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Day 11 – (Not Quite) Gently Down the Stream

Jul 20, 2016 10:29:00 PM

Today was our second annual whitewater rafting excursion down the Deerfield River. Proctor Jason Bravo reports.


Another fun and crazy day with a fun and crazy group of Experimentors: We took off to the Berkshire East Mountain Resort to go whitewater rafting!

Our middle school students took a break from studies to raft down the Deerfield River.To our delight, the weather was fairly warm and sunny, which meant that there would be no problem getting a little wet. Before the kids could get on the raft however, they had to put on their life vests and helmet and of course, carry along a paddle.

I was lucky to have been assigned a talkative and funny group of six girls: Lucia, Serena, Sami D, Aerin, Amelia, and Amethyst. Our guide, J.R., was very patient and helpful in making sure everyone was safe and having fun as we rafted down the Deerfield River.

As we paddled through the rapids, the yelling of the girls and the Experimentors inneighboring rafts signaled a serious amount of adrenaline. Even when we were drifting with the current and enjoying the scenery, the kids were full of energy. It wasn’t long before the girls grabbed the big bucket on the raft and filled it up with water to get their friends on the other rafts wet.

It was a great day to get off campus and cool off rafting down the Deerfield River.

own the river, I was pleased to see how well and quickly we were paddling all thanks to the girls’ excellent synchronization. Their hard work was rewarded with the opportunity to literally make the raft float vertically! J.R. attached a rope to the front of the raft, and then all of us, including J.R., moved all our weight to the back. J.R. tightly pulled on the rope and down we were partially submerged in water while the front end of the raft was directly above us. After that small frightening but cool experience, everyone jumped out for a refreshing swim.

Music + Rafting? Don't rock the boat, but you can rock out on the boat.As we continued our journey down the river, I was pleased to see how well and quickly we were paddling all thanks to the girls’ excellent synchronization. Their hard work was rewarded with the opportunity to literally make the raft float vertically! J.R. attached a rope to the front of the raft, and then all of us, including J.R., moved all our weight to the back. J.R. tightly pulled on the rope and down we were partially submerged in water while the front end of the raft was directly above us. After that small frightening but cool experience, everyone jumped out for a refreshing swim.

International student Natasha speeds down the mountain coaster at Berkshire East.

At the end of our rafting journey, we ate lunch and when I asked Sami, one of the girls on my raft, how it went, she said, “It was fun to work as a team and get closer to my peers.” She’s right; everyone on the raft did work as a team and it was the main reason why we were able to cover the distance we did and have fun at the same time.

To our surprise, the mountain resort had one last treat for us: we all got to ride on their Mountain Coaster! The adrenaline pumped we each reached the top of the mountain on our single-person cars. As the chain let go to send us down the rails, the yelling began and gradually became louder and louder as we flew down the mountain.

We are all about instilling a sense of character in our students. It’s great to have this much fun while doing it.

– Jason B.

Our middle school students had some great summer fun today!