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Corlears elementary students on overnight trips
Elizabeth PhillipsOctober 04, 20231 min read

Why We Take Our Elementary Students on Overnight Trips

Overnight trips provide a unique opportunity for children to experience new things, forge strong bonds with their peers, and develop independence away from home.

Each school year, Corlears takes its oldest elementary students on two different overnight trips: one in the fall for third- and fourth-grade students, and one in the spring for fifth graders. During these three-day adventures outside of the city, students foster community as they take risks in new environments and strengthen trust in one another through group activities.


The Benefits of Sleepaway Experiences

Sleepaway opportunities like our two annual trips can be valuable educational experiences for kids. It can provide them with an opportunity to bond with classmates and learn new skills.

Victoria Stempel, former Corlears Fourth Grade Associate Teacher, explained her favorite aspect of taking the annual fall trip to Ramapo has been “watching the kids work together as a team and support each other in trying new things. It's also amazing to see new friendships form!” 

She went on to explain the benefits she observed firsthand on these trips. “Kids discover a newfound confidence, independence, and self-sufficiency after spending time away from their families.”

Francesca Lawless, Third Grade Teacher, added, “The [fall overnight] trip will allow students to work together as a team to strengthen relationships and overcome obstacles. I can't wait to see everyone bond as a group and also grow as individuals!”


Learning Outside of the Classroom

Theresa Law, Corlears Science Teacher, discussed her experience chaperoning these overnight trips. “They allow me to connect what we learn within the science classroom with true real world experiences for the kids. It is always a joy to see the ‘ah-ha’ moment when they can make that connection on their own.”

During the trips to nearby sleepaway camps like Ramapo or Clearpool, two of the locations students have historically visited on these trips, students get to experience the outdoors and traditional camp experiences, like sleeping in cabins, having bonfires, playing outdoor games, and share family-style meals.

Theresa went on to say that, “It's also great seeing the kids build a sense of independence and powering through the difficulty of being away from home. It truly expresses how resilient and strong the kids are emotionally.”



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Elementary students climbing walls at camp with Corlears
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Corlears students at campfire at overnight camp
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Bus ride fun at overnight camp for Corlears Elementary students