Upper School Overnight Trips
BwCCS2 prides itself on experiential learning and extending the walls of the classroom. Children enjoy up to 10 field trips each year-- museums, theaters, zoos, and much more, all at minimal cost to families.
Once a year, our upper school students (grades 3 - 5) have the opportunity to go on an educational overnight trip. These trips are often remarked among the highlights of each child's time at BwCCS2 and they are designed to enhance the traditional learning experiences one can have in the classroom. This shared experience helps to build community and it also gives students a common context for academic discussion. Teachers prepare students in advance of the trip to reap the greatest benefit from the expertise provided by the guides and docents at each venue.
Included in overnight trips are:
All meals, including special meal options,
Transportation on a tour bus,
Full participation in all planned tours and activities,
Detailed itinerary and packing list
Please see below for more information concerning each grade's specific trip and the forms needed so that students may attend. ALL forms must be completed in order for your child to attend their specific grade's overnight trip.
3rd Grade Overnight Trip - Frost Valley (YMCA)
June 5-6, 2019
Our third grade classes love their visit to Frost Valley YMCA—the forest, fields, hiking trails, lakeshore, and riverbeds—where education lives and breathes. Here, students enjoy nature, adventure, growth, and fun. BwCCS2 has been partnering with Frost Valley for 5 years; our favorite classes have been water ecology, organic gardening, snow tubing, outdoor living games, and of course the campfire with S'mores!
4th Grade Trip - Ashokan Center
March 25-26, 2019
The mission of the Ashokan Center is to nurture hearts and minds for the challenge of tomorrow through shared experiences in nature, history, and the arts. With 385 acres of Catskills forest, streams, and farmland, The Ashokan Center offers a special blend of geologic, natural, and human history. Their education programs has served countless students over the last 50 years, and they proudly host the longest-running outdoor education center in the region.
The Ashokan Center is highly attuned to the current goals and standards of educational practice. Their curriculum meets educational standards in the Common Core and STEAM education approaches. The Ashokan Center has been partnering with BwCCS2 for 4 years to provide the best experience for every student. Our favorite activities have been blacksmithing, tinsmithing, broom-making, maple sugaring, and experiencing a real 1817 schoolhouse!
5th Grade Trip - Philadelphia
May 30-31, 2019
Our fifth grade class enjoys an amazing trip to one of the most historically rich cities in America: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students will explore the national historic sites related to the founding of the United States. Our overnight trip includes visits to Independence Hall, (where the Declaration of Independence & US Constitution were debated and signed), the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, One Liberty Observation Deck, and much more. We have dinner at Philadelphia's Hard Rock Cafe, stay in a great hotel, and even run the famous "Rocky Steps" outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Philadelphia offers a wealth of art and culture, parks and gardens, and we're thrilled to extend this learning opportunity to our oldest students at BwCCS2 Elementary School.