Wesley Woods is developing an exciting new program within the outdoor education field. Our first round of participants in the brand-new Outdoor Education Internship has accepted the challenge of shaping the internship and blazing the trail for future interns.
Interns participate in all steps of planning and organizing educational programs, gaining practical experience in the responsibilities necessary to run a successful program: from hiring to scheduling to follow-up after the school bus leaves. As the internship is a year-long commitment, the interns get to put their new knowledge and skills into practice with another season of school programs - and we benefit with continuity in our seasonal staff.
We are currently blessed to have three outstanding interns, who each bring particular areas of experience and expertise to our program. Allison Baldowski, Ethan Abbott, and Heather Holzman were all recruited for the internship after proving themselves as leaders in the field during a season of outdoor education instruction.
The interns are filling cold winter days with a long hard look at our classes and curriculum as we update classes to conform to Tennessee's new Common Core educational standards. They are also overhauling administrative forms for better planning and evaluation with our schools. They will soon begin planning staff training for incoming instructors for the spring school season.
When you see these three around camp, congratulate them on doing a great job at being Camp Wesley Woods' internship pioneers!