(Updated at 4:40 p.m.)
(Dubois, Wyo.) – Earlier this week, Dubois High School students were treated to a day of rock climbing in Sinks Canyon with the help of National Outdoor Leadership School employees.
NOLS Rocky Mountain facilitated a half day of rock climbing for 11 students and four faculty on Tuesday, which was part of an Enrichment Day, Dubois High’s Jon Bressler said.
Bressler said the enrichment days began last school year to provide outdoor experiences for students on days that athletic teams were out. But soon interest grew beyond just the nonathletes and now all students get to participate. While one half of the students climbed on Tuesday, the other half kayaked and canoed on Torrey Creek. Later this school year there are plans for a day of downhill skiing in Jackson and rafting on the Snake River.
“They’re great days,” Bressler said. He said the events, which are wholly paid for by the school district, help build stronger relationships between students and staff as well as trust and team building. After last year’s events, students in a survey said the enrichment days showed them their teachers and administrators in a new light.
“NOLS wants to help our community have amazing outdoor experiences, overcome challenge that might seem insurmountable, and learn a little more about themselves,” NOLS RM Special Projects Manager Brian Fabel said. “If participants enjoyed this 3-hour climbing experience, then they might thrive on a NOLS course. After all, we believe that teenagers do have positive life-changing experiences when they go into the mountains on a NOLS course.”
Fabel said for many of those who participated it was their first time climbing outdoors.
(Click photos below to enlarge. Photos taken by Kyle Duba.)