Off-Site Trips: Pro Vita 2013

All of these trips go beyond the normal purview of Berkshire’s curriculum and therefore require students to pay for transportation, lodging, and food costs while off-campus.  These costs are included in the price below but may vary depending upon enrollment and other factors.  If cost is an issue, please speak to Mr. Turner.  His office is located on the second floor of Bellas/Dixon.

A Walk in the Woods – Trail work on the AT (2/23-2/28) - $300
Lead faculty member: Lissa McGovern lmcgovern@berkshireschool.org

Imagine participating in an endeavor that over two million people from all over the world do on some part of a 2,172 mile stretch of trail in America each year—hike the Appalachian Trail.  At the same time that you hike along the trail that millions of folks have traveled on, you will also have the opportunity to offer important trail maintenance work at the beginning of the hiking season for a section of the trail.  Participants will sleep in shelters along the trail, make meals together and experience a special connection to one of America’s most precious resources.  Because of weather considerations, participants on this trip will travel to a more southern part of the AT in Virginia on which they will hike, do trail maintenance, and live, at least for a few short days. 

Wyoming – America’s Energy Colony at a Crossroads (2/23-3/1) - $1,200
Lead faculty member: Donald Anselmi danselmi@berkshireschool.org

Explore the social, economic, and environmental changes that Wyoming has experienced as the energy needs of the United States have transformed over the past century.  Students should expect various speakers, readings, and interactive experiences involving visits to museums, coal and trona mines, industrial wind mills, dams, oil wells, geological formations, and prehistoric sites, as well as hiking, snowshoeing and hopefully snowmobiling and skiing through the Red Desert and Wind River Range.  Through interactive experiences, students will learn about renewable energy sources as well as fossil fuels, and how the demand for both is dictated by environmental initiatives and government policy.  The ultimate goal of this course is for students to walk away with a better understanding of the geologic wealth of Wyoming and the impact these resources have on the entire American energy industry.  All students will journal and blog throughout the trip as well as complete a power point to share the experience and with students on campus at the March 1st assembly.

Think Transatlantic – Germany (2/22-3/2) - $2100
Lead faculty member: Andrew D’Ambrosio adambrosio@berkshireschool.org

Students will dive deep into a study of Germany and the importance of transatlantic relations.  Through the homestay experience, attending a German high school, and learning about Germany’s rich history, art, society, and economics, students will gain a clear perspective of German life and culture.  In addition, educators will be on site to help students explore Germany’s rich history and deep artistic roots.  Students will explore Berlin, Germany’s cultural, political, historical, and art hub.  The group will learn about the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg gate, and Potsdamer Platz in person.  Next, students will head to Hagen, a city in the western federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia—home to nearly 200,000 inhabitants and the Hagen Westphalian Open-Air Museum.  In the Blätterhöhle cave in Hagen the oldest fossils of modern people in Westphalia and the Ruhr were found. They are dated to the early Mesolithic, 10,700 years B.C.  To deepen their perspective, students will attend The Hildergardis School with the student in their host family as well as experience the cities of Cologne and Münster through the eyes of both a historian and an artist.  

Flight Training in Florida (2/23 – 3/1) - $3000
Lead faculty member: Michael Lee mlee@berkshireschool.org

The students on this trip will be going to a fully credentialed and FAA certified flight school based in Lakeland, Florida.  They will undergo initial flight training for Private Pilot and will complete approximately 8 to 10 hours of flight training and 15 hours of ground school training during the week. The group will be accompanied and supervised by Michael Lee (Program Coordinator and Teacher of Berkshire's Aviation Science Program, Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor, and father of 3 Berkshire alums) and Peggy Loeffler (Chief Flight Instructor from Great Barrington Airport).  The fee includes travel TO Florida, flight training, accommodation, and most meals. 

If you’re interested in joining any of these excursions, please discuss the trip with your parents and ask your parents to email the lead faculty member for the trip by Friday, October 18th. Please be aware of tryout schedules for spring activities (the week of Pro Vita) and winter-varsity team end-of-season tournaments.  In addition, AP courses may meet during the week of Pro Vita.  None of these events preclude your participation but you should speak with your coach/teacher before enrolling in the course.  From there, trip leaders will contact your parents and you with more detailed information about the specifics of the trip. 

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