At Camp Seton: Fifth graders to ‘orient’ themselves

Fifth graders from all over town are gearing up for an adventure next week when they will head to the Seton Scout Reservation for an orienteering day.

Led by their physical education teachers and staff from Camp Seton Scout Reservation, all fifth graders from the 11 Greenwich Public Elementary Schools will participate in the event, which was designed to give students the opportunity to meet and interact with those students who will be in their sixth grade class in middle school next year.

The town’s elementary physical education teachers  have developed an interdisciplinary project that blends fitness, writing, map reading, and team building skills in order to provide students with a day of adventure, friendship and interdisciplinary connections.

Students have been grouped with peers from their common feeder elementary schools — established by the Central, Eastern and Western Middle School clusters. In preparation for this experience, students have generated and exchanged a series of letters, in both Spanish and English, to each of their teammates prior to the event. During their physical education classes, students learned orienteering basics.

At Camp Seton, students will participate in adventure activities, which include a traversing wall, compass skills and orienteering, tent building, trust building activities and an interactive lesson on poisonous plants, spiders and snakes. All students will enjoy a picnic lunch together, allowing them to socialize with their future classmates and friends.

Orienteering days are being held at the reservation from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 29 (for Central feeder schools), April 30 (for Western feeder schools), and May 1 (for Eastern feeder schools). The rain dates are May 2, May 3 and May 6.

For more information contact Colleen Morey, program coordinator for physical education & health, at 203-863-8875 or [email protected]

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