MS Leaders Club Hits the Trees


To celebrate the accomplishments of the Middle School Leaders Club for the latest school year, 45 club members traveled to the Adventure Park at Long Island in Wheatley Heights to challenge their bodies and minds on the obstacle courses in the trees.

This year’s Leader Club group was the first to attempt this field trip, according to adviser Diane Wahrenburg, who said, “I was a bit nervous and wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew these students would step up to the plate and challenge themselves, which is exactly what they did.”

Prior to climbing on at least three courses each, the club members were instructed on how to use their harnesses and clips properly so they would be attached to the safety cable for each course at all times.  The courses were color coded and progressed from lower, easier courses, to higher and more difficult courses.  Club members mustered their courage to jump off platforms, test their balance and strength, and zip line through the trees. Mental toughness was also a definite requirement.

“With the encouragement and help of their friends, some of our club members completed courses they did not think they could handle and pleasantly surprised themselves by pushing out of their comfort zones,” said Wahrenburg. “At the end of the day, everyone was happy, tired and feeling accomplished.”