SFCA High School Annual Trip Opportunities
Unplugged is our annual retreat to Southwind Youth Camp in Ocklawaha, Florida. During that week the students come together, away from outside distractions and focus on team building, class bonding, interaction with teachers, and spiritual emphasis – all blended with a healthy dose of fun! They engage in a variety of activities that take them outside their comfort zone and immerse them in a relaxing, retreat atmosphere. Each year a speaker and Praise Band are chosen that will challenge students to lean in and grow in their walk with Christ. This trip is for all students in grades 8-11, and optional for students in grade 12.
Mission Trip to Italy
Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences & Oceanography along with the Guy Harvey Research Institute offers an incredible shark tagging experience for school groups. Our students do all the work when tagging the sharks. They set the bait, hand-reel the sharks to the boat, then help gather data for the various research teams. The length of the shark is measured, a tissue sample is taken, and then a plastic tag is permanently attached to the shark’s dorsal fin. The work our students do provides data for more than one ongoing research project. The goal of one of these research projects is to determine the diversity and number of shark species living in Broward County waters. Even though scientists know which species frequent the region, no consistent data has been collected as to the number of individuals represented within each species or whether the individuals travel outside the region. Researchers are also trying to quantify how much commercial effort goes in to catching a shark. Very rarely are high school students able to participate in real-world scientific research, so this trip is quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most who participate.