YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY

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CAMP CLASSEN OUTDOOR SCHOOL
EXPERIENTIAL OUTDOOR EDUCATION
 

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The Outdoor School at YMCA CAMP CLASSEN is the most unique program of its kind. It is both easily accessible from main highways and a reasonable distance for many schools in Oklahoma and Texas and covers 2,400 extraordinary acres in the Arbuckle Mountains. The camp’s facilities are designed to accommodate multiple student ages and needs at the same time.Our ecological diversity is a treasure in itself. Between its lakes, mountain tops, streams, fields, and waterfalls - the Eastern forest biome interlaces with that of the 

Western plains. This diversity and natural beauty make it ideally suited for hands-on, place-based learning. Its facilities are not only tuned to complement and support academic programs, but to promote and encourage leadership, teamwork, value training, trust, self worth and understanding for students.

CAMP CLASSEN's Outdoor School offers outdoor education programs for schools from Oklahoma and Texas. Half and full week sessions are offered. Teachers can take their classes on guided interpretive hikes focusing on geology, ecology, biomes, natural cycles, and fossils. Our place-based education programs include ready for use curriculum for teachers including geology, ecology, adaptation, water, predator prey studies, fresh water labs, fossil labs, orienteering and so much more!

Our Outdoor School empowers teachers to take their classroom outside, allowing them to connect with their students and create memories to last a lifetime. Activities are hands-on and place-based so students are not only learning key concepts, but relating it to very specific events of the real world.

 

We believe that the teacher is an essential building block in the acquisition of knowledge. It’s their presence within the Outdoor School’s instruction that connect school concepts to life learning to retained knowledge. For this, we provide great facilities with a comprehensive range of curriculum and program support for you and a pricing scale that cannot be matched! 

Whether you call it environmental education, experiential education, outdoor education, hands on learning, place-based studies or just camp - our goals are the same:

1. To help you promote the greatest retention of knowledge possible 
2. For
students to enjoy learning and become lifelong learners 
3. To give students
concrete examples that apply to classroom learning 
4. To promote sustainable responsible stewardship of the environment / to make environmental decisions based on the big picture good of our civilization. 
5. To
help students value themselves, others, and their environment 


FACILITIES

At YMCA CAMP CLASSEN we provide our schools with many excellent facilities at your disposal for different activities or programsyou might have as well as air conditioned / heated cabins so you and the kids stay comfortable during any weather condition.

  •   1 large dining hall
  •   Collin's Ranch w/ horseback riding options for 125 people / day
  •   Nature Center with auditorium and labs
  •   Lodge with trading post (concessions and gifts)
  •   26 cabins and 278 beds
  •   Teacher dorms or separate teacher cabins
  •   2 lakes
  •   2 large waterfalls (and many smaller ones)
  •   Athletic and game field
  •   Miles of guided nature trails
  •   Campfire areas
  •   Waterfront for canoeing, fishing, or enjoying beach volleyball
  •   Covered waterfront pavilion with picnic tables, restrooms, water fountains, and carpetball games
  •   Archery and target sport options
  •   Covered gym with basketball and volleyball courts

ACTIVITIES CAMP CLASSEN STAFF ARE PREPARED TO LEAD

These activities and classes are offered for facilitation by YMCA CAMP CLASSEN's Outdoor School program staff. (Please keep in mind that while our staff can facilitate/ teach these activities they are not professional educators.) Specific schedules are customized for each school to meet the needs of the students, teachers and camps needs.

WARRENT MOUNTAIN (Ecology and biomes hike)

LAKE CLASSEN (Water cycle hikes)

LICK CREEK FOSSIL TRAIL

  •   Orienteering
  •   Astronomy
  •   Camp Fire
  •   Boating
  •   Geochaching
  •   Archery
  •   Riflery
  •   Challenge Course
  •   Horseback rides (Professional staff provided by CAMP CLASSEN for this activity)
  •   Horse science and safety (Professional staff provided by CAMP CLASSEN for this activity)
  •   Dances
  •   Night Hike

ACTIVITIES SCHOOL STAFF AND TEACHERS CAN LEAD

In addition to the activities/ classes listed above and led by the CAMP CLASSEN program staff, we can also offer detailed curriculum specific to Camp Classen property that can be taught by your teachers. These are:

WATER LABS

FOSSIL LABS

Animal Ecology

SKULL DETECTIVES AND TRACKS

INSTINCTS FOR SURVIVAL 

 

OUTDOOR SCHOOL PRICING

We hope you will join us at CAMP CLASSEN! We do have financial assistance to meet your needs and can put together a package to accommodate most desired outcomes. Contact us today at 580 369 2272 for more information on our pricing packages.

FULL WEEK $170 PER PERSON (Includes 12 meals beginning with dinner on the day of arrival and ending with a sack lunch on the day of departure)
HALF WEEK $90 PER PERSON (Includes 6 meals beginning with dinner on the day of arrival and ending with a sack lunch on the day of departure)
TRAIL RIDES $15 PER PERSON (Includes horse safety and science instruction)

 

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OUR MAILING ADDRESS: 10840 Main Camp RD. Davis, OK 73030

OUR PHONE: 580-369-2272