There are so many opportunities for Watershed students to connect with each other, the greater community, and even the world. Here are just a few of them:
Annual Canoe Trip
Each fall, the school year kicks off with a 4-day canoe trip to establish respect, trust, and esprit de corps for the year ahead. This is a great opportunity for students to get to know one another in a relaxed and friendly environment.
All School Meetings
At Watershed, democracy isn’t simply discussed; it’s practiced. Effective participation in a democracy requires training. Students are directly engaged in community building and take responsibility for drafting, deliberating, and establishing aspects of school policy at bi-weekly All School Meetings. Here, students voice their issues and share their ideas. All members of the school community learn how to exercise their voice.
While All-School Meetings are a place for group check-ins, Advising is a place for individual check-ins. Students are assigned a faculty advisor, and these bi-weekly meetings allow time for students to touch base with their advisor with any questions or concerns.
LEF (Liberian Education Fund)
The mission of LEF is to provide youth in Liberia educational opportunities by building connections with students from across the world. The Watershed chapter was the second high school chapter of LEF to be formed, and we have grown quickly. We currently support five high school students. The Watershed school has a very popular wreath sale each year near the holidays; this is not only a great fundraiser, but also a chance for the students in the chapter to bond and get to know each other as they make the wreaths by hand. They also host regular bake sales in their school, and have a very successful annual 5k “Run for Liberia” in the spring. This year, Senior Jerin Brooks and Sophomore Hallie MacDougal lead the Watershed LEF as co-presidents. For more information on LEF, please visit www.liberianeducationfund.org.
Students who have a passion for sports or who want to participate on athletic teams at the local public school may do so in many different forms, including-
- Rockland Community Sailing
- Belfast High School Soccer
- Camden Hills Alpine Ski Team
- Megunticook Rowing
- Ultimate Frisbee
- and many others!
Each year, Watershed holds a Coffeehouse, which is our unique version of a talent show. Students are encouraged to play music, perform skits, dance, and even try their hand at stand-up comedy. These events always draw a packed house, and are great fun for all involved.
Watershed prides itself on active and engaged learning, and Field Trips are a perfect opportunity for that experience. Recently, we’ve visited the following:
- The Winter Carnival in Quebec City
- New York City
- Rhode Island School of Design
- The Bowdoin Library
- Acadia National Park
- Martin Luther King Day at Bates College
- The Islamic Center of Maine at UMaine Orono
- Local hikes
Even when we’re not off exploring another place, there’s so much to see in our own backyard. Watershed School is located in the beautiful coastal town of Camden, Maine. No matter the season, Camden has much to offer. We’re a short walk to Harbor Park, where our students often picnic for lunch. Some are even known to take a dip in the harbor if weather permits! Students can visit one of the many restaurants in town during their lunch break, or they can simply take a walk and enjoy the scenery. We’re less than four miles to the Snow Bowl, the only ski mountain on the East Coast with ocean views, and we’re minutes away from several rivers and lakes.
Music and Theatre
Many of our students participate in band, chorus, and theatre at Camden Hills Regional High School. Additionally, Watershed has several electives that appeal to musicians and actors, including:
- Performing Arts
- Choral Group