On September 9, 45 new “sixies” traveled north to Beaver Brook—an R.L. tradition since the 1960s. With camp sites, an education center, and 35 miles of trails in Hollis, New Hampshire, the area offers a perfect setting for new classmates to get to know one another, away from campus.
Friday morning—after hiking their gear to their camp sites—the boys spent time testing their R.L. knowledge (and perfecting the art of negotiation) as they answered as many questions as they could about their new school: How old will Roxbury Latin be when you graduate? Who is the school’s founder? What’s the name of the school newspaper? After lunch in the sun, groups of boys and faculty set off with maps and compasses in hand, orienteering their way through checkpoints around the reservation and completing a photo scavenger hunt along the way. They also competed and assisted one another through a challenge course, before some games and free time.
As is tradition, after dinner the group settled in to watch the original 1957 version of the film Twelve Angry Men, followed by a discussion of the film—what they learned and how it relates to their lives at school. The evening also included time for a round of the math game “Flip-Flop” and renditions of “The Founder’s Song” around the campfire, and of course, s'mores.
On Saturday morning, boys prepared to break down their camp sites, but not before writing a letter to themselves, to be opened to be opened during their senior retreat.
Mrs. Kate Chappell, Class VI master, has coordinated this trip for the past 15 years, leading a group of sixies, Class I boys, and faculty members for an overnight experience that incorporates fun and tradition, which boys remember well into their alumni years.