Ages: Middle school (grades 6-8) in fall of 2016
Limited to 12 boys and 12 girls
Dates: The program includes weekly afterschool gatherings plus four seasonal overnights
- Afterschool: Tuesdays, Sept 12, 2017 – May 9, 2017 (4pm-6pm)
- Overnights: Sept 17/18, Nov 11/12, 2017, Apr 7/8, May 12/13, 2018
ABOUT THE WAYSTONES MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM
Our middle school program focuses on the transition from late childhood to early adolescence, which is marked by increasing self-reliance, potential for focus and mastery of skills, and a time for finding authentic identity within a supportive community.
- Connecting kids to their anchors and supports (peoples, places, things)
- Finding and developing their skills and gifts
- Forging pathways to sharing these skills and gifts with others
Middle schoolers will take up apprenticeship in different guilds, societies of learning and craft based on shared interests, each one lasting for a series of afterschool sessions. Are you an artisan? A scout? A storyteller? A fire-tender? Guilds will allow for a deep exploration of these identities and related skills.
At a time of packed academic and extracurricular schedules, we also value the Waystones program as a place to step away from detailed agendas and into the timelessness of the natural world, finding moments of both peaceful presence and wild exuberance on the land. There will be time for group games, stories, discussions, and exploration.
A pillar of our program is four weekend overnights, which allow for extended time on the land to practice our skills, work on projects, and connect with each other and Rock Point.