The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

May 24, 2012

Camp Fitch field day a fun way for SSJP to wrap up school year

For the Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — As the 2011-2012 school year comes to a fast closing for students at Ss. John and Paul High School, some are enjoying the last moments with seniors and others are not quite ready to say good-bye to the 2011-12 school year. The students in grades seven through 12 spent May 14 together at YMCA Camp Fitch in North Springfield, Pa., for “field day.”

The students were especially excited for this year’s field day, not only because there were no classes or homework but also because this year was a little different. Usually field day is held at the high school building or a local park with events such as basketball, baseball, kick ball or bocce ball; however, this year students boarded coach travel buses shortly after they arrived at school and headed to Camp Fitch for the day. All the students were divided up into teams; each team had two seniors as captain. Every team had been assigned a different color and was expected to wear their team color when they arrived at school; students were also permitted to dress down with their team color shirt -- to stay comfy and cool and to show their team spirit. Although Camp Fitch has basketball, bocce, and all the other activities students are used to, we were also able to participate in rock climbing, archery and horseback riding.

There were many other new and different activities planned for us this year, and we were all very excited and eager to try new things. First students, individually, were able to go to the different activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, archery, horseback riding and visiting the nature center. Next, everyone gathered at the basketball courts to separate into their teams and play the usual field day games such as: basketball, kickball, baseball, volleyball and bocce. Finally, to end the day, students ate lunch and ate s’mores around a campfire.

When asked why he chose Camp Fitch, Ben Burich, student body president and coordinator of the field day activities, said, “I have some of my favorite childhood memories from Camp Fitch and I wanted to share this fun experience with my fellow classmates.”

At the end of the day students raved about the day and had a blast! They were able to have a great day away from classes and spend time together as a whole along with some friendly competition. All in all it was a great day with great memories that will last a lifetime!