GRAB Upcoming Events

(Photo Samantha Anastasiou/The Gettysburgian)

(Photo Samantha Anastasiou/The Gettysburgian)

By Samantha Anastasiou, Staff Writer

Who’s tired of the traditional Gettysburg classroom? I know we all struggle with those long hours spent glued to a chair, listening to a lecture while day dreaming about what else we could be doing. But did you ever consider the alternative learning experiences you could have while enrolled at the school? The Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board (GRAB) mission statement focuses on the positive, innovative learning opportunities through outdoor adventure and challenge course workshops. Students can participate in weekly hiking, kayaking, or climbing day trips. Think you can’t afford that on your college budget that you frequently use to buy Pizza House? Here’s the catch—all trips are $5 unless otherwise noted [and you can work off the copious amounts of pizza consumed]! In addition, GRAB also offers week-long trips as part of the Winterfest program, and month-long trips as part of senior capstones, that are typically raised in price due to overnight costs.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could spend this summer exploring Greece with some of your classmates!

There’s no outdoor experience necessary, as anyone can attend a trip. Some of the cool trips coming up are:

  • Friday, March 30 – Night Hike at Sunset Rocks, Michaux State Forest
  • Sunday, April 1 – Climbing at Schaffer’s Rock
  • Saturday, April 7 – Kayaking at Codorus State Park
  • Friday – Saturday April 13 – 14 – Climbing Overnight at Annapolis Rocks, MD ($15)

If any of these trips strike your interest, walk over to the basement of Plank Gym in room 118 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to register. They can also provide a longer list of the Spring trips for 2018. Perhaps after attending one trip you develop an adventure niche. You can apply to be a GRAB facilitator every September with no back-country experience needed. Not only will you learn a lot about the outdoors, but also a lot about yourself. As GRAB facilitator Alex Darby ‘20 said, “Without a doubt, GRAB has changed my life.” So, get off your phone, and go tour nature!

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Author: Samantha Anastasiou

Samantha Anastasiou '21 intends to major in English on a pre-law or education track. As a high school athlete, she hopes to pursue athletics through the wide range of intramural sports at Gettysburg. A hobby of Sam's had always been writing, so she can't wait to share!

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