Students spend their mornings in classes.  They discuss the qualities of leadership and the attributes of successful students. They learn mediation and set up school systems. They plan, cook, and work on projects together. 
At night, students vote on legislation that they write in committees in the afternoons.  Modifications to our constitution and new laws for our handbook are hammered out around the campfire.
Back-To-School Camping Trip 
Camp Mattole

Camping together is the way we start our year.  We get together for a week to plan, agree on our laws, apply for our jobs, get our systems set up, elect our tribal leaders and get to know each other.   We come away from that first week connected.  I love having this time to get to know my students as people, and to begin our work for the year together.