BOARDING AT BODWELL

Providing support in all areas of student life

Bodwell’s Boarding Program goes beyond a bed, room and meal plan, typical components of any boarding setting. Rather, we are a youth development program focused squarely on boarders’ self-improvement. We provide a safe, active, and inclusive living environment where students strengthen their life skills in order to succeed in school and mature into responsible global citizens.

At Bodwell, we believe that learning continues long after the end of the school day. While relaxation after class is indeed important, students’ time living here represents a priceless chance to get involved and to grow through everyday challenges. Our boarders gain structured experiences in order to practice self-reliance, prepare for post-secondary studies, and build a strong résumé for a future career. They find that the Boarding Program is a major part of their overall experience at Bodwell.

MULTICULTURAL

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Young people from across the globe converge to form a community that strives for tolerance and understanding. Through the guidance of the dorm advisor team, students learn how to deal with differences and foster respect and friendship amongst each other.

SUPPORTIVE

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Dorm life is structured and carefully supervised, yet allows students a good measure of independence. Supports for the mind, body, and spirit are always a dorm advisor away. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this resource and to participate in the frequent activities the advisors organize.

DEVELOPMENT

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Life in a dorm is often a young’s person’s first experience with independence. As such, dorm advisors strive to teach students the fundamentals of growing into a successful, independent person. Dorm advisors themselves come from a range of professional backgrounds and readily impart their wisdom.

DEVELOPING LIFE SKILLS

Learning extended beyond the classroom.

While students learn academic skills and content in their school classes, during the evenings and weekends boarders receive close support from professional youth workers to develop their life skills. Life skills are essential for students to be able to take care of themselves, maintain healthy relationships with others, and make positive contributions to their community. Students reflect on their progress and are given frequent feedback by advisors both on areas of strength and skills needing improvement.

In order to support students’ development of life skills, we offer a number of ongoing opportunities for focused learning. These include workshops on relevant topics from visiting experts, individual guidance from our specialized staff, group discussions at weekly meetings, and access to information and resources on a broad spectrum of issues important to young people.

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

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Self-care

A focus on physical well-being, including personal hygiene, diet, and exercise.

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Interpersonal skills

Practicing conflict resolution and fostering greater empathy and inclusiveness.

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Personal planning

Creating mature, young adults through structure, routine, and responsibility.

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Leadership

Giving opportunities to demonstrate volunteerism, duty, and courage.

Students are given periodic feedback by advisors on these four areas. Twice each school term, progress reports measuring these areas are sent to students and their families to summarize observations and highlight strengths and weaknesses.

We support students in these areas by offering ongoing opportunities such as topical workshops from experts, individualized guidance, weekly group discussions, and resource materials on key issues important to young people.

CHARACTER BUILDING

Developing identity through an active lifestyle

We expect our boarders to seek out new experiences as opportunities to grow and build character. This means participating together in organized activities and outings. We fully expect each student to become an active community member and through experience to grow as a resilient human being.

Every week, there are activities and outings arranged for boarders to gradually push their boundaries and expose themselves to unfamiliar places and interests. These include such drop-in events as cooking lessons, sporting competitions and musical performances, usually held on campus. Also included are more formal clubs with such diverse offerings as martial arts and photography. Our supervised outings bring groups all over the local region to join cultural celebrations and sporting events. More adventurous students may even take advantage of carefully-planned wilderness trips offered several times each term.

ACTIVITY OPPORTUNITIES

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Activity groups

Clubs that are instructed by widely-recognized coaches with such diverse offerings as martial arts and photography.

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Supervised outings

Students can participate in cultural and sporting events, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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Service organizations

Many students join service outings to volunteer with local organizations and extend goodwill.

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Drop-in events

There's always something happening on campus. From sports to cooking classes to music performances, there's something for everyone.


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