TAKING THE CLASSROOM OUTDOORS THROUGH OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Outdoor education enables and encourages students to understand and experience relationships between themselves and the natural environment. At YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin we provide this environment to help refresh and energize students through activities that promote teamwork and communications.

We believe a student’s hands-on experience is the best teacher and our outdoor educational curriculum is designed to be a hands-on way to learn solid, educational topics.  Our program provides students an appreciation of the wonders of the environment through activities that promote teamwork and communication.  We have over 160 acres of fields, forest and lakefront to provide the perfect setting for students and teachers.

We will help you custom design a program that compliments your school courses, as our programs are aligned with state learning objectives and educational standards. Our classes are led by trained professionals who facilitate the learning experience through group work, guided discovery, participatory discussions, and fun activities.  Plan a day or stay for an entire week.  Here are just a few of the type of outdoor education programs we offer:

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AND TEAM BUILDING

  • Group Initiatives
  • Teams Course
  • Orienteering
  • Gold Rush
  • Outdoor Living
  • Skills Survival
  • The Beast
  • Choices and Challenges
  • Rock Climbing
  • High Ropes Course
  • Pamper Pole
  • Zip Line

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

  • Forest Ecology
  • Terrific Trees
  • Insect Dissection
  • Stream Studies
  • Birding
  • Water Cycle
  • Populations
  • Super Senses
  • Tracking
  • Winter Wonders

LIVING HISTORY

  • Pioneering
  • Fur Trade
  • Native American Life
  • Lumbering

RECREATIONAL CLASSES

  • Horseback Riding
  • Archery
  • Horse Sense
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Snowshoeing

EVENING PROGRAMS

  • Capture the Flag
  • Predator Prey
  • Mock Olympics
  • Boof
  • Action Auction
  • Sensory Night Hikes
  • Creative Dramatics
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Stock Exchange

We also recognize that students are faced with a lot of hard challenges today and to help students deal with issues such as respect, trust, and responsibility, we’ve partnered with the Search Institute to help students acquire many of the developmental assets needed to grow up as healthy, caring, and responsible adults.

Below are examples of outdoor educational retreats for one, two, or three days:

ONE DAY RETREAT

9:00 Arrival and Orientation
9:30-10:45 Activity #1
10:45-12:00 Activity #2
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 Activity #3
2:15-3:30 Activity #4
3:30 Load busses

TWO DAY RETREAT

Day One
9:00 Arrival, Move into cabins
9:30 Welcome and Orientation
10:00-11:15 Activity #1
11:15-12:30 Activity #2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Activity #3
2:45-4:00 Activity #4
4:00-5:00 Structured Open Time
5:15-6:15 Dinner
6:30-7:45 All Camp Game
7:45-8:00 Snack

Day Two
8:00-9:00 Campfire
8:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:15 Activity #5
10:15-11:30 Activity #6
11:45-12:45 Lunch
1:00 Load Busses

THREE DAY RETREAT

Day One
10:00 Arrival, Move in
10:30 Welcome and Orientation
11:00 Camp Tours
11:30 Large Group Icebreakers
12:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Activity #1
2:30-4:00 Activity #2
4:00-5:00 Structured Open Time
5:15-6:15 Dinner
6:30-7:45 All Camp Game
7:45-8:00 Snack
8:00-9:00 Evening Activity

Day Two
8:15 Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Activity #3
10:30-12:00 Activity #4
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:00 Cabin Time
2:00-3:30 Activity #5
3:30-5:00 Activity #6
5:00-5:30 Structured Open Time
5:30-6:30 Dinner
6:45-7:45 All Camp Game
7:45-8:00 Snack
8:00-9:00 Evening Activity

Day Three
8:15 Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Activity #7
10:30-12:00 Activity #8
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15 Load Busses

If you are interested in learning more, please contact camp@grymca.org or give us a call at 888.909.2267, we would love to help you plan your Outdoor Education retreat.