Outdoor Education Programs

At YMCA Camp Lincoln, we build Strong Kids, Strong Families and Strong Communities. We believe Outdoor Education plays an important role in the development of sound minds, bodies and spirits.

Students read from text books in school about scientific processes, habitats, and ecosystems. An Outdoor Education experience at Camp Lincoln can allow the students to come into the woods and put their hands on the natural world. They have an opportunity to use all of their senses to experience what Earth Science is all about.

While learning on the trails and building self-confidence on the Challenge Course, all participants in our programs learn the necessary pieces to develop a strong community. Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Caring are the four character traits incorporated into all of our programs. Our staff leads by example.

The overall purpose of the Outdoor Education Program is to facilitate growth in awareness, understanding, appreciation, and respect of our natural world. By joining one of our programs, participants will have fun, participate in hands-on activities and have experiences, which act as a springboard for further exploration in and out of the classroom. The Camp Lincoln Outdoor Education Program is an excellent way to introduce students to the value of the environment - or reinforce lessons learned in a positive and nurturing environment. Our programs have an effect, which lasts a lifetime.

Groups come to Camp Lincoln with goals and we work to cooperatively to tailor a program to best accomplish those goals. Whether you are coming to Camp Lincoln for fun or learning, our staff is versatile and can deliver your program. Camp Lincoln can accommodate groups with four members or three hundred participants.

The selection of activities we offer is extensive, with choices that include:

  • Team Building Initiatives
  • Group Games
  • Nature Hike
  • Sports&Games
  • Challenge Course (Low Ropes)
  • Archery
  • Forest Ecology
  • Orienteering
  • High Ropes
  • Boating
  • Nature Writing
  • Arts&Crafts
  • Climbing Wall
  • Swimming
  • Pond Ecology
  • Mountain Biking

During the winter, we have snowshoes and sledding hills. Bring your group to camp for some winter team building, animal tracking on snowshoes, a tour of the frozen lake and some hot cocoa. We also have a large winterized program lodge with a fireplace to warm up in or have indoor educational programming.

If a one-day program is not enough, we can run a multi-day program or an overnight experience. With our 10 cabins and 100 bunks, overnights are a great way to build a closer community within your group. We can provide programming for the entire experience or share the facilitation with the adults in your group.

To learn more about our programs, email Kate Banyas. To make a reservation for your class or group, complete the reservation form and mail or fax it to Kate. If your group is using the High Ropes course or Climbing Wall, all participants must have a signed waiver, which can be brought to Camp on the day of your event. Click here for Ropes and Challenge Course Release Form

Click here for Outdoor Education Reservation Form and Rates

Here are some pictures of Camp Lincoln Outdoor Education programming:

 

 
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