Canoe Trip Conversations

Dear Parents,

“So, how was the canoe trip??”


If you’re one of the many parents who had an unsatisfying exchange like this with your adolescent child last night, you may be craving more stories about the goings-on of our class Canoe Trip. If you’re struggling to get details, try these phrases that we use in class council. After canoeing each day, all the students and teachers sat around the campfire, where we held a “mini-council” – a shortened version of our weekly class meeting. I got the kids to talk about the successes and tribulations of their day using these three phrases, which they’re already familiar with:

  • What went well?
  • Issues
  • Thank yous & compliments

If that’s still giving vague answers, try these more specific keywords – maybe you can at least get a chuckle or an eyeroll from your kid!

  • Smorgasbord
  • Rockadile
  • Danny DeVito & Zac Efron
  • Geodes
  • Grave rubbing
  • The check’s in the mail
  • Ouija board

All in all, it was truly one of the better Canoe Trips I’ve been on – the weather was beautiful, which makes all the difference! We enjoyed stargazing and quesadilla grilling, paddling hard and lounging in the grass, stories both scary and hilarious. The students really worked together to get their tasks accomplished, and it was great to seem them getting to know each other. It seems like the year is starting out right!