Blue Ridge School offers a variety of on and off campus activities throughout the school year. Our social events coordinator works with other area schools to schedule a wide range of events that include mixers with girls’ schools, ice skating, paint ball, trips to professional and collegiate athletic events, recreational trips to amusement parks, skiing at Wintergreen Resort, and many other activities designed to provide students with opportunities to relax and spend time with friends.
Almost every Friday, a school bus takes boys to the movie theater and a quick meal in Charlottesville. Trips are also scheduled on most Saturdays and Sundays to Charlottesville or Richmond for shopping at a mall, with a chance to stop at Target and grab a burger at Five Guys. Some weekends a charter bus will take boys to larger malls such as Tyson’s Corner near DC.
The Outdoor Program also schedules an outdoor activity on both Saturday and Sunday. Examples of these acvities include canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking or biking. On long weekends overnight backpacking or canoeing trips are also available.
The student center is open for those boys who prefer to relax on campus over the weekend. Boys can enjoy canoeing on the Blue Ridge lake, mountain biking on our trails, hiking, working out in the weight room, playing a pick-up game of basketball or (with adult supervision) swim in the pool on warm days.
A number of clubs have been organized by students that offer something of interest to everyone. From poetry to music and cooking to soccer, there’s quite a range of clubs from which to choose.
In my years at Blue Ridge, I watched Mr. Cory Woods change boys by showing them that they could in fact jump farther or climb higher. It was incredible to see boys who had never been exposed to the outdoors jumping off rock ledges into swimming holes or taking a tough mountain bike trail and then excitedly telling their friends what they had accomplished.
Both he and Mrs. Carrie Woods are a huge part of the reason I am a student at UC, Boulder!
- Max Koneff ’14