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Summer Learning Adventures at CAAP

 

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Story and photographs by Patience Adegboyega

Our Crusade Academic & Adventure Program, or CAAP, packs dozens of different skill-building activities together with having fun and making friends. To describe CAAP, Crusaders who are participating in this summer’s program used words like “trust” and “communication” and “leadership.” Their adventures included having a scavenger hunt at Brown University and spending a day at Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, Massachusetts. They also read Walter Dean Myers’s book Monster together.

Crusaders recently played a game of Jeopardy to recap everything they did over the past two weeks. The categories were: Brain Games & Rituals, Brown Scavenger Hunt, Games, Purgatory Chasm, and Mi Gente. Everyone participated with enthusiasm and team spirit, and the results of their lessons in teamwork were evident as teammates got high-fives whether they won points or not.

Saray, Mariely, and Isis, all rising seventh graders, described their favorite activities as “Sign In Sign Out” and “Apple Onion Apple” because they allow group members to check in with each other on how their days are going and to focus on positivity. They also agreed that their College Crusade advisors are caring people. “The advisors always push you to do your best,” said Mariely. “You feel like you can relate to them – they’re like your friend, they keep you in line and care about you.”

If the answer is “A two-week program for middle school Crusaders that teaches team building, leadership skills, and healthy risk taking,” what is the correct question? Ask any middle school Crusader playing Jeopardy, and they’ll tell you it’s “What is summer CAAP?”

Special thanks to our advisors and to Roger Williams Middle School for hosting nearly 150 Crusaders at summer CAAP this year!

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