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PEAK Virtual Campout Celebrates Community Even in Time of Social Distance

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

More than 140 people from more than 40 families took part in the PEAK Program’s Virtual Campout on April 3, sharing their outdoor (or indoor) adventures, meals, and fun and games with each other on the PEAK Facebook and Instagram feeds even though they could not come together in person.

The campout was PEAK’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic that forced the closure of Heathwood’s campus at a time of year when students would normally be getting together for traditional PEAK campouts and other ways of collectively enjoying the outdoors. 

“Kelly and I and the rest of the PEAK staff thought the campout would be a great way for families to interact with each other in a creative way after several weeks of quarantine in the house,” said PEAK Director Stan Wood. “In addition, true to PEAK ideals, it encouraged everyone to spend time outdoors, even if it was in their own backyard.”

Throughout the week leading up to the campout, PEAK staff posted creative ideas for family bivouacs, campfire recipes, and fun activities on their social media feeds.  They also hosted a Google Meet with campout participants on the night of the event and, said Mr. Wood, “that was great to see families setting up tents, spending time around a fire cooking a meal or s'mores, and generally enjoying each other's company.”

If the campout pictures on PEAK’s Facebook page are anything to go by, all the participants had a great time!

The PEAK Program is Heathwood Hall’s signature outdoor leadership and experiential education program. With curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in every academic division, PEAK gives Heathwood students hands-on opportunities in Leadership Development, Environmental Education and Stewardship, and Wilderness Exploration. Learn more at https://www.heathwood.org/campus-life/peak-program.