100% OUTSIDE from a program that ran over 80, Covid free youth programs in 2020/21
Out Pod is our most immersive weekly program and has evolved from the desire on the part of local families to provide an outdoor adventure experience for their children in the face of distance learning during Covid 20/21. For the Summer OutPod continues to develop and provide participants with field trip, camping overnights and backpacking expeditions that are unique, amongst new friends and away from home and what's familiar. We strive to make this program student lead and encourage taking on challenges and bringing creativity. Participants learn to thrive away from home in the back country while learning to build new relationships and work as a team member.
Contact us if you belong to a friend/school/family group that would benefit from an OutPod program.
5 weeks session (every other week) - Students participate in one of the following program components. Students are assessed and provided mentoring and feedback regarding development of Teamwork, Personal Responsibility, Initiative & Competency.
Field Trips - Pod travels to explore regional natural areas, historical sites, natural resource site and/or wildlife/botanical sites to enrich program experience, provide inspiration and develop group social cohesion
Overnight Camping Trip - 2 day overnight trip to regional (within 2 hours) area to apply and develop skills practiced during afternoon sessions. Participants propose trip locations and activities. Students set up personal shelter, build fire, cook and work as a team to accomplish basic tasks.
Backpacking Expedition - 3 day, 2 night trip into a regional (within 2.5 hours of Corvallis) Wilderness Area. This is the culminating event of the OutPod Session and students are challenged to apply skills learned in the most challenging environment/context.