Testimonials

Every school teacher that participates in our programs is given the opportunity to complete an anonymous post-trip survey. Here are a few responses from that survey.

“I have experience with the Outdoor School both as a teacher who attends the trip, and as the mother of two children who have attended the trip. As a teacher, I find the trip to be deeply meaningful in its ability to allow students/staff to have hands on experiences and see each other “in a different light.” Every year, I am surprised at the aspects of students that we see while at camp that we didn’t see in the regular classroom. It also helps students bond with each other and to experience the benefits of nature. As a mother, both of my daughters felt passionate that their overnight experience was one of the most enjoyable and memorable of their middle school years.”– 5th Grade Teacher, Germantown Academy

“The work you are doing is fantastic. It allows for students who struggle in a traditional setting to shine in a different venue, interact with the environment, interact with counselors from different countries/cultures, and allows for some to disengage from the electronics they have come to rely on for entertainment.” – 4th Grade Science Teacher, The Shipley School
“It’s impossible to say. for some kids it is getting to meet the animals at the environmental center. For others it is doing skits at the campfire. The whole experience is popular with the kids almost everyone of them comes away with a different positive experience.”– 6th Grade Teacher, McCall Elementary
“I’ve been attending camp with my students for over 15 years and it is the single best experience that my students get during their elementary years. The bonding between classmates is one of the most obvious benefits. Every year, we see kids making friends with students from our partner school, which is extremely helpful as they move into the middle school. We also see kids reaching out to and interacting with their classmates in new and different ways every year. The staff-led activities are all excellent. The staff knows how to communicate with students in a way that is both educational and entertaining.” – 5th Grade Teacher, Crooked Billet Elementary
“Hard to choose which lesson is the most effective, our students enjoyed so many of them: Survival, anything with animals, Pennypack farm, Water studies of all kids, learning about plants. Our students did well with the hands-on aspect of most of your lessons. The Pennypack farm visit- supports/strengthens environmental unit from earlier in the school year (environmental factors, abiotic/biotic, etc.)” –– 5th Grade Teacher, Skyview Upper Elementary
“Lessons fit to our curriculum especially visiting the organic farm, archeology dig, and wetlands lesson. All lessons taught by TN’s are appropriate to our students’ grade level. All staff interact with our students in a positive and engaging way. Amazingly, each year, all staff, even new staff, seem to be naturals around kids! Great job hiring!”- 5th Grade Teacher, Upper Merion Area Middle School

Team Building

Many of our day trip groups focus on team building programs.  Here are the responses to our question about the benefits of this program.

How did the Outdoor School experience affect students peer relationships?

Students had the opportunity to interact with peers they might not generally interact with.  With a complex student group, this experience brought out the best in those that attended, thanks to the outstanding camp staff. – School Counselor, Hatboro Horsham

I’ve been attending camp with my students for over 15 years and it is the single best experience that my students get during their elementary years. The bonding between classmates is one of the most obvious benefits. Every year, we see kids making friends with students from our partner school, which is extremely helpful as they move into the middle school. We also see kids reaching out to and interacting with their classmates in new and different ways every year. – 5th Grade Teacher, Simmons Elementary

This is my third time as a chaperone.  I have loved watching the students who never bonded with anyone specifically find forever buddies at camp. When you share the kinds of memories with others like we do at camp you always have a common special experience to talk about! – Parent Chaperone, Meredith Elementary

Students talk about their camp trip for year to come after 5th grade. They remember the kids they went with. They have formed a bond that they never let go of.  Students definitely seem closer upon the return from camp. It is a shame for the few students who do not attend, since camp is referenced for the rest of the school year. – Physical Education Teacher, Lingelbach Elementary

The Outdoor School positively affected student peer relationships and created a stronger teamwork environment in our classes.  Kids seem more bonded when they return to school and some of the bullying have thankfully not resurfaced since the camping trip and the team building activities. – 5th Grade Teacher, MaST Charter School

Students got to laugh together, work together and see each other in many different lights. So much more of this is needed in schools. Thank you for bringing out the best in our kids and letting them see their own strengths within the group! – 6th Grade Teacher, Perkiomen Valley Middle School

We always came at the very beginning of our school year, and often we had many new students and some new staff. This was for many of us the best part of the school year. It gave us a safe and fun place to bond with each other. – Science Teacher, The Quaker School at Horsham