Trips & Experiences
St. Jude’s Academy Upper School students are given once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to take trips around the world for educational purposes. Students learn about other cultures and their history while seeing breathtaking sights, and in doing so, gain a deeper appreciation for global engagement and international-mindedness. Last year, our Upper School students had a blast embarking on a trip to Prague, and this year, we are excited to announce that our students will be visiting the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Outdoor Educational Trips
Why are Outdoor Education trips important?
In truth, there are many reasons for our students (Grades 7 to 12) take part in overnight and day trips. We do these trips to let the students get to know each other better – the first activity usually involves naming each person in the group, something few can do at the beginning but most can do by the end. We do these trips to cause students to stretch and grow in ways they aren’t often exposed to at St. Jude’s. It’s not every day they are asked to climb a high ropes course and have the thrill of overcoming their own fears. We do these trips so that they can learn new skills, such as starting a fire with flint and steel, or building a shelter with only fallen logs. The obvious question is: “When will they need such skills?” Let’s be honest, it’s unlikely they’ll find themselves trapped in the great outdoors without shelter, so we need to look deeper. As they faced the various challenges ahead of them, most of the students didn’t think they could succeed. Yet, in the end they’d all did it. They learned they can do things they never thought possible, and that is a life skill worth embracing. So, why do a trip like the one this year to Cedar Glen? Because life is so much more than what students are exposed to in their day to day lives, and this is a sneak peak at what else is out there and what they can accomplish if they simply step out and face the challenge head on.