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There’s nothing like getting away

Our Outdoor Education Program enables students to connect with each other and their teachers while they live, work, and play together. In addition, they gain respect for themselves, each other, and the natural world through experiences that don’t happen at school or home. Every day at Camp Ohiyesa is a new opportunity for students to develop social-emotional skills and key attributes like intellectual character and grit. Outdoor Education also helps to build the types of relationships that enhance learning back in the classroom.

An Outdoor Education trip provides opportunities for students and educators to bond through shared experiences like the bog walk, teams course, or the evening campfire, which can help to strengthen the school’s sense of community. Day trips and week-long programs are available. Our most popular program is a 3-day, 2-night experience.

We work closely with teachers to supplement the classroom curriculum with hands-on experiences. Camp Ohiyesa Outdoor Education Leaders receive formal training to deliver experiential learning activities. In addition, they’re passionate about helping children learn and grow.

3 day, 2 night Sample Schedule

Though there are variations, a typical day schedule looks like this:

Day 1
10:15 a.m. Arrival & Welcome Orientation
11:15 a.m. Group Icebreakers
11:45 a.m. Goals & Expectations
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Skill Period #1
2:30 p.m. Skill Period #2
4:00 p.m. Skill Period #3
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Evening Program & Snack
8:00 p.m. Signature Campfire Program
9:00 p.m. Return to cabins. Showers & Cabin Time.
107:00 p.m. Lights Out
Day 2
7:00 a.m. Wake Up
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Skill Period #4
10:30 a.m. Skill Period #5
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Skill Period #6
2:30 p.m. Skill Period #7
4:00 p.m. Structured Free Choice
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Evening Program & Snack
8:00 p.m. Twilight Activity
9:00 p.m. Return to cabins. Showers & Cabin Time.
107:00 p.m. Lights Out
Day 3
7:00 a.m. Wake Up. Clean, pack, move luggage.
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:30 a.m. Departure from Camp

This is a suggested schedule and can be tailored to your group’s needs. Call us at (248) 887-4533 for more information.

Activity Choices during Skill Periods

Adventure & Team Building Activities

  • Group Initiatives
  • Climbing Tower
  • Zip Line Giant Swing
  • Low Ropes Teams Course
  • The BEAST (Group communication)
  • Canoeing

Outdoor Environmental Education Activities

  • Wetlands Tour & Bog Walk
  • Birding
  • Forest Ecology
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Petting Farm & Feeding
  • Archery

Living History Activities

  • Pioneer Village
  • Bread-Making
  • Candle-Making
  • Pioneer Activities
  • Voyager Canoeing

Evening Group Programs

  • Campfire Songs
  • Skits
  • Mock Olympics
  • Predator/Prey
  • Alpha Beta (Cultural awareness)
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Creative Dramatics
  • Capture the Flag
  • Sensory Night Hikes
  • MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

Structured Free Time Activities

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature Hikes
  • Frisbee
  • Court Time (Hockey, Basketball)
  • Soccer
  • Group Games
  • Bounce Village
  • Skate Park
  • Football