Learning the values of being comfortably confident and thinking with an open mind are paramount to the Multis approach. Whether acting out an improv sketch, battling at badminton, belaying a friend up the climbing wall, sculpting a scuba diver, or soldering a lighting circuit, students are constantly exploring new interests, often uncovering talents, in a supportive and collaborative environment.
The Bounders outdoor education program challenges students in an energetic, non-competitive setting to take healthy risks; develop self-reliance, problem-solving, and risk assessment skills; work within a group, taking on a leadership role, and communicating with others; and connect to the natural world.
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To the untrained eye, daily Bounders' activities appear simple enough: Groups of kids playing in the woods. But to any Carroll student who has passed through the school’s four-and-a-half acres of forest—affectionately known as Bounders Woods—the experience is far more meaningful, at times, even revelatory.
Within the Bounders Woods on the Middle School campus, there exists a yurt housing a special plaque. This plaque, crafted from a tree stump, bears the names of Nathaniel Ross ‘19 and his younger brother, Calem Ross. Both siblings, with Nathaniel as an alumnus and Calem as a current 8th grader, have achieved the esteemed title of Fire Master.
Thanks to the generosity of Stewart Myers and the Maureen McGuire Myers Endowment Fund for Faculty Professional Development, three Carroll educators recently returned to “school” to sharpen and broaden their skills. From a classroom setting to the great outdoors to a yoga studio, their on-the-ground training varied widely. Even more noteworthy is the impact of their experiences on Carroll students. Take a peek at how the 2022 Myers Fellows are applying the lessons they learned in and beyond Carroll classrooms.
Carroll alum Will Close ’11, recently shared with me that “Multis”—the arts, physical education, outdoor education programs at Carroll—helped set him on a path to become a lifelong learner. It wasn’t just writing papers or doing projects in our classrooms that activated his learning. Rather, he discovered his love of education in the Bounders Woods, in the Arts & Innovation Center, in the gym, and on the rock wall.
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Bounders Trip - Merck Forest in Vermont (Grade 8)
SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 1, 2023