Before the start of school, sixth graders head to middle school camp, so they can learn about the unity of their new school.

Soft SkillsEvery year, the Seward Middle School camp happens for three days, and Bruce Dickenson has looked forward to keeping up with 100 sixth graders for 25 years.  He is retired now at age 75 but he still is a counselor.

Sixth graders and their teachers will go to Camp Carol Joy Holling near Ashland for a weekend.  Boys will stay in cabins, and girls will be a bit more comfortable in air conditioned bunk rooms.  The intention, no matter where they stay is to create unity among incoming middle schools students.

“We wanted to come up with something to help the sixth graders become more cohesive,” said Rick Weatherholt, a Seward Middle School counselor. “It’s sort of the kickoff into the middle school atmosphere.”

The camp is funded by donations from local businesses.  Weatherholt says that it’s an educational experience, not just campfires and marshmallows.

“We have a curriculum written up and objectives that we meet with sessions,” he said “We try to teach awareness through respect for the environment.”

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