Studies have shown that time spent in nature (there will be no personal electronic devices allowed) leads to increased creativity, reduced stress and an enhanced ability to focus and be attentive in the classroom resulting in:
- Improved grades and behavior.
- Strong relationships with peers and teachers.
- Enhanced communication and critical thinking skills.
- Mature decision making and leadership capabilities.
At St. Thomas, we believe in guiding young men to realize their potential and the heroic possibilities that God has for their lives. To this end, we want to help our students to see and discover themselves and the world as they truly are. By taking our students away from their familiar, comfortable, technology-filled, urban, environment into nature, a place of uncertainty, mystery and wonder. This kind of learning will stick with students until the end of their days. Indeed, without a significant experience of nature, such learning might not be possible otherwise.