Our FLOC Scholars program is visiting the Outdoor Education Center this week! So far the students have worked together as a team while building their group leadership skills. The high school students have not only enjoyed their time at the OEC, they have also visited Shepherdstown, West Virginia. During their time in Shepherdstown, they went on a tour of Shepherd University, visited WSHC radio station, participated in an interactive scavenger hunt, and received a minimalist running clinic. While at the radio station, 4 students were able to talk on-air about their personal experiences at the OEC and at FLOC in DC. Later they enjoyed lunch at the Rumsey Monument and then traveled to a local pottery studio. While at the studio, they viewed and discussed different aspects of art and focused on the non-traditional career path that our guest speaker has embraced. Students also had the opportunity to experiment with clay to make their own unique creation. Today, they are cleaning up our outdoor classroom at the OEC and canoeing down the Shenandoah River. Friday, they will have the privilege of visiting the Customs and Border Protection facility in Harpers Ferry, WV, where they will learn about another potential career path and the importance of leadership in the professional world. This week has been many students’ first time to West Virginia. We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful and mature group of high school students visiting with us this past week.
(Sarah Nowicki is an AmeriCorps Vista at FLOC’s Outdoor Education Center).