Stu Co Considers Camp Alternatives

This story was first published in the print VCHS Talon on April 21, 2021.

Covid-19 has taken desired events away from our student body;one event in particular is retreat.

During a recent meeting with VCS Head of School Mr. Ben Davis,the Talon staff was informed that students and staff will not be getting a normal retreat this school year, but the Student Council is looking for Covid-friendly alternatives to retreat.

Although retreat is mostly out-doors and fairly safe in that way, it’s very difficult for high school students to keep a safe distance and wear their masks inside their cabins. Who wears a mask while they sleep?

Dining hall presents another challenge to social distancing.

Another thing to take into account is the fact that the school could hold increased liability for any student or staff member who gets sick during the retreat.

There are many possible alternatives to the traditional retreat that we are all used to. This alternative could be a one day event that consists of multiple activities, or an overnight retreat more like a traditional camp but this version is more unlikely because the risk of Covid spreading would be increased.

The Talon staff has come to an agreement that we would want there to be an alternative to retreat rather than have no retreat at all. The students deserve a break to relax in light of all the crises that are occurring in the world. We believe that an overnight retreat for students who have proof of a negative Covid test could be a good solution.

While we may not be getting a normal retreat that we look forward to each year, we may receive an alternative that is being modeled by our Student Council.