Grade Four’s MacSkimming Adventure

By June 9, 2017 Academics


Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
~ Roger Miller

Elmwood’s fourth-grade girls did both.

If rain spurred the growth of children the way it does flowers, then our Grade Four girls would be as tall as J.R.R. Tolkien’s ents after their trip to MacSkimming last week. The rain fell (okay, it poured), the mosquitoes buzzed (okay, they bit… a lot), yet our girls ignored both while participating in two full days of group initiative tasks and habitat explorations.

From group juggling to crossing a river of boiling hot chocolate, from figuring out what lives in an ephemeral pond to taking on the role of a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore in a game of “Predator-Prey,” from building shelters to survive an overnight in the woods to leading—or being led on—a blindfolded trust walk to learning the basics of orienteering, their days were full of learning and fun.

As challenging as the circumstances were, our girls showed perseverance and were the best ambassadors Elmwood could have asked for. They were risk-takers and inquirers, explorers and adventurers.

If, as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow says, “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain,” then our girls heeded his advice well. They let it rain and simply got on with the fun.

~ Alison Holmes, Grade Four Teacher


An independent International Baccalaureate (IB) school for outstanding girls JK-12, Elmwood has been inspiring girls to reach their full potential since 1915.