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YMCA OF GREATER MONTGOMERY

Outdoor Education

The mission of Camp Chandler Outdoor Education is to provide a comprehensive outdoor classroom program in an atmosphere where children will develop a more complete understanding of the total educational curriculum and an appreciation of the outdoors. Students will develop leadership abilities and teamwork skills through hands-on experiences and interactions with the environment, as they participate in character building activities.

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we have been taught.” 
-Baba Dioum

Curriculum

Wilderness Y, The Outdoor Education Program of YMCA Camp Chandler, provides a comprehensive program for students, grades K-12. The lessons meet many basic education requirements, as well as enhance and reinforce the state courses of study. The YMCA staff will help the teacher set up the activities that best meet the needs of their students.

Objective

  • To enrich and reinforce the classroom curriculum with hands-on learning experiences.
  • To create an understanding of the relationships and responsibilities between man and his environment.
  • To develop self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and communication skills through a group centered, adventure education program.

Program Descriptions

This program has been developed to give children the maximum learning experience. It includes your choice of 10 class offerings and two evening programs. Children stay in a comfortable, climatized, modern lodge with a minimum of one parent per group of 12 children. For overnights, Camp Chandler offers heated and cooled accommodations for up to 150 people. All meals are included in the cost (two dinners, two breakfasts, and two lunches).

This program can be structured in many ways to meet your needs. Typical program would have a class arriving at 9:00 a.m. on the first day with a full set of four classes and an evening program. The second day would also include four classes and departure at 2:00 p.m. Children stay in a comfortable, climatized, modern lodge with a minimum of one parent per group of 12 children. All meals are included in the cost (two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast).

This program starts about 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. with four classes and lunch.

Camp Chandler also provides an excellent setting to get away from the halls of school for teachers. Use our wonderful facilities as a place to meet. Use our low ropes course to help bring the staff closer together. Overnight or day retreats can be accommodated.

YMCA Camp Chandler is the ideal place for an End-of-the Year Party or Fun Day. Our 1,000 acres is the ideal place for children to run and play. Camp is a safe and secure area. Listed below are several options for your students. Activities are led by our trained and certified staff.

End of the Year Parties/Camp Fun Days include:

  • GaGa Pit
  • Funyaks
  • Riflery
  • Sports & Games
  • Pedal Boats
  • Boat Rides
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Inflatables
  • Putt Putt
  • Swimming
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Canoeing
  • Scavenger Hunt

 

Class offerings

Life Science

Animal Senses
Birds
Bugs
Aquatic Study
Fishing
Predator/Prey
Animal Tracks
Owl Pellets
Discovery/Hike

Pioneer Skills & Crafts

Candle making
Paper making







Recreation

GaGa Pit
Funyaks
Riflery
Sports & Games
Pedal Boats
Boat Rides
Archery
Fishing
Inflatables
Putt Putt
Swimming
Arts & Crafts
Canoeing
Scavenger Hunt

Earth Science

Tour of Jordan Hydroelectric Plant
Adventure Boxes
Weather
Rock Hunt
Boat Tour of Lake Jordan



Native Americas

Native American Games & Culture
Archery
Canoeing





Social Science

Team Building Initiatives
Individual Challenge Course
Climbing Tower
Orienteering
War Canoes
GPS Experience



When It's Dark

Night Hike
Campfire
Capture the Flag
Trust Walk
Scavenger Hunt