While Bullis grows in population and geographical size, it strives to keep up with the expansion and continues to add new extra-curricular activities for students to enjoy. This next school year of 2014-2015, Bullis will be introducing a fall white-water kayaking activity.
“We’re super excited to be working with you guys, we used to do programs with Bullis after school but we don’t anymore, and it’s great to be working with great kids again,” said Stevo, the director of the river school at Calleva, during the introductory meeting last Thursday. And this kayaking credit has the potential to become a big deal – as the river is near enough to a number of schools to begin participating in this activity, the chance to have a competition series, competing schools, and even what’s called “boatercross” is a possibility. Not only is kayaking an amazing way to explore a place you didn’t know existed, it could become another competitive activity here at Bullis.
For those who have never been in a kayak before, or even on the water, don’t let the course intimidate you. The activity is meant for beginners, as the training site including Classes 1-5 is practically right next to Bullis.
“If you stick with it and get over the hard parts of learning to go straight and not get freaked out by being in a boat, you’ll really enjoy it,” says Stephanie Kaplan, the activity’s potential “Captain”.
Being a part of this activity, you’ll spend three days on the water and two at Bullis. The days spent on the water will involve learning how to move, play on the waves, safely rescue yourselves, paddle strokes, and how to roll up. While off the water at Bullis, students will be training on the bouldering wall and playing around on the challenge course for fitness, while also being able to spend time team bonding.
As a part of this activity, there is also the opportunity to “explore spaces you didn’t know existed” as explained by Mr. Cramer.
Stephanie Kaplan, a junior here at Bullis, is set to lead the kayaking after school activity. She has been on the water for quite a while and has been at Bullis since 3rd grade. Stephanie expresses, “If you stick with it and get over the hard parts of learning to go straight and not get freaked out by being in a boat, you’ll really enjoy it”.
Some of the logistics about this activity is that there will be a preseason starting before school in August. During the season the bus will leave Bullis at 3:15, and there will always be a bus back to school. Calleva will provide all equipment as well as instruction.
By offering water sports, Bullis is enhancing the offerings to appeal to all types of students.