We all know what a staple cell phones have become — and, it’s no different for our students. Nonetheless, ECHS juniors recently took a three-day, technology-free trek (cameras only) backpacking into the backcountry. 130 students piled onto three buses and headed out to Joshua Tree National Park for first-hand lessons in self-sufficiency, perseverance and sustainability.
Away from their friends and family with only their group of 10 team members and the food and supplies they carried on their backs, the students navigated the trails of Joshua Tree. In between trail time, students participated in team building, wilderness survival and personal growth activities. They also cooked all of their own meals.
Jenni Taylor, ECHS Principal and outdoor extraordinaire, who accompanied students on the adventure, says–
Lucy Banuelos, an ECHS teacher who helped organize the trip has similar thoughts–
“It is tough, but the students come back more willing to share and connect in the classrooms. It’s amazing to see the students supporting each other as they problem solve and push to make it through. They know they each play a part in making the journey a positive one.”
Not everyone gets a chance to spend three days hiking in the country with friends, but we can all take a little break from our cell phones. So, we urge you to take a three-hour break from your cell phone this week to do something that connects you with your natural surroundings, family and community. Share your “three hours cell-phone-free” story on our Facebook page.