Archive for October, 2015

Gabby’s Blog: A Day in the Life of Wayfinder Schools at Opportunity Farm!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Wednesday, October 7th

A Day In the Life of Wayfinder School at Opportunity Farm

Gabrielle Taylor

Today was awesome!  We woke up and for the wellness activity, we played a game of around the world and we all had a lot of fun. Afterwards, most of the students went to their career exploration and I stayed back and helped Dana make quiche.  I also had help from Elizabeth, the intern, and Annie. When Molly got back from her interview, she and I worked together to make baked mac and cheese and pigs in a blanket. Around noon, family and loved ones started to show up because it was the first Loved One’s Luncheon of the school year. We all sat, ate and had fun. After lunch,  people said their goodbyes and gave their  hugs. We cleaned up the kitchen and had social justice class with the students from Camden, and because it was our first real interaction with the Camden campus, it was fun! There were so many ideas! It was fun because students at the Opportunity Farm campus know students on the Camden campus.

After class we all went outside to get some fresh air and wait for circle to start.

When circle started, we started talking about stuff like tv times and music during independent study.  In the end, we managed to come to a conclusion we all agreed on. We did our shout out and appreciations. We all came back to Anthony House, hung out or made dinner. Around 6:30, we all sat down to the awesome dinner Molly and Dana made, had conversations, laughed and  smiled. After that, we all moved to our perspective chores and when we got done with chores, it was time for independent study.  All in all, it was a pretty calm and good day.

Molly’s Blog: Our trip to Acadia!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Molly Blais

October 3, 2015

We started off on Friday morning by packing for Acadia National Park. After many hours of getting things ready, we were finally off and on the road. During the 3 hour trip, we stopped at many places, including  Renys, Walmart, and L.L. Bean. We arrived at the campground around 6:30 pm where we set up our tents, in the dark. After we slowly put together our tents, we then had a fire to make dinner. Dinner was very classic campground food, rice and beans with hot dogs. We then ended the night with s’mores and circle.

On Saturday, we woke up at 6:00 am to the freezing cold and piled into the van to go to Bar Harbor, for hot refreshments at a little cafe. After having delicious coffee and tea, we walked to Atlantic Climbing School around the block. When we arrived, Eli, the instructor, gave us the spiel of climbing the rock cliffs with our equipment. Back in the van we went towards the park and Otter Cliffs. We all had a huge amount of adrenalin as we approached the cliffs. Not knowing what to expect we quickly gathered on top of the cliff and we repelled down. Then Eli set up another rope on a bigger cliff so that we could climb up it for a bigger and better challenge. Some of us just enjoyed the beautiful ocean view, as the sun shined down. After climbing we all piled back into the van to go have picnic. As soon as lunch was done, we traveled to Sandy Beach. Many of us played soccer until our soccer ball was lost in the deep blue sea. Tobie lead the charge into the ocean as Oren and Joseph followed.

From there we traveled to Thunder Hole, where no action was happening. We all sat and just relaxed for a couple of minutes, thinking about the delicious pizza we would have at Rosalie’s in Bar Harbor. We arrived at Rosalie’s exhausted and starving from our long day. Joseph ordered seven pizzas and we were left with two whole pizzas for the next day’s breakfast.

After exploring Bar Harbor for a while, we met back up for an ice-cream. While enjoying our yummy ice-cream,  we took off in the van to go back to camp. Getting to camp was very fast and we were soon around the camp fire. We had another circle, where we shared something we had learned about someone else that day. After ending the night with a great ending, we headed to bed for an early morning.. yet again.

This time it was 5:00 am and we had a hurried drive up Cadillac Mountain for the earliest sunrise in America. It was about 32 degrees and the wind was wild. After seeing the most beautiful sunrise over the ocean, we all fell asleep on the long ride home.

This picture is of the view we climbed over at Otter Cliffs

This picture is the sunrise at Cadillac Mountain

Jenny’s Blog: A week in the Life of a Camden Residential Student!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Writing Class, Field Science, Hiking, Sailing, Swimming, Apple Picking, Working in the Garden, Pizza Night, Movie Night, American Sign Language, Trips to the Library and The YMCA, Squash Pie, Shepherd’s Pie, S’mores and Homemade Ice Cream…and best of all, a visit from Willie Nelson the Dog.  What a week!

THIS WEEK 9/29-10/5

By Jenny


Tuesday, September 29th, 2015– Allie brought us to the Wilderness Trail at Aldermere Farm, where Justin works and where he also helped build the trail. Then we went to our career exploration sites. Ian’s back, so we had writing class and Field Science. We got to go outside for Field Science. After classes: Deborah, Marissa and I went to the library, while Allissa made American Chop Suey for dinner.  The next great thing on the menu tonight is Sugar Cookies, which Justin made.


Wednesday, September 30th, 2015– Got to go to the Penobscot YMCA today!! Another exciting thing that happened today is that we started our ASL class, Sarah taught us the alphabet! Then we had Shepard’s Pie, for like the third time this month. It was still delicious, and it’s really cool cause a different person made it each time. Also, we had a special furry visitor today, his name is Willie Nelson the dog. He’s so cute, and well behaved, and it’s always nice to have him around.


Thursday, October 1, 2015- So, our housemate, Rudy, came back for the day. However, he made the decision to try this
again next year, so he can work on his health. Everybody is really sad that he made that decision, but we’re happy that he’s going to be working on his health, because that’s more important. Also we all celebrated our newest classmate’s 17th birthday! Kathy made squash pie. We all thought it was pumpkin pie. Kathy also made homemade blueberry ice cream, and vanilla ice cream. We went to The YMCA again today, almost everyone got in the pool. Even Tae, he’s getting some personal lessons on swimming, and he’s doing really well. All in all it was a really exciting day!


Friday, October 2, 2015- We had a movie night, and made some S’more Dip. We watched Mean Creek, which was AWESOME!! We also had to meet up with Ian to do our academic evaluations.


Saturday, October 3, 2015- We got to sleep in!!! Then we walked down to the harbor and went sailing, which was AMAZING!! We all got wet and were cold, and complaining, but it was really fun. Then we came back to school and had some tomato soup that tasted kind of like marinara sauce. Afterwards, we got to go apple picking. Then we had pizza for dinner, and we all got to watch Four Brothers, which turned out to be really good.


Sunday, October 4, 2015- We went for a really LONG hike, and buried a time capsule. We came back to school, and Brian got to hang out with his mom while the rest of us went and worked at the garden. Then we went to The Y. I helped Allissa cook pork chops, egg noodles, fried onions and peppers and salad for dinner. Later we are going to watch a documentary.




Fall Harvest Homecoming!

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Join us on Wednesday, October 28 for our 2nd annual Harvest Homecoming at Opportunity Farm! This festive family celebration includes a barn dance, hearty soup and spaghetti supper, lantern parade and treats for the kids. Remember to wear your costume!

FMI: Call 207-926-4532

lanterns at the readypumpkinsfaith's flowersfence lightscookies