What are the first steps to bringing my students?
Give us a call and we can tell you more about all our program options, available dates and fees. For overnight programs, one of our Outdoor School staff members can come down to your school to show our slideshow presentation which answers many questions parents, students and teacher may have. We also encourage you to come over to camp and see what we have going on.
Once you have a date that works for you, we will send out a booking contract. We ask that a 10% deposit be sent back with a certificate of insurance for the school at least 6 weeks before your trip.
How many teachers from my school should attend?
There should be one school faculty member on site at all times during the program. We recommend 1 school chaperone for every 25 students. For evening cabin supervision, we recommend 2 adults per cabin. Camp staff do not sleep in the cabins with students.
We do not charge for day trip chaperones. For overnight chaperones we only charge adults over the 1:25 teacher:student ratio.
Can we bring parent chaperones?
Some schools do use parent chaperones to assist with evening supervision in the cabins. Each school’s policy on using parent chaperones differs.
Will I need to teach lessons or lead activities?
For most groups, our Teacher Naturalists lead most of the activities. We do ask that teachers participate in activities and help with supervision. However, for larger groups (over 100 students) Teachers may be needed to help run a group challenge station or provide additional supervision during lessons led by Outdoor School staff.
We make sure there are some down times for teachers during the overnight programs!
Is there phone and internet service at the camp?
All cell phone carriers have service. Wi-Fi is provided in the camp dining hall.
Do you accommodate special dietary requirements?
Most day trip groups brig their own bagged lunch. For overnight program groups we can provide vegetarian and gluten-free options. We can also provide dairy-free meals. Please contact our office directly at 215 542 7974, at least a week in advance to arrange a special meal arrangement. All meals at College Settlement are nut-free EXCEPT any bagged lunches students bring. A refrigerator and microwave are available for use.
Do you accommodate students with different abilities?
We can modify our programs to enable as much student participation as possible. We have both an all terrain wheelchair and golf cart available if students or teachers need them to access the trails.
Does College Settlement provide a nurse?
We do not have a nurse on staff. If your school does not have a nurse that can attend, we can put teachers in touch with some of our local RN friends who you can contract for the trip.
How much do your programs cost?
College Settlement strives to keep our programs affordable. We have several fee options for schools. A list of our basic fees for 2019 are here OUTDOOR SCHOOL FEE TABLE 2019
Are there any scholarships available?
We are able to offer our participating schools financial assistance to assist cover the fees for students who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in their school trip. Please contact our office for details on how to apply for scholarships.
For More information on planning your trip – take a look at our Outdoor School Planning Guide 2018 – 2019
Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. - Walt Whitman