We answer that question from our mission statement and core values. Part of that statement declares that BJA exists to assist like-minded Christian parents in challenging students to embrace God’s truth and to serve others. The middle school trips to the Creation Museum and Colonial Williamsburg connect directly to these parts of our mission statement and to our core values of biblical foundation and integration, critical thinking, and leadership development. The trips also enrich core academic subjects.
At the Creation Museum (7th grade) we purposefully engage students in the foundation of their worldview. What do they believe about the origin of the universe, life, man? How did we get here, and why are we here? We study the stars and our planet to solidify what we believe, why we believe it, and how we answer those who challenge our beliefs.
At Colonial Williamsburg (8th grade) students examine how American governmental, economic, educational, social, and religious life developed. They glimpse the struggles at Jamestown, experience life in 1773 Williamsburg, converse with the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, and recognize God’s sovereignty in the final victory at Yorktown.
Students have opportunities to grow academically and spiritually as they serve others through interactions with guides, chaperons, and other tourists. They also develop leadership as they make group decisions. Of course, it is true that while it may not be our primary purpose for going, we also have quite a lot of fun on these trips and make many lasting memories.