C2R Cancelled, but Juniors Bond During Saturday Night Session
by Nathan Strauss on Friday, April 8th, 2016
From 5 to 10 pm on Saturday, April 2nd, the junior class gathered on campus for an abbreviated version of C2R.
Every year, the Milton junior class embarks on an overnight trip to Camp Bournedale in Plymouth. The trip, called the Class II Retreat, or C2R, is designed to foster bonding in the junior class while simultaneously preparing the juniors to become the new leaders of the school. At C2R, the juniors do a range of activities, from dodgeball to tie-dying to playing songs around the campfire to the perennial favorite — learning a synchronized dance to perform at a Monday assembly. C2R requires an immense amount of planning, with many juniors taking part in planning committees for each portion of the weekend.
This year, the retreat was scheduled for April 2nd to April 3rd. The weeks prior had built up a great sense of anticipation amongst the junior class, with many morning assemblies being devoted to hyping up the weekend. Guest speakers from the senior class, such as Chris Bucci (I), Elly Vaughan (I), and Charlie Guscott (I), came to assemblies to discuss how pivotal a time C2R can be for the class as a whole. Despite the large time commitment at a busy time of year, most juniors were generally excited about the prospects of the weekend. Maggie O’Hanlon (II) said, “I was excited. A lot of seniors had said that C2R was a kind of transformation moment for their class so I was looking forward to it.”
Despite all the hard work put in by class deans Mr. Beauchemin and Ms. Thorp, along with the planning committees, Mother Nature decided to throw a curveball: snow and heavy winds were forecasted for the evening of April 2nd and the morning of April 3rd. The cabins at Camp Bournedale have been described as “frigid,” with seniors such as Eliza Bower passing on advice to “bring as many layers as you can.” Due to the already cold nature of the camp and the forecast for below-freezing temperatures, the class deans were forced to cancel the retreat; a cancellation had never happened in the history of C2R. Instead, the junior class gathered for an evening on campus rather than the camp.
The activities remained largely similar to what had been planned for Camp Bournedale: dodgeball, tie-dye stations, and card and board games all on three courts of the ACC. While some of the students were joyous that they would have more free time during the weekend, most of the students seemed at least mildly disappointed at the cancellation. The majority of the student body approached the evening with enthusiasm and participated energetically in the available activities. After an hour of activities in the ACC, the class moved to the Stu, where upwards of 40 pizzas were waiting. Following dinner, the juniors moved to King, where they heard an inspirational talk from Mike Weber, a professional speaker who spoke of “breaking the unwritten social rules” that permeate everyday life at Milton. The speech was designed to prepare the juniors for the heightened responsibilities that come with being a senior. Despite containing a number of clichés, the speech certainly imprinted valuable lessons upon the juniors.
Following the speech, the juniors split up into discussion groups where they discussed topics such as the best way to promote class harmony and what the legacy of the class of 2017 should be. After the groups were finished discussing, all the juniors returned to King for Beatnik-like performances from Anne Bailey, Caroline Massey and Ege Yalcindag, Chris Wilbur, Keisha Baffour-Addo, and of course, Wayne Harding, whose rendition of the Alphabet Song brought down the house. Then, surprise performances of “Alphabet Aerobics” from Head Monitor hopeful JP Schuster and “Panda” by Rosche brought rousing applause, as did Isaac Fossas and Josh Katz’ vintage performance of “BedRock.”
All in all, the weather messed up the plans for C2R; however, thanks to the enthusiasm of the juniors and the hard work of all those who helped with the planning and setup, C2R was still a success.
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