On Thurs, Aug. 25, freshman students participated in the off campus program “Challenge by Choice.” Students chose from arious activities: Athlete’s Teambuilding, Habitat for Humanity, Hike and Bike the C & O Canal, Canoeing and Sustainability.
On Thurs, Aug. 25, freshman students participated in the off campus program “Challenge by Choice.”
Lots of activities!
Various activities were offered such as: Athlete’s Teambuilding, Habitat for Humanity, Hike and Bike the C & O Canal, Canoeing and Sustainability. The students were able to chose whichever program interested them most.
Although some programs were changed or cancelled due to deteriorating weather conditions, students still participated enthusiastically in the program.
Experiencing the history of Chambersburg
The Sustainability group took a tour around downtown Chambersburg visiting historic places: the Heritage Center located in the former Valley National Bank Building, as well as the Conococheague creek. Students learned the
history of Chambersburg and its role in the Civil War.
Melanie Briggs ‘15 was a part of the Sustainability group who toured downtown. “It’s really cool. After hearing about the history, these places look different,” said Briggs.
The Fall 2011 Challenge programs also focused on service to the community.
Students tour charitable facilities
After going on a tour of the Project SHARE facility in Carlisle, Pa., the Habitat for Humanity group helped locals in need of food assistance. Students helped prepare corn for the Project SHARE Christmas dinner, which feeds over 300 people annually. Project SHARE distributes food on a monthly basis to those in need and is supported by local individuals, churches, civic organizations and food bank donations.
“In the present economic climate the number of families requiring assistance has gone up over 15 percent to nearly 1,000 families per month in the greater Carlisle area alone,” explained Chaplain Rosie Magee, who stressed to students the importance of this service to the regional community.
Students also met with Elaine Livas, founder and Executive Director of Project SHARE who will also be the guest speaker at Wilson’s events for World Food Day on Oct. 19, as a part of the Wednesday Worship series.
Despite the inclement weather, students also took part in hiking and bike tours in the Cumberland and Shenandoah Valley regions, including the C&O canal, and teambuilding at Caledonia State Park.
“I’ve never experienced this kind of nature in my country. It’s awesome!” said Seunghee Baek ’15.