Rippleffect Blog: Week 1!

Welcome to Week 1 of the Cow Island Blog!

This will be a place for weekly updates of what Rippleffect is up to on Cow Island and in the community. As always, we’ve had a busy and exciting week.


This week, we’ve really felt a coming-together of our community partnership with public schools and are feeling so lucky to have the opportunity to work with students and teachers year after year. Monday and Tuesday we had our guides out leading community-building days with Tamarack and Hawthorne House from Lincoln Middle School! The students of Tamarack House brought great energy and had a fantastic time learning and playing at Fort Williams Park. They explored the bunker and ocean, learned what to expect for their 7th grade Cow Island camping experience in the fall, and engaged in team-building and communication-based games. Tuesday brought a chance of thunder and lightning storms, so team Ripple brought their enthusiasm and curriculum right into Lincoln Middle’s classrooms. While initially disappointed to be indoors, 6th graders from Hawthorne House bounced back for a day of fun and learning.

On Wednesday, team Ripple drove up to Lake Region Middle School for a field day with their eighth grade class. The day was beautiful and a fantastic start to a new partnership between Ripple and Lake Region! Students worked well together and enjoyed an absolutely stunning day outside. Here’s a photo of one of our team-building challenges:

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Woodside Elementary 5th graders came out to Cow Island for a full day on Thursday. Although the day was a little wet, students had a blast out on Cow Island. Zip-lining, raft-building, and rock-climbing were some of the challenge-by-choice activities students were able to do together. While each activity was fun for the individual, each was carefully planned to practice teamwork and leadership skills.

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Team Rippleffect finished out the week with all-staff kayak training at the lake. Throughout the week, we had our expedition guides out getting wilderness sea kayak training. Next week, we’re looking forward to residential kayak training for the rest of the staff. With the last week before summer programs coming up, we’re loving our final school partners and revving up for another incredible summer on Cow Island! Stay tuned!

Beth Gaughan