Friday, November 21, 2008

Project Adventure Annual Christmas Tree Sale

It's that time of year again. Christmas Tree harvest at Moraine Farm in Beverly MA.

Come to the antique barn off Route 97 (Cabot Street) in Beverly and pick out your tree from a large selection of fresh cuts. Or go out into the field and cut your own. Also, a wide assortment of our extremely popular wreaths (both decorated and undecorated) in sizes from door size to big enough for the side of your own barn!

Enjoy a tractor drawn hay ride, freshly baked cookies, hot chocolate and mulled cider. And bring your camera for the perfect holiday shots.

Price range: $20+ according to size
Cut your own tree: $75 - limited selection

Tractor Drawn Hay Rides
Wreaths - Greens - Bows - Refreshments

Saturday & Sunday,
December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 2008
The Antique Barn
735 Cabot St. Beverly (Rt.97)
From 10AM to 4PM

Support Project Adventure’s Youth Programs
Questions? Call Amanda Mazzaglia 978-927-3708

Available Saturday & Sunday,
December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 2008
The Antique Barn
735 Cabot St. Beverly (Rt.97)
From 10AM to 4PM

Support Project Adventure’s Youth Programs
Questions? Call Amanda Mazzaglia 978-927-3708

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gavin 7th & 8th Graders Build Community - Adventure Style

by Jeff Frigon, Project Adventure Youth and College Programs Specialist

Galvin Middle School Unit CF came to the Project Adventure Challenge Course at Moraine Farm, a group of 7th and 8th graders looking to welcome new students and build community.

Many of the students had experience with adventure from camps and other schools, but as a school, Galvin was new to adventure. The teachers did a great job priming the students for their day at Project Adventure, and everyone arrived prepared for a day outside and knowing what to expect.

The kids had fun playing, learning together and co-creating Full Value Contracts to be used throughout the day and to bring home with them to school. Laughter, belay commands, and sunshine mixed in the late-season air to make for a great day for all of us!

As coordinator for the day, I stood in the middle of the ropes course and spun around, seeing group after group in all the various moments of their day: belaying, climbing, playing, debriefing, reassuring a nervous climber, celebrating their successes and working through their challenges.

On their walk back to the busses, the teachers were already talking about how to bring the learnings from today back to their classrooms and how to make next year even better.

A day as rewarding for me as facilitator as it was for the client, Galvin Middle School!

Project Adventure offers a wide range of field trip programs for schools, agencies and camps. Programming is offered at Moraine Farm in Beverly MA or at your site - 7 days per week. Our Youth and College Trainers are amoung the best in their field and participate in extensive professional development and challenge course training.

Sample pricing, guidelines and program samples are available - also long term contracts.

To bring your class, group or camp program to the Challenge Course at Moraine Farm, contact Jeff or PA at or 978-524-4558. We are booking now for November and Spring, Summer 2009.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

California Master's Degree Cohort Starts with Portable Adventure

The first session of the California / Project Adventure Master's Degree Cohort began Friday night in Aliso Viejo, California. Kristen Okura, Physical Educator at Don Juan Avila Middle School is the coordinator of the six workshop series.

The first workshop, Portable Adventure, started on Friday at 5:30 p.m. with pizza and paperwork. Then PA trainer Topaz Murphy Terry jumped right in with activities and teaching the core components of adventure facilitation.

On Saturday morning when I checked back in with the group at mid morning, they were discussing the first 8 activities they had already learned!

One of the discussions I had the benefit of sitting in on was "Boundaries". Topaz talked about a new twist on using cones or boundary ropes or verbal prompts to remind students were the boundaries are. She talked about using "in the action" and "out of the action" to describe to prompt students.

"Are you in the action?" "What does it feel like to be in the action?" "What did it feel like when you were out of where the action is happening?".

She talked about using with a group of fifth graders who quickly learned that being "out of where the action happening" became boring, lonely and not so much fun. Their desire to be "in the action" or within the boundaries became predicated on their own experiences and learning...and not on Topaz repeatedly saying, "Susie, remember to stay in the boundaries".

A large discussion began and the group talked about ways to apply this new language and places where it really wouldn't be applicable.

We did a brief check in on the next workshops coming up. Participants talked about how these workshops are so relevant to the actual work they are doing. And how the projects, that they will work on with the Plymouth State advisor, Jamie Hanon, will be truly meaningful to their day-to-day teaching.

At this point, regretfully, it was time for me to pack up and head out. But I was delighted to hear the group talking about how they were going to communicate between workshops, possibly begin a study group, share and discuss projects and more.

If you are interested in learning how you can start or participate in a Master's in Education with a focus on Adventure through Plymouth State University and Project Adventure in your area ... email or call 978-524-4619.