The Whole Learning School students are preparing for this week’s annual pilgramage to BNW, also known as Baker Near-Wilderness. Located just 15 minutes from TWLS’s location in Plymouth, this overnight camping trip builds valuable social, life and independent living skills. In addition to all of that, it’s incredibly fun for children and adults alike!
“The overnight experience really connects are students and our families in a deeper way, helping them feel fully connected to their community,” said Head of School Ann Rooney. “For our new students, BNW is often their first sleep-away without Mom and Dad,” Rooney finished.
This year, students will participate in two classes led by BNW Naturalists, including “Minnesota Animals” and “Digital Photography.” These classes are both interesting for students and it gives them valuable lessons in and ideas for leisure and recreation, a critical skill in adulthood.
In addition, students gain independent living skills and life skills by staying overnight, managing their gear at BNW, cleaning their cabins when they leave, gorcery shopping for food to eat on the trip, preparing that food and cleaning up afterwards.