Mark Henninger- Residence Director
To prepare for a ski trip the boys work hard to meet and often times exceed the expectations in school and in the house. The boys feel a sense of pride because their teachers and staff have recognized their hard work. First time skier, John said it best, “It’s the joy of skiing!”
A day of skiing with Forest Heights Lodge is a day of learning. On the slopes the boys learn the basics of skiing and/or snowboarding, turning, stopping, how to fall and how to get back up again. The boys also learn group dynamics such as leadership, mountain awareness, and what to do if they get separated from their group or need extra help.
The social aspects of a ski trip are equally valuable for the boys. There are few memories more priceless for an adolescent boy than skiing with his friends, especially because the stories get better and better each time they are told. Many boys like Matt, Andrew and Nate say their favorite thing about skiing with the Lodge is being able to ski with “friends”. The child care workers say they love to see the boys succeed. One staff member said he loves to hear the boys encourage each other, especially if someone is struggling, but some of the best moments come from the smiles that are shared from the boys when they can tell someone, like their parents, how much fun they had skiing.
Overall, ski trips have been an overwhelming success. Our kids develop their individual skills while we grow together as a group. Our ski program really supports our motto: “Life is good......Come join us!”