By Ella H.
When the bus arrived at the Isabella Freidman Retreat in the Connecticut Berkshires, everyone was so eager to get off the bus to find out who their roommates will be.
When we all got settled in, the Teva Educators told us a little about the Teva program, including how when we wasted anything like a piece of plastic it impacts the Earth in a negative way. The plastic can be left on the soil at the land fill for up to a thousand years and while it is very slowly decomposing the chemicals from that very piece of plastic that you threw away seeps into the ground and pullouts our clean water. Which partly because of all the non-decomposing waste that humans produce all living things need to share less than one percent of clean water.
Later that day after our stomachs were full of grilled cheese we meet our groups (each group had about 10 kids, two to three Teva Educators and one chaperone). With our groups we took a short hike around the beautiful lake while learning about some trees, plants (including jewel weed, and dandelion) and playing new games.
In my group our favorite game was called “camouflage,” a game similar to hide and seek. When the sun disappeared, our groups went on a night hike as we tested our eye sight in the dark. After we finished our night hike, the entire grade went down to the fire pit to end the long, but fun day with some s’mores and socializing.
We woke up to the cold Berkshire morning with a cup of warm hot chocolate. After we recited ed our morning prayer and had a breakfast of scrambled eggs and potatoes, the grade once again split up and took a five-hour hike. This hike up 1,071 feet high mountain might seem intimidating, but really the hike was made mostly out of breaks. Not saying that we did not hike a lot, everyone did about two hours’ worth of hard hiking going up slippery rocks and dead trees. Eventually, each groups reached the overlook at their own pace. The overlook is a cliff that overlooks the beautiful Berkshires. While sitting on the uneven rock and eating our sandwiches, everyone was amazed at the sight of mountains covered in trees spotted with the many colors of autumn.
The lessons that we learned from this amazing trip will be unforgettable. Thank you to the amazing chaperons and the Teva educators who made this trip successful.