Field trips present a way for students to enjoy experiences related to what they are learning.  The mixture of off and on-site experiences and activities serve a variety of purposes. Among those are: to introduce a concept, to act as a culminating activity, to provide hands-on learning, to apply knowledge to today’s world, to serve as a motivational tool, and to provide experiences that students may not otherwise have.  They bring life to what is being taught.  Field trips and guest speakers provide a tangible, visible dimension to the educational process.  Additional trips may occur for the purpose of rewarding student performance, providing opportunities for community service, or providing celebration/fellowship opportunities for secondary division students.

Field trip destinations vary to a degree each year.  A sampling of typical field trips are provided to give an idea of what may be experienced during the years at GCA:  Swift Creek Mill Playhouse, Theatre IV, Carter’s Grove, Science Museum, Quartermaster’s Museum, Tredegar Ironworks, Richmond Art Museum, Moorefield Mines, Jamestown, Monticello, White House, Smithsonian, museums and Broadway plays in New York City, and so many more.

Differing from field trips are overnight or extended-stay experiences such as weekend leadership conferences, mission trips, senior trips, and teambuilding on the secondary level.