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Science Camp and Age of Sail
I wrote many essays for school, so I thought that this essay might be a little interesting for other people to read.
My fifth grade year has been full of many new and exciting, but different experiences. In the beginning of the year, we started off with a trip to Age of Sail, and we recently returned from Science Camp. Although we had these two long field trips in 5th grade, they were alike and different in various aspects.
First of all, these two field trips were very similar. During Age of Sail and Science Camp, we received personal letters from our families. Also, during those experiences, we learned how to be independent. For example, I learned not to run to my parents for help, and instead to think about the problem and try to solve it myself. We also took care of ourselves by packing our own clothes and items and by making our bed. Another similarity of the two experiences was how we learned numerous new songs. For Age of Sail, we learned “John Kan-aka,” “Little Sally Racket,” and “Leave Her Johnny,”, and at Science Camp we learned so many songs about nature that I would faint if I had to name all of them. Plus, both trips were both overnight, which meant you needed to pack extra clothes, a toothbrush, a sleeping bag, and many other very important items. Just like Age of Sail, Science Camp had bunk beds too. The only thing that I had trouble with for these field trips was when I felt homesick. Lastly, they were both a very memorable and fun experience.
In addition, although there were some similarities, there were also some differences. For example, during Age of Sail, we had chaperones, or Tall Sailors to pitch in and make sure we were safe. However, at Science Camp, the parents were not able to volunteer and they had to rely on Walden West’s staff to take care of us. Plus, Age of Sail was just one night away from our families, whereas Science Camp was a WHOLE WEEK away. What we learned was very different too. For Science Camp, we learned how to help and protect nature, but for Age of Sail, we learned about history and how hard it was to live in the olden days. Because we were learning about nature at Science Camp, it made our trip more modern day too. Science Camp was also more social. When we were on the Balclutha, we would always be with our same classmates for the whole trip. However, when we were at Science Camp, we were in cabins mixed with new people, and students from our own school. These two experiences were also very unalike, because of the better food and sleep we got at Science Camp, whereas the food we had to prepare and the few hours of sleep we got at Age of Sail. The last thing that was different was that the staff and field instructors at Science Camp were being themselves and the Captain, First Mate, and Second Mate living on the Balclutha were acting as how characters would if we were really on a ship made in the late 1800s.
In conclusion, Science Camp and Age of Sail were both super fun in numerous similarities and differences. No matter what the differences were, I thought that these field trips were two very useful experiences that might help me when I get older.
Article posted March 29, 2012 at 08:18 PM •
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