Outdoor Action Trip, a Ninth Grade Tradition

On the Outdoor Action Trip (O.A.T.), Country School's 9th grade students broke up into four groups and spent three days hiking and camping on the Appalachian Trail in northwestern CT and southwestern MA.
They hiked a total of 18 miles climbing three peaks, Mt. Everett, Mt. Race and Bear Mountain. In addition to the physical challenges of O.A.T., which included navigating complex scrambles and other forms of variable terrain, 9th graders also collaborated on campsite setup and cleanup, cooking, and delegating tasks essential to their group’s success. With its focus on class bonding and leadership, O.A.T. is a longstanding, celebrated, and essential component of the 9th grade experience at Country School.