Purposefully set one month into the new school year, the trip serves symbolically as the end of the beginning of Middle School. Former St. John's Lower Schoolers and new students to the School are mindfully mixed together as our teachers aim to have everybody return to Houston feeling they are equally a part of the School.
For more than twenty years, home base for this 4-day, 3-night experience has been Mo Ranch in Hunt, TX. Mo's highly trained staff guides our kids through its Environmental Leadership Program. Group leaders challenge and encourage students to set personal and group goals for the various activities, and focus on helping students to communicate and cooperate. The 'challenge by choice' mentality helps students push themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of doing. It often lends itself to raucous and robust support of classmates and teachers alike when goals are reached, fears are faced and overcome!
Beyond the physical and mental challenges presented by the famous MO ROPES course
, many 6th grade students overcome the challenges of sleeping away from home for three nights and all that this entails. Kids return to campus having not only made new friends but also having tried things they might never have thought possible. A highlight of the year for many, this trip allows the 6th grade class and its teachers to get to know one another extremely well as they launch their Middle School journey together. Hearing students share lessons learned in the post-trip assembly caps off this fun learning experience.