Ah yes! Time has rolled around and Big Blue Weekend is inching closer. This event may sound familiar thanks to the eager students and staff of Walla Walla high school. We’d love to elucidate you on how entertaining and exhilarating the phenomenon is, but we have decided to let the experienced Wa-Hi Blue Devils let you in on the truth.
Big Blue Weekend is an event in the fall that focuses on students and staff bonding with each other, making new friends, and having a great time. Camp MiVoden, at Hayden Lake, Idaho, is where you can find yourself during BBW. Don’t forget to mark your calendar, or phone more like for October 19th through the 21st!
To illustrate what your pleasure trip may look like, here are a few activities that have or will take place. Esther Dutton, our assistant secretary, apprised us that in the past some boat and pony rides were a favorite among students and staff. She hinted at a challenge course, similar to the one on the hit television show “American Ninja Warrior” is in store for you this year. But it doesn’t end there. Beach volleyball, swimming, music and free-time are included. You will indulge in team tasks and “icebreakers” to get to know the people around you. If relaxing is your thing, you’re welcome to bring a hammock and hang out.
This occasion was brought about several years ago. Why was this started you ask? Well, Assistant Principal, Mindy Meyers divulged that, “Big Blue Weekend was an idea that started in favor of building friendships with people you don't know “. She even added on to say staff members become closer to each other as well as students. BBW affects Wa-Hi immensely. But it doesn’t stop there, it affects the whole community.
Big Blue Weekend is more than just games and bonding. Friendships and connections made during the weekend could last an entire lifetime. Leslie Snyder, an involved parent, didn’t hesitate to take it a little further. “It’s not only about forming those friendships, but keeping them. Realizing that people can recognize when you’re not okay. It’s saying I see you. You are not invisible.” She elaborates and says she has seen BBW change lives of not only students, but this entire community. And even save those lives. All it takes is acknowledging that a friend or person you met is “Not as different from you as you think.” as Meyers puts it. This weekend turned into an environment where students can connect and feel when their friend is not okay. And finally doing something about it to prevent harm before it begins.
Now you may be asking yourself; Am I eligible? How do I sign up? How many students are going? All students are welcome with 200 students being able to go. Sign up now on Family ID by going to Wa-Hi’s website and clicking the link under Big Blue Weekend. Or, you can go into the front office and ask to sign up there as well. Spots fill fast so if you’re interested sign up soon! The initial cost is $110 dollars but scholarships are available in the front office with Esther Dutton.
Being able to indulge into a enjoyable, sociable, and relaxing time is a true pleasure; especially in a place that nature truly touched. You should take advantage of it while it’s there and take a break from school bells and homework to have an utterly enjoyable weekend. Big Blue Weekend will not only be an escape, but also a highschool experience you will never forget.