Camp Joy Trip
The annual 6th grade trip
Tuesday, April 17 – Wednesday, April 18
We depart CCDS for Camp Joy on Tues, April 17 at 7:45 a.m., stay overnight, and return to CCDS the next day, April 18 at 2:00pm. Camp Joy is a beautiful outdoor educational facility located on 317 acres of forest, wetlands, and fields an hour north in Clarksville, OH. Their outdoor high ropes and group initiative courses focus on inclusion, supportive teamwork, and goal setting, and the wetland geology class and evening astronomy program reinforce topics from science class.
For the past three decades our trip to Camp Joy is the culmination of our integrated Ohio history curriculum. Beyond just the Ohio unit in social studies, classrooms invest time in the weeks before and after our trip to prepare for and reflect on how inclusion and support can help prevent intolerance and prejudice. We will again not participate this year in Camp Joy’s Survival on the Underground Railroad living history play as they are still rewriting it to be more 6th grade appropriate, but to further our goals of teaching inclusion and compassion we have a guided tour at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Thursday, April 19 (pack a lunch).