Prior to 2020, BFCCPS students in Grades 5-8 have attended overnight field trips to Nature’s Classroom, Quebec and Washington DC. Unfortunately, the pandemic has prevented us from offering these trips the last two years. The ongoing nature of the pandemic does present some challenges to the normal planning process. As such in the spring of 2022, students in Grades 5-7 will be attending trips to Nature’s Classroom and a special trip is being planned for students in Grade Eight.
Nature’s Classroom is a residential outdoor program located throughout the northeast that focuses on environmental science, social emotional learning and adventure education. Hands-on lessons allow students to process information using their critical skills, collaboration and teamwork and also engage in experiments, building challenges or a game. A medical staff member is on site 24×7. Like school, Nature’s Classroom procedures have adjusted to include provisions for operating safely with COVID considerations. We have been impressed with how they have balanced safety and the student experience.
Trip Details Prior to Spring 2020
Camp Beckett/Nature’s Classroom: Our fifth and sixth grade students attend overnight field trips to Camp Beckett (Grade 5) and Nature’s Classroom). The fifth grade attends a one night stay in the spring, and the sixth grade attends for two nights in the fall. Nature’s Classroom provides hands on science learning experience that emphasizes teamwork and inquiry. Photos: 2014 | 2012
Quebec City: Our seventh grade spend four-nights in Quebec City in Quebec, Canada. The Quebec City trip is one of the highlights of our French program and gives children an authentic, culturally rich opportunity to practice the language they have been studying while attending the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School. Students also meet pen pals they have been corresponding with since the start of the school year. | Photos: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Washington D.C.: Our eighth grade students spend four-nights in our capitol, Washington D.C. The trip is focused on viewing many important sites and memorials from our nation’s history. The classical influence on our founding fathers guide the rich educational approach, with the four pillars emphasized throughout the trip. Photos: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012