WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — One local high school is teaching students to love the world around them in an untraditional way.

Wilkes-Barre Area High School is working to make sure get out of the classroom, off their phones, and do fun things like rock climbing.

“I love it. I live for it. This is my life. //I actually joined high school, the specific one I joined, because of Mr. Elias and the things he has for outing club,” stated Zachary Myers, a student.

Zachary Myers is a proud member of the outing club. It gives him and other Wilkes-Barre Area High School students the opportunity to do things like

Skiing, kayaking, and hiking.

“I’ve met so many new people with it. I see so many people around school that I’m like, ‘oh we probably don’t have the same interests.’, and then we’re both in the outing club. Woah,” said Mackenzie “Mack” Andrews, a student

From getting set up to climbing the wall and of course, safely coming back down. The “Outing Club” gives students the opportunity to try something new and learn in a more untraditional way.

“Something like rock climbing, the kids are responsible for their own safety. It’s something I’ve noticed with our kids in our club. They’re accountable. It’s all on them,” explained Sam Elias/

Students tell me they find it refreshing to unplug and just do something fun.

“It’s amazing. It’s so relaxing. You think, ‘how could I ever live without my phone?’ until you actually do it and then go out and kayak or something. You’re like ‘oh this is easy, I want to do it more often,” stated Andrews.

Their next big trip will be kayaking from Laceyville to Tunkhannock from June 24th through the 26th.

For more information on the outing club, head to their Facebook page.