Boulder Creek, CA

YMCA Camp Campbell Outdoor Science School- Boulder Creek, CA


Dates: March 22nd-31st

Cost: $600

Group Size: 2 leaders, 8 participants


Host Community:

Camp Campbell works with 5th and 6th graders from all over the Bay Area, and the diverse communities are just one of the wonderful aspects unique to our program. They work with both public and private schools, and about 50% of our schools are defined as Title 1 (low-income) populations.

Justice Issues/ Day to day activities:

Alternative Break participants at YMCA Camp Campbell will:

o Gain invaluable leadership experience along with a week of community service- and have an amazing time exploring the redwood forest while doing it!

 o Receive one full day of training in: behavior management; child abuse prevention; games and icebreakers; and tips and tricks for working with kids in a residential and outdoor setting (how to deal w/ homesickness, etc.)

o Be in charge of and the first line of support overnight for a cabin of 5th and/or 6th grade students from all over the diverse greater San Francisco Bay Area for 4 days and 3 nights (staff and classroom teachers are also onsite to support 24 hours/day).

o Attend field study along with students and their naturalist. Field study time focuses on hands-on ecology exploration in the redwood forest- just a few examples include: seeing banana slugs’ wacky and unique adaptations up close, searching for salamanders under logs, or hearing a story themed on interdependence underneath the branches of an old growth redwood tree. Field study time also includes one day-long picnic hike to an amazing ridge top view, a night hike, river study, survival skills, swimming pool, and more- SO MANY of our college students are surprised by how much they learn during field study time as well!

During a week at Camp Campbell Outdoor Science School, local 5th and 6th grade students, along with their volunteer leaders, learn about the natural world, explore different natural habitats, and work together as a community. Each year, over 5,000 students and hundreds of teachers and cabin leader volunteers join our dynamic, well-educated, and passionate staff to experience the magic of nature. A week at Outdoor School provides students with a unique opportunity to engage with the natural world, explore forest and river ecosystems, and live in a community with their fellow students. Students and their volunteer cabin leaders live in heated cabins with bunks beds for three nights, while exploring the magic of the redwood forest during field study with their naturalist during the day


Food, Lodging, Travel:


·         Gorgeous location in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California

·        Cabin style lodging

·        Our meals are eaten family style, where volunteers sit at tables with and supervise student participants in the program from Tuesday lunch through Friday brunch. Each table seats 8-9 students and 1-2 leaders, and leaders share the table with the same group of students throughout the week. Monday lunch and dinner, Tuesday breakfast, and Friday lunch will also be served for volunteers and staff. **Coffee and tea are available throughout the day!** Breakfast 8:00-8:50am Lunch 12:30-1:20pm Dinner 6:00- 6:50pm Brunch (Friday only) 8:30-9:30am Meals are both kid-friendly and healthy, and we offer vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and glutenfree options at every meal- Please just let us know of your participants’ dietary restrictions ahead of time so that our kitchen staff may be prepared! Our salad bar, sometimes with ingredients straight from the Camp Campbell garden, is served at every lunch and dinner, and bowls of fruit are available in the dining hall throughout the day.


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