As the students have arrived on campus for the first time, they have had to navigate the social and academic anxieties of COLLEGE: all the new information, where the classes are, how to deal with a roommate, and much more! Even though getting lost is highly likely, students are able to unwind and debrief with multiple excursions that have been planned for the weeks to come. This week, we look forward to going to Boda Borg, Six Flags, and the Red Sox Game!
Games and amusement parks are all fun and games, but they do not compare to the level of fun and strategy that students will face at Boda Borg. Boda Borg is located in the heart of Boston and is the first one to open in the United States. With this activity, students will have to work together in order to beat levels and win the games. Whether it is crawling on their knees or playing freeze dance, everyone has a special talent that will make them an asset to their teams. Each level requires critical and physical capabilities that are incredibly fun and challenging. The competitiveness in all of us will definitely come out, which will bring us together to problem solve and conquer each level!
Welcome to Summerfuel Tufts! Whether students have arrived via train, plane, bus, or their parent’s car, the students have arrived and are settling into their dorm rooms, exploring the campus, and getting to know their new classmates—and we couldn’t be more excited to have them here! It has been a great start to the program getting to meet parents and students and tell them a little bit about the exciting events to come.
The real fun officially kicks off this evening with our opening events, including some fun outdoor activities, informational floor meetings, and a “Flavors of the World” diversity social mixer. Students are able to share their favorite flavors of ice cream and stories with other students, their RA’s and other staff members. Then, our students will rest up for the first full day of activities and classes tomorrow! We’re so happy that our students have arrived safely and couldn’t be more excited to begin our summer adventure!
Two days ago Summerfuel Boston Students had the chance to learn about US Independence Day, right in a Revolutionary City. After watching a live reenactment in Cambridge Corner, our students participated in cookie decorating activities, a mini fair with face painting and finished it off with a Barbecue and fireworks. Because, in addition to history, the Fourth of July is also about fireworks and festivities! Check out the pictures here!
One of the things that we’ve imparted to our students is that ‘the sky is the limit’ in achieving their dreams. With hard work, perseverance, and integrity, a goal can become reality. And, there was no better way to personify this metaphor than by taking our students to Boston’s Skywalk Observatory, where the students could see a 360° panoramic view of the city! Check out the photos here:
In our last post we shared about the bonds that were strengthened through collaboration and team building. Earlier this week, our students again had the chance to do just that, in Summerfuel Boston’s indoor Olympic Games. From bean bag throws, to card house building and zombie runs, students practiced strategizing, utilizing each other’s strengths, and pushing themselves, in order to achieve for their teams! Check out the photos below!
As students continue to learn about collaboration and team building inside of the classroom, they’ve had the opportunity to do just that outside of it. From working together to design the best mummy costume, to using creative ways to discover interesting facts about each other, they are expanding their personal networks, while continuously building social capital. Stay tuned from tonight’s team building exercises!
Over the weekend our students took bonding to another level on their adventure to Six Flags New England! With perfect weather and a variety of games, they had the chance to play games, win prizes, and deepen friendships, all while thrill seeking.
The following day, they then expanded their knowledge of US history, walking the Freedom Trail’s historic sites, from City Hall, past the King’s Chapel, to Faneuil Hall. Students learned of great leaders, difficult battles, the impact of slavery and the importance of courage. From the classroom into the world, they are developing the skills and insights needed to make them the best leaders of tomorrow!
Students arrived and had a day of exploring Boston and becoming acclimated between Wednesday and today. From a Scavenger hunt around campus, to learning the Harvard area and an ice cream social, bonds and friendships are quickly being made and leadership lessons being learned. Stay tuned for their first team building activity pics….