Continuing an annual tradition, five members of South Kent School's (SKS) junior class recently braved the elements during a mid-winter camping adventure, this year in the rugged hills of western Massachusetts.

Bridgewater resident Connor Greene was one of the students who set up camp along Money Brook trail on Mt. Greylock in Lanesborough, Mass.

The summit of Mt. Greylock, at 3,491 feet, is the highest point in Massachusetts.

The voluntary trip focused on putting into practice the school's core values of self-reliance and community leadership.

Unfortunately, while on the mountain, the students and their guide, 11th-grade dean Tim Bonis, encountered a severe winter storm forcing them to cut short their trip after one night of camping in the extreme cold and high winds.

The next day the group retreated to Bish Bash Falls on the New York/Massachusetts border, where they spent the day hiking before returning to the South Kent campus.

All the boys vowed to return for a second attempt at the Mt. Greylock summit in April when conditions will be more favorable.

"The winter camping experience this year gave some of our students a chance to push themselves past their comfort zone and make real-life choices under adverse circumstances," said Andrew Vadnais, South Kent School head of school.

"It also presented the leaders in the group a chance to lead, which they did admirably," he said.