Sunday, August 30, 2015

SMA Overview of Diamond Tail Experience

ST. MARY’S ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL
AT DIAMOND TAIL RANCH

CHALLENGING YOURSELF, EXPERIENCING COWBOY CULTURE, FORGING NEW FRIENDSHIPS, GETTING TO KNOW YOUR TEACHERS,
PRACTICING COURAGE, VIEWING BUFFALO UP CLOSE AND FAR AWAY, STARTING FRESH, SETTING GOALS, REFLECTING, LIVING IN TENTS, BECOMING A JENKINS POND POLAR BEAR, LAUGHING

Due to the wonderful generosity of the Duncan family, we will be returning to the beautiful Diamond Tail Ranch for the eighth year for a two-night camping trip. The Diamond Tail Ranch, a working ranch, is in northern Colorado near the Wyoming border and approximately 45 miles from Laramie. The Duncans maintain a large herd of buffalo and smaller herds of cattle as well as processing organic buffaloam for gardens. At an altitude of 8100 ft. and made up of approximately 18,000 acres of hay meadows and forested foothills on the edge of the Rawah Wilderness, the vast beauty is extraordinary.

Two tent sites will be headquartered near a fully restored 1900-era barn. There is a rustic cabin with a deck where we meet for meals, and a restored schoolhouse that is now a small chapel above the campsite. Port-a-toilets (temporary bathrooms) are available for student use. Water from water bottles is used to brush teeth and packaged toilettes are needed for face and body cleaning. Solar energy powers lights in the evening and fuels cooking. Together, we will play games, hike, fish, sing, reflect and build community to support the school year. We may even enjoy a guest appearance from Mike Duncan, and if the working cowboys are able to take some time off, we will have a ranch tour.

BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS, please take care of the following:

1)    Verify that your parents/guardians have signed and returned the general SMA-activity permission to travel form;
2)    Verify that your 2015 emergency release form is completed and filed in the office with any allergies and special needs carefully noted. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL PAPERWORK FOR THE TRIP, which if not completed and filed would mean you would miss the trip and we would miss you very much.
3)    Carefully check the packing list, enclosed here and to be posted on IC, and borrow what you don’t have.

The sixth-grade class will leave school at 7:00 a.m. (meet by 6:30 a.m.) on Monday, September 14th and return to school on Wednesday, September 16th at ~3:00 p.m.


The seventh-grade class will leave school at 7:00 a.m. (meet by 6:30 a.m.) on Wednesday, September 16th and return to school on Friday, September 18th at ~4:00 p.m.