Archmere Admissions in the Twittersphere

It’s official! Kristin and I have launched an Archmere Admissions Twitter account. We’ll use it as another great way to tell Archmere’s story and highlight so much of what makes it such a great place to be.

So why tweet? Twitter provides a unique window into daily life at Archmere, campus events, and news that would otherwise have been inaccessible to anyone other than students and staff. We’ll be able to quickly share updates, too brief to blog about, right from our smartphones so you can experience what’s happening on Archmere’s campus in real time.

We’ll be tweeting several times per week with campus and admissions-related events, student spotlights, and much more. Also, be sure to check in on Thursdays when we post some fun throwback pictures of people, events, and organizations in Archmere’s history. If you’re on twitter, please do follow us and re-tweet whatever resonates with you! If you’re not on twitter, you can still see our feed by checking back to the blog and taking a look at our twitter widget in the left hand column!

Follow us on Twitter @AuksFlyTogether!

Archmere Senior Boys Camping Trip – Auks Really Do Fly Together

At the summit of Old Rag Mountain in picturesque Shenandoah National Park, VA, Archmere’s boys of the Class of 2015 took a group photo before beginning their 4.5 mile hike back to the vans at the foot of the mountain, 3,284 vertical feet below. FRS-sIexAV1Zb8Z-IvvG1G5TtNqTgqbHf3y_F4RJVsg

For the past several years, a few colleagues and I have been taking 30-40 rising senior boys to Shenandoah National Park for a few days of camping and hiking.

We arrived on Sunday August 3 and after unpacking and setting up our tents, completed a short (2 mi) hike to Hawksbill Peak. The peak features some incredible views and the trek upwards always gives the boys a taste of the 8.2 mile loop in store for Day 2.

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We returned to camp and the boys worked in groups to build campfires and cook their own dinners – this particular venture met with varying levels of success, but all of our campers did manage to get a fire going and grill some burgers and dogs.  Everyone ate their fill and all was well…

…until around 9pm when it began raining and continued to pour for several hours. Roughly half of our students (as well as 2 teacher chaperones) ended up sleeping in vans due to flooded tents.

Fortunately, the rain did not dampen (see what I did there?) the boys’ spirits for the next day’s hike through the White Oak Canyon Loop – a favorite due to the swimming holes and natural waterslides (pictures forthcoming) at the bottom of the canyon. After a grueling 4 mile trek upwards and back to the vans, the boys were very glad to chow down on fried chicken and french fries. Only the healthiest of food choices on this trip.

Tuesday’s hike to the summit of Old Rag was the central feature of the trip. Old Rag is technically not in Shenandoah National Park and in fact is a 40 min van ride down the mountain and through Sperryville to get to the Old Rag parking lot. From there it is 1.5 miles to the trailhead where we begin the hike.

After a few hours of some grueling switchbacks, we emerged from the dense foliage of the mountain to a large rocky clearing about 3/4 of the way up the mountain. We stopped there for lunch

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and looked up and out towards the rocky incline that winds up and around leading to the peak. Universally, the reaction from the boys was, “we’re doing that!?”

“Yes.”

The beautiful thing about the rock scramble is that it serves as a microcosm for what the whole trip is really about. The hikers must challenge themselves and rely on one another as they hoist themselves up and around rocks and crevices offering a hand here, a boost there, until they all reach the top of the mountain, exhausted, but having grown in self-knowledge, maturity and confidence.

So too, did the boys arrive back at Archmere Academy on the afternoon of Wednesday August 6, exhausted, and better for it.

Now it’s time to prepare for the August 20th Freshman Orientation. More updates coming soon.