Gem State Adventist Academy Students Spend First Days of School Bonding

An occasional scream pierced the air as Gem State Adventist Academy students came down the zip line as part of the first two days of school. Others took a chance to learn to Jet Ski while still others worked on building an amphitheater at Camp Ida-Haven in McCall, Idaho. Singing and worship as well as school orientation began the year on a positive spiritual tone. The “Go Fish” theme challenged students to be part of local community missions.

“Spending our first days at camp allowed students to bond and create friendships as well as start the year with a positive spiritual tone,” said Mike Schwartz, principal. “That is what Gem State is all about.”

Julie Allen, a new student from California, said, “I was nervous about starting school at Gem State because I didn’t know anyone. Going to Ida-Haven for the first days of school helped me make some new friends quickly.”

October 01, 2003 / Idaho Conference