On the morning of Wednesday May 9th, 2012 sixty-four boys and sixty-eight girls from Bordentown Regional Middle School’s 7th grade arrived at the NJSOC accompanied by fifteen teachers for a three-day, two-night stay. Making his forth trip as school coordinator, Mr. Sam Tola organized their annual visit to the Northwestern New Jersey woods.
During their stay students had the opportunity to participate in the team-building activities called Action Socialization Experiences (ASEs). Later, twelve groups rotated throughout several courses including Forest Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, Water Ecology, Confidence Course, Survival, Perceptual Awareness, Fish Ecology, Climbing Wall, and Archery. On their first night, students enjoyed the glow of a campfire on Piney Point. Before leaving on the last morning of their stay, BRMS students had a chance to paddle around the lake in Boating, and had a little fun during New Games.
Bordentown has been coming to Montclair State University’s environmental field camps for decades. It has been a long tradition that continues because the experience allows students to extend learning beyond the classroom where they see, touch and learn in an experiential manner. When asked, Mr. Tola stated that three words can best describe the stay for the students: Collaboration (among students in group activities), Exciting (because of all the new experiences), and Challenging (the Confidence Course tested the students’ abilities to go beyond themselves).