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The 5th, 6th, and PG Forms are divided into three heterogeneous groupings called "affinity" groups. Over the course of the year, each affinity group will participate in three different "Calls" designed to guide young men along their Hero's Journey.
Call to Adventure
South Kent's Outdoor Adventure program fosters a deeper understanding of the self and instills in our students an appreciation for the natural world. The types of activities that drive our young men to these goals are rock climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, tree planting, overnight camping and structure building (all seasons). With the Call to Adventure, students are challenged to leave their comfort zones and develop the confidence to handle unfamiliar situations while simultaneously fostering a sense of stewardship for the environment.
Call to Service
A young man faces a choice in life: to be a hero, using his gifts and talents for the benefits of the community, or to be a celebrity, working only for his own benefit. South Kent develops heroes who act selflessly on behalf the community. Serving the community can take many different forms. Students will serve in the on-campus "jobs" program, and be asked to participate in a variety of off-campus service programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Midnight Run, or serving meals to the elderly or at a soup kitchen. Call to Service participants also have opportunities to attend retreats to reflect upon the links between their spiritual and communal lives.
Call to Explore
Upper School boys are at different stages of their hero's journey, some newly departed from home, others further along the path and already feeling comfortable and competent with their inner and outer worlds. The Call to Explore gives our boys the opportunity to explore and express themselves through drama, singing, movement, poetry, story telling, video production and more. Opportunities such as performances and presentations for the community draw boys out, encouraging them to accept themselves and making them comfortable with expression.
Call to Leadership
The Call to Leadership affinity group is designed to help students at South Kent School as they proceed on their Hero’s Journey. The program helps students find and strengthen those characteristics within themselves that may make them a better coach, executive or father after they leave the Hillside. The Program has three main components:
1. Healthy Relationships. To lead others, our students need to have an understanding of their own actions as they relate to others.
2. Model leadership. Students hash out what it means to be a leader in today’s global communities. Local leaders and alumni with experience in leadership roles meet with South Kent students to have informal conversations about traits they see in strong leaders.
3. Physical practice. This Call allows a dedicated time for introductions to different types of meditation and yoga practices. Students are challenged to find their own practice toward mindful action that starts on the mat and eventually leads to become part of who they are as leaders in their community.