Always a vital part of a child’s growth as a student enrolled at CCA are school sponsored trips/retreats. To truly find God at work in the world it benefits students to see those works first-hand whether through His creation on a zoo field trip or in quiet time during devotions on a retreat.
School sponsored field trips are a part of every grade level. As a general rule, students will be expected to participate in at least one field trip every grading period. These field trips are designed to be an extension of the education program taking place in the classroom.
Each grade level has certain field trips that are specific to their curriculum and program, although there are some field trip experiences that are repeated due to the shared value they hold for each grade and their curriculum needs (i.e. K-4 annual zoo field trip).
In Middle School, our 8th grade students also go on a trip for three days each May, as a way of putting some “closure” to their years at CCA, before graduating and moving on to high school. This trip, as with all CCA sponsored field trips, is supervised and planned out by CCA staff and parent sponsors. This trip aligns with the history curriculum for the 8th grade.
Days spent away from school in a retreat setting are very important to the school’s mission to “educate, train, and disciple students.” The process of fully educating, training and disciplining students must be carried out in a variety of learning environments beyond the traditional classroom experience. Jesus, the Master Teacher of all time, taught His disciples in a variety of settings using a variety of methods, but always within the context of sharing life together. When our students and teachers are able to get away from the building with it’s schedules, bells and other school trappings, they have the opportunity to interact with one another and “Share life” in ways that go well beyond the classroom learning environment.
Relationships are enhanced and lives are touched during these times beyond what normally happens while at school.
5th/6th grade students go to “Rock Springs” (4-H Camp near Junction City, KS) each fall on a one-night, two-day retreat. This retreat includes outdoor activities (archery, canoeing, horseback riding, etc.) along with a talent show and an evening campfire time that includes praise singing/worship and teaching from God’s Word.
7th/8th grade students go to “New Life Ranch” in Arkansas each September for a two-night, three day retreat that includes a variety of outdoor activities (i.e. canoeing, wall-climbing, ropes course, hiking, etc.) and daily spiritual input through chapels, daily devotional times, and an evening campfire with a spiritual message/praise singing. The students return from these trips having bonded more closely with their teachers, peers, and more importantly the Lord.