New Third-Form Experience Gives Boys a Chance to Bond

Woodberry’s third and fourth formers are back on campus after class trips designed to push boys out of their comfort zones and help them deepen existing friendships or form new ones. 

The third form spent four days at Camp Horizons in the Shenandoah Valley for the inaugural Third Form Experience. Students were split into small groups — joined by a member of the faculty — for climbing, caving, and a wide variety of games. The boys enjoyed campfires in the evening and a visit the last night from the prefects and other sixth formers who live on dorm with the younger boys. The experience concluded with the “Woodberry Forest Games,” a series of competitions for a cooler of ice cream sandwiches and the chance to soak math teacher Mark O’Donnell in a dunk tank. 

Members of the fourth form continued the school’s relationship with Wilderness Adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. Groups of students canoed, climbed, caved, and backpacked while camping over four days and three nights. The boys carried all of their own supplies and cooked out each night on camp stoves. The Expedition operates on a “challenge by choice model,” and boys often find they’re able to top out on a climbing wall, rappel down a cliff, or sleep out under the starts with the support and encouragement of their classmates. 

Photos from both trips will be available next week on the Woodberry photo album.
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