Students Bond During Back-to-School Retreats and Seminars
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 8/18/2017


Upper School students had the opportunity to bond with one another during some special back-to-school retreats and seminars.

Seniors spent five days at Camp Covecrest in the North Georgia mountains enjoying nature and participating in community service. The theme of the week was “listen to your life” and was centered around encouraging students to spend time in silence and solitude to listen to what the Lord might be teaching them as they reflect on their life over the past 17/18 years. Faculty also shared brief testimonials on this theme. For the team-building activities, seniors were placed in groups of people they may not have known very well and completed high/low ropes courses and rafted down the Chattooga River. Many reported how fun it was to get to know and bond with people they had not previously known very well. Each senior also spent three hours earning community service by helping at the camp, either by working on a prayer garden or clearing trails of overgrowth. 

Freshmen and sophomores participated in Soujourn Adventures at Perimeter Church, where they completed numerous team-building activities, ropes courses, and ziplines within their advisee groups.

Juniors were introduced to the college and career coaching program at Whitefield through various seminars and assessments on campus. The focus of the day was to help students understand that self-appraisal is the first step in understanding how God might be calling them to use their unique gifts and talents. After taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, students feasted on Willy's mexican food in the newly-renovated Barnett Gathering Room and participated in a career roundtable with special guest speaker Bob Van Dillen, meteorologist with HLN “Morning Express with Robin Meade.” To finish out the day, students were treated to Kona Ice and lawn games on the Quad.