Unplug & Engage
Environmental Education Classes
Our program focuses on nurturing a sense of appreciation for the natural world through an understanding of ecological systems. Utilizing the forest and river habitats common to the area around YMCA Camp Collins, basic ecological concepts are introduced and studied with an emphasis on how students can interact positively within natural systems. Investigations are incorporated into the classes so that students can apply the scientific method in the field. All classes are aligned with state learning standards. Classes include
- Citizen Scientist
- Forest Ecology
- Habitat Hike
- River Ecology
- Sculls, Scat & Tracks
Team Building & Challenge Programs
Utilizing group initiatives and low ropes, students work together to solve problems that challenge them both mentally and physically. Team activities focus on building cooperation, problem solving skills, trust, self-reliance, and self-esteem to build strong individuals and strong groups. Outdoor School Instructors create a supportive and judgment-free atmosphere where individuals and groups are able to challenge themselves and learn through their experiences.
- Group Initiatives
- Low Ropes
- Cabin Challenges
Through the exploration of new experiences, students are pushed outside of their normal routines and learn to set goals for themselves while encouraging others. Students are provided the opportunity to challenge themselves on the rock wall, and work to achieve their own climbing goals. Students are encouraged to learn from both instructors and their peers to improve their archery skills. An emphasis on the character values of love, respect, honesty, responsibility, and service during the arts and crafts activity provides time for reflection.
- Climbing Tower
- Group Games
- Orienteering Crafts
Most groups that attend YMCA Camp Collins fully utilize the resources by choosing classes from all three areas: Environmental Education, Team Building and Outdoor Activities. Programs are predominantly held outdoors in our beautiful forest setting. Our standard rate includes meals, housing, and program.