An important part of learning is first-hand experience. Middle school students at Chapel Hill Academy enjoy unique opportunities to grow as a class while traveling together on extended field trip excursions. These trips allow students to explore God’s world and provide heightened learning experiences and lasting memories with their classmates.
Sixth: Winter Retreat – Covenant Pines
Minnesota is the focus of sixth grade social studies at CHA. As an enrichment to this curriculum, sixth graders spend three days together at Covenant Pines in McGregor, Minnesota, to experience the great winter outdoors. During the retreat, students bond together while snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and winter tubing. Students also learn winter survival skills, build snow shelters, and many additional planned activities. Keeping God’s love and masterful creation the focus through evening worship and devotions, Winter Retreat provides a meaningful time for spiritual growth.
Seventh: Science and Environmental Camp
The seventh grade science curriculum focuses on God’s magnificent creation in the study of life science. Students attend a springtime, three-day retreat at a Christian camp. At camp, Christian biologists and outdoor education specialists provide hands-on, active learning experiences to enhance their understanding of science. They also guide students through a number of outdoor, physical challenges to develop their skills and deepen friendships with their peers. Environmental camp is a time of growth for our seventh grade students as they learn more about God, His creation, and themselves.
Eighth: Camp Forest Springs (Leadership) & East Coast (Capstone)
In the fall, eighth graders return to Camp Forest Springs to springboard their final year at CHA. This experience is designed to develop leadership and focus for the school year as an eighth grade class. As a capstone experience in the spring, eighth graders travel together on a one-week trip to the east coast. This memorable trip gives the students first-hand knowledge of the Christian foundation of our country while visiting historical sites they have studied. During this final CHA experience, memories and bonds are created that last a lifetime. It is truly an unforgettable way for students to complete their years of learning and growing together in Christ at CHA.