The last week in August of each year provides Auldern Academy staff and students with a unique opportunity to work together. During this week, the campus essentially relocates to Camp Keyauwee in nearby Sophia, NC for a period of team building that includes every student and staff members from every department. Participants experience a number of challenges including a low ropes course, a climbing tower, and team sports. Activities abound during the week-long event at Camp Keyauwee and student and staff alike come away from the experience with a stronger sense of purpose.
Every spring, Auldern students embark on a week-long experiential trip. This experience combines hands-on learning, new opportunities for social engagement, and plenty of amusement. Past destinations include: Washington DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, and historic colonial areas of Virginia. Each experiential trip is planned through a professional tour company and chaperoned by Auldern Academy staff members from the clinical, student life, and academic departments. Travel to and from the destination is made by hired motor coach.
In addition to the annual spring excursion, several day-long experiential trips are scheduled throughout the school year. Student get the opportunity to explore the multitude of museums, university campuses, and learning centers located throughout the area. In past years students have visited the NC Museum of Natural History, the NC Museum of Art, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, to name but a few destinations.
Both the annual spring trip and day outings are planned with specific learning objectives created by the faculty. The overall goal is for students to understand that learning can take place beyond the classroom and that experiencing something can have a profound effect on the way they see the world.