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40 years of school camping tradition

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ELBA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Planning the summer camping trip can be a tradition for many families... but how about a school?  St. Charles sixth graders have made their way just north to the Group Camp at Whitewater State Park for the 40th year in a row now.

Principal Mitch Peterson says it's all about changing it up a bit.  "Working with each other, different groups.  Working with different teachers.  Just getting outside.  We need to do that."

The trip is highly anticipated by the students.  Students participate in different classes and outdoor activities including wood carving, aquatic species studies... and more.

"It also builds a relationship with the state park system and the DNR to work together," said Peterson.

This was Principal Peterson's third time attending, but it was also his last as he is set to retire this year.

"I remember when I was here in 6th grade.  It's an experience you will take with you your entire life," said volunteer teacher John Brogan.

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