Published : Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 4:58 PM
The annual three-day Joshua Tree camping trip mounted by the Pasadena campus of the International School of Los Angeles stands out as a special highlight of the campus’ educational offerings.
The trip’s 2019 edition saw 227 students, siblings, parents, and faculty/staff members come together for a bonding experience like no other. During their excursion in the national park, students discovered native flora and fauna, learned to rock climb, and explored the desert’s ecological system; all in both English and French.
The School takes Pasadena Campus students from Kindergarten through 5th grades and their parents camping for three unforgettable days and two amazing stargazing nights.
Students hike, explore, and learn how to live in a hostile/desert environment. During the day, teachers take their students on a scientific discovery tour of California native flora and fauna.
Students also get to practice their artistic skills with chalk and fusain on rocks and slate.
To complement the purely academic program, students also learn to work in groups and form life-long bonds that help them learn and improve important soft skills such as leadership, empathy, and resourcefulness.
The parents are also very engaged, they set up and prepare the camp, cook, clean as well as follow activities with the students.
Over 200 students, their parents, and 25 educators learn to live together in in the remote Californian desert.
The benefits of this unique field trip experience are not only experienced by students. Faculty and staff learn to work together and to rely on one another. The parent community creates very close bonds that enables to recreate a “village culture” for their children to grow up in.
The International School of Los Angeles / Lycée International is located at 30 Marion Avenue in Pasadena, CA. For more information visit https://www.internationalschool.la/ or call (626) 793-0943.