Freshman Orientation Adventure Meeting for Parents of 8th Graders – April 23 

Dear Parents,

Plans are being made for the Class of 2024 to go on the Freshman Orientation Adventure, a four-day camping trip to Northern Georgia in August. The students will be the 28th class to experience this exciting adventure, which is a strong testimony to the educational, emotional and spiritual benefits of the trip. Graduating seniors have consistently named this trip one of their top memories of their years at Episcopal. The trip has been designed not only to meet specific English, history and science objectives, but also to create a sense of community within the class. The class bonding, the formation of new friendships, the peacefulness of the forest and the excitement of the whitewater rafting make the trip an incredible experience.

Students will camp on platform tents or in traditional tents at Unicoi State Park in Helen, attend outdoor field and stream activities at Smithgall Woods Environmental Center, hike the Smith Creek Trail and raft the Chattooga River. All ninth graders will attend the trip, which is scheduled Wednesday – Saturday, August 12-15, 2020.  Teachers, 50 upper schoolers and adult volunteers will accompany the students on the trip to coordinate activities and to provide supervision at all times. A classroom will be available for activities in case of poor weather conditions, and there are standard bathrooms for our personal use. Experienced cooks will prepare the meals at the campground, and we have arranged to have one dinner in a fine restaurant.

An informational meeting for parents of eighth graders will be held on Thursday, April 23, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom. (Check your email for the Zoom meeting information.) Parents will hear more about the trip’s objectives, itinerary and the packing list, and the required trip forms. This meeting will be especially helpful for parents who have not had children go on this trip in previous years. 

On Monday, August 10, from 12:15 – 2:15 p.m., all ninth graders will attend a final orientation meeting to get detailed trip instructions. The cost of the trip is included in your student’s tuition payment. Students will be strongly discouraged from bringing money on the trip, since there will be no opportunities to make purchases.  

If you have a concern of a personal nature, please call me at the school (904.396.5751, extension 1412). Although I am teaching remotely, I get my phone messages via email. We are eager for all freshmen to participate in this exciting and educational class trip! 


Marion Zeiner
9GOA Coordinator
Director of Scientific Research