|Outdoor Learning at Collin County Adventure Camp is Fifth Grade Fun
Camp!! It’s an exciting time for 5th graders. Students begin attending camp in mid-September through early December. See schedule.
At camp, experiments, discoveries and adventure are around every corner, and of course this includes Mother Nature -- beautiful, awesome and sometimes, wet, muddy, and this year brought a sweltering September. But soon autumn will arrive, leaves will fall, and by December, mornings will be frosty. Being prepared, being on time and having supplies are even more important at camp than in a regular classroom. New challenges help students make new friends and present opportunities to shoulder responsibility and foster respect for the environment. Learning is non-stop at camp; most of it is disguised as fun.
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“Our outdoor school program provides a unique opportunity for students,” explains Brian Thomas, outdoor learning coordinator. “For some it will be their first time to truly experience a walk in the woods or paddling in a canoe on the water. We do things at camp that cannot be duplicated or replicated in the classroom. It is a hands-on interactive learning opportunity. We emphasize teamwork and collaboration to problem solve. The activities the students do at camp help give teachers a foundation of reference when back in the classroom as they bring home a point regarding the knowledge the students gained through their outdoor school experience.”
Students who grow up in an urban area may not have had an opportunity to explore a forest ecosystem up close. It’s difficult to imagine what a forest smells and feels like from a video of a forest. If you have never canoed, it’s difficult to imagine how it might be harder than it looks. Teamwork in a canoe is important -- that is if you want to go anywhere other than around in circles. If you have had students who have already been to camp, then you know what we mean. And if you have attended camp yourself, either as a former student, volunteer or teacher then you have seen what it means to fifth graders.
See photo gallery of September outdoor learners.
Camp is a tuition-based program, the school district has more than 1,000 students every year apply for camp scholarships. Last year the Plano ISD Education Foundation (Foundation) was able to provide scholarships for 281 campers.