Haverbrook is a proud city with many traditions. Every year, a ceremony is held in the town square to commemorate the townspeople who lost their lives during World War I. The opening of hunting season is always celebrated with a town festival, including live music in the square and a cookoff contest. The most enduring tradition in Haverbrook, however, is the annual End-of-School-Year Campout, which takes place the weekend before the last week of school. The Campout involves every schoolchild from eighth grade down — as well as any students from ninth grade and above who choose to — traveling to the woods south of town and setting up campsites for the weekend. Students are separated into groups of eight to ten, featuring older and younger students mixed, and assigned a campsite area in which to build a fire, pitch tents, and learn about the basics of camping. The Campout is greatly celebrated among the students of Haverbrook, and is seen as both a valuable lesson in team building and self-reliance, and a valuable opportunity to blow off steam before final exams. While the Campout has been criticized before, there has never been any serious attempt to end the tradition or to prevent students from experiencing this important life lesson.