At Camp, all of life is up for investigation, and learning takes place every day, throughout the day, and in every situation the Camper finds himself. Staying under budget while planning a menu that includes all of the food groups is so personal that he will not only eat it, but also serve it to his group so they can enjoy the experience together...or laugh at a small failure. Birds, flowers, aquatic life, and all of creation beg to be explored, experienced, and studied.
Writing an article about these experiences for the Camp newspaper, a letter home, making weekly plans, and trip plans all afford opportunity for language arts improvement in a personal way. Designing tents or even a bridge motivates to improve math skills. Six-week session themes bring history, geography, physics or economics alive to boys. At Camp, education is life-wide.
It is valuable to see how strong newly-formed habits have become when removed from the comforts and structures of Camp. Boys take fun and exciting trips away from Camp if they are willing to do the research and planning necessary for such an outing. A trip might have an educational theme like "Dairy" where farms, cheese plants, ice cream factories and retail dairy stores might be visited. Or it could take the form of a two-week canoe trip, or a three-week backpacking trip. Menus and food lists, gear and supplies lists, itineraries, restocking points, check-in places, and a host of other planning details help boys think ahead, be prepared, and plan for success. As they are away from the larger staff team, they learn to depend more on their Chiefs and group to handle the unexpected. Boys grow through Camp trips they participate in.
The OWBC Outdoor Experiential School is a non-tax supported, non-chartered school registered with the State of Ohio.