Activities

Service Trips

Mount Saint Charles Academy offers several service trips throughout the year. These trips give students the opportunity to practice what they have been taught through the school and the Brothers' mission. It also gives them the chance to make spiritual connections and develop compassionate relationships in environments that they might not otherwise have the chance to experience.

Florida-Blowing Rocks Preserve

For the 15th consecutive year, faculty members Richard Lawrence and Donald Hogue have led a group of Mount students to Jupiter Island on a service trip to work alongside members of The Nature Conservancy on a restoration project which involves working to improve the habitat of the giant sea turtles who nest there every spring. The students who participated gave up their February vacation and spent their time planting, removing exotic plants, and building fences and bridges as part of this project!

Arizona Navajo Reservation

For the past 15 years or so, Mount students and chaperones from faculty and staff spend a week in Klagetoh, Arizona, located in Navajo Nation.  The group is lodged at the Saint Anne Mission, operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.  From there, students and chaperones participate in various service activities for the Navajo people who reside on the reservation.  The purpose of the trip is to work with the staff of Saint Anne Mission and aid in meeting the needs of reservation’s residents who may be experiencing poverty or unemployment.
 
This year, fifteen Mount juniors and seniors and three faculty members spent their February vacation on the reservation.  While there, the group stripped and reshingled a roof for an elderly Navajo woman; rebuilt a sheep corral; cleaned several sheep corrals; split wood for elderly residents; and performed a variety of tasks around the mission itself.  The trip provides students and faculty an opportunity to meet and interact with the Navajo people and gain firsthand knowledge of Navajo history and the people’s way of life.  This year, the group actually built a new sweat lodge for the mission and participated in a Navajo sweat lodge ceremony, a traditional spiritual cleansing.
 
This annual excursion proves to be a transformative experience for students and adults who participate and is a sincere example of Mount spirit in action.