Photo by Kelsey Babb
Edgemont YMCA youth recently took a field trip to Devil’s Tower. Pictured is Tiana Sides, Keegan Mower, Tucker Ross, Kassidy Aldrich, Harper Ross, Shiloh Bean, & Tristen Bean. Not pictured is Isaac Andress.
By Rhea Falig
EDGEMONT— On Friday Sept. 13, the YMCA took students on an Enhanced Learning Field Trip to Devil’s Tower. Once a month students get the opportunity to go outside of Edgemont to somewhere they may not have been before.
“We began taking these trips in February of this last school year,” said YMCA Director Kelsey Babb. “In August we went to Nebraska to Toadstool Geological Park & Meng-Hudson Bison Bone Bed. The trips are paid for with part of our funding through our 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant which is what our after school program operates on.”
They had eight kids go this trip ranging from grades 1st through 5th. Two YMCA staff and one grandparent joined the on the trip.
“We love having parents or grandparents venture with us!” Babb added.
They learned the various theories on how Devil’s Tower was formed, saw climbers scaling the tower, and viewed the historic stake ladder through viewing tubes. “We hiked the 1.3 mile trail around the base of Devil’s Tower,” Babb said.
“I absolutely love our monthly Enhanced Learning Field Trips! It is really fun to get the students out of town and take them to new places. They are always so excited about where we go and what we see and learn. One of my most favorite parts is on almost every trip we have gone on, someone has stopped and commented on how well behaved the kids are and/or have thanked us for taking them out!” Babb expressed in regards to their trip.
James Garmany, a grandparent and chaperone who also attended said, “The kids were really excited and I had a great time, their excitement was contagious.”