, we decided to set up camp once and not switch campsites.
The good news in all of this, was the fact that we would not see any bugs during this trip. The weather also cooperated on the first day, allowing most of the group to set up camp while it was still dry. As we were split over two campsites, one group was very successful in this, while the other struggled.
The second day we had planned a day hike to explore some of the parts of Frontenac Park that we have not travelled before. This plan came crashing down as a number of students showed up to the 2nd campsites without their rain jackets, just as the rain had really began. There were also many complaints about the quality of the set up of their camp. Seems that not everyone helped to set up the camp. The decision was made that the members of the 2nd campsite would travel back to the 1st site to ensure that they were well set up for the second night, with good tarps set up and enough firewood to last the night.
On the final day, the rain stopped as we started hiking. A perfect way to enjoy the day. Now, the hiking may not have been great distances, but the weather certainly ensured that students were pushed beyond their comfort zones. Which is where the best learning occurs.