One class of Seawolves had their Tabor experience affected most by the Covid-19 pandemic—the Class of 2024. With restrictions to where they could be together, they had little time to bond as a class. To launch their final year at Tabor, the Student Life Office arranged for the Class of 2024 to attend a 24-hour leadership retreat at Camp Burgess in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
“Aside from using this time for leadership training, the primary focus for the weekend is that of preparing you and your class for a successful senior year,” wrote Jay Houck, Dean of Student Life, in a letter to the Class of 2024. “In order to lead the school, you are expected to come together as a class, enact the Tabor traditions, and set an example for the younger students. The purposes of this retreat include class bonding, team building, and development of greater familiarity for your classmates. The Burgess staff and select Tabor faculty are excited to take part in this experience with you. They have created a set of initiatives designed to be fun, yet informative.”
Co-Director of College Counseling Lauren Boucher P’09 spent the bus ride to Sandwich reflecting on what life was like for the community when the Class of 2024 first started at Tabor. When they got to Camp Burgess, she joined in on some of the challenges students participated in. In one of the activities, they stood on a stationary log and had to place themselves in order of their birthday—without speaking or falling off the log. “Communication skills, balance, and teamwork were all essential to ultimate success. For me, the tough thing was holding myself back from going into teacher mode and giving verbal instructions,” says Boucher.
In addition to organized class bonding activities, the Class of 2024 also enjoyed kayaking, paddle boarding, playing volleyball, reflecting in Adirondack chairs, and even jumping on the water trampoline.
“The Camp Burgess experience was a good time for 12th graders to come together, experience challenges, and enjoy an exceptional day,” reflects Boucher.