Fifth: Fall Retreat – Living Waters Bible Camp
Each fall, fifth graders spend two days away on a retreat to Living Waters Bible Camp in Westby, Wisconsin. Students enjoy growing together as a class and individually as followers of Christ while reflecting on God’s creation. Highlights include learning sessions in astronomy, Creation, plant and animal life, and fossils. In addition to the many teambuilding activities and evening campfire, staff lead devotions with the students under the stars.
Sixth: Winter Retreat – Covenant Pines
Minnesota Studies is a course offered every other year as a looped curriculum opposite World History for fifth and sixth graders. 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: Spring Retreat – Camp Forest Springs
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 Camp Forest Springs in Westboro, Wisconsin. 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 deepened friendships with their peers. Environmental camp s a time of growth for our seventh grade students as they learn more about God, His creation, and themselves.
Eighth: Leadership – Camp Forest Springs & Culmination – East Coast
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 culminating experience of their years leading into high school, eighth graders travel together on a one-week trip to the East Coast in May. This memorable experience offers 8th grade students first-hand knowledge of the Christian foundation of our country while visiting historical sites they have studied. During the trip, 8th graders create memories together and bonds 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. (Please note this trip is optional)