Each spring the junior class floats down the Green River, through Desolation and Gray Canyons, for a four-day river trip in the canyon wilderness of central Utah. Students leave the distractions of technology, classes, and routine to bond with their classmates and embrace their new role as next year’s leaders in our community. Additionally, the trip gives students a chance to refresh their minds and spirits before their final week of the school year.
The weather during the river trip included beautiful spring temperatures and a bit of wind and rain. Even with these weather challenges, students maintained a very positive, upbeat attitude; the faculty, staff, and river guides were all very impressed with how well students handled themselves! Students did a great job learning how to stay safe and warm in the wilderness.
Indeed, faculty and staff reported that the students who were the most reluctant on the first day of the trip were the same students who said, “this river trip is my favorite experience since coming to Wasatch!” Students got to know new classmates, gained self-confidence from learning outdoor skills, appreciated the gorgeous landscape in Utah, and learned about the natural and cultural history of the Green River.
Sometimes the experiences that seem the most challenging to students at first are the memories that stay with students the longest. Like the student who rowed a boat seven miles down the river by herself who now wants to be a river guide and learn more rafting skills.