Outdoor Ed

Covenant Harbor’s Outdoor Education program serves dozens of schools and hundreds of students each school year. Rooted in experiential learning, our program uniquely integrates team building, recreational skills and nature study seamlessly to craft multi-tiered experiences custom to each school’s needs and goals. Our Outdoor Ed staff work hard to provide learner-centered classes each themed to carry out group goals, ecological principles, and team building applications for the highest quality service possible.

•  Experiential, hands-on learning
•  Student-centered programming
•  Custom-designed for your school
•  Strengthens and bonds class community through shared experiences

Take a look at how one of the schools experienced Outdoor Ed here at Covenant Harbor!

Our Outdoor Ed program is focused entirely on providing the best experiential learning custom to your group’s exact needs and goals! Each class is student-centered to enhance their learning and growth together, ultimately creating a closely bonded class community through shared experiences.

We continually seek to creInvestigative Learning Cycle for Outdoor Edate innovative, life-changing opportunities for students using the Investigative Learning Cycle model. This model focuses on student-centered, hands-on, inquiry based opportunities where students ask questions and draw conclusions from their experience. Our trained facilitators guide each group through sequential, interdisciplinary activities that build community, expand awareness and understanding of nature and each other, develop problem-solving abilities and get students excited about learning.

Class topics integrate observation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills with adventure using our well developed and diverse challenge course activities. Class topics range from archery, basic survival to aquatic study and mammal study. Our staff work with school staff to determine the topics and activities desired and then customize the experience to best fit the group and trip goals.

Experiences can be scheduled for a day lasting for 1-3 Outdoor Ed classes (2-3 hour experiences), or for an overnight experience. Programs are designed to fit your needs, budget, and goals. Packages can include meals, programming, and lodging for overnight groups. We also have a number of options to help make your trip affordable, with additional discounts for school districts and specialty packages available.

Contact us today to begin planning your Outdoor Ed experience at Covenant Harbor!

Each Outdoor Ed class is carefully crafted to achieve the goals your group wants to accomplish during their time at Covenant Harbor. Classes range between 2-3 hours and include elements of nature study, recreational skills and team building. In this integrated approach, Outdoor Ed facilitators develop a sense of team for students while learning together in age-appropriate presentations of classes.

During your trip, you will choose several class topics that are of interest to your students. Our staff will customize and weave these topics into the day’s activities. This allows for more flexibility and customization of classes to fit your students’ needs and your goals. Rather than a separate time of team building, every class has an element of team building so that this experience is fluid and integrated. For example, a Basic Survival class may begin with a themed team building challenge in which students earn supplies they will use later in class. Since every moment is an opportunity for a shared experience of learning, our staff will also lead students in taking “Nature Moments” to observe and interact with the natural environment around them.

Outdoor Ed Classes: Check out our full listing of Outdoor Ed Classes!

Nature Moments: Nature Moments are short activities (5-10 min.) that help students observe and interact with the natural world. These will be integrated into your Outdoor Ed experience. See a sample of a Nature Moment.

Evening Activities: During the evening, your school has the unique opportunity to use our guided curriculum to lead your own customized activities. Plan a campfire with skits and songs, or lead a mini night hike where adults learn a series of short activities to facilitate for students. We provide all the supplies and the curriculum as a well a staff member to host your experience, while your teachers and chaperones have the opportunity to learn something new and connect with your students. See a sample of our Night Hike Activities Curriculum.

Please contact us for additional information and rates.

Whether your group is an athletic team, a Boy Scout or Girl Scout group, or any other group of people, we would love to design a custom-made program to fit your needs! Package rate vary depending on length of program, time of year and housing.  Contact us for more specific information.

Athletic Teams

Athletic teams succeed or fail not only on the basis of talent but also on the ability of players to work together. Covenant Harbor specializes in unique challenges designed to grow your team’s potential, develop leaders and build unity. We develop specific challenges using our high ropes course, outdoor and indoor climbing walls, zip lines, low ropes course elements and other team building challenges* that are designed to meet your player’s abilities and meet team goals. You can choose to address specific team dynamics and/or focus on common issues of trust, communication, cooperation, commitment, and problem-solving.

This package has evolved from our work with elite volleyball club teams associated with Sports Performance Volleyball Club (Aurora, IL) and Illini Elite Volleyball Club (Bloomington, IL).

*We are committed to innovation in our programs. Based on your goals we can adjust the level of challenge for your group.

Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts offer phenomenal programs that help to develop youth of character, courage and confidence. Covenant Harbor’s Outdoor Education and Ropes Course programs naturally supplement the already strong Scouts organization. Making our home in Lake Geneva, WI, we have the resources of beautiful Geneva Lake and forested grounds to share with you. Your group will be able to meet select badge requirements with our Outdoor Education classes and Ropes Course activities, just have a little fun and get to know each other, or a little bit of both!

Winter

Winter in Wisconsin may be cold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy camp! During the winter we offer many of our standard programs as well as some new ones. Come join us for winter-specific activities like cross country skiing, tubing and ice skating (weather permitting). You can also choose to enjoy a winter backdrop as you take Outdoor Education classes, scale the climbing tower, ride the Giant Swing or overcome challenges on our low ropes course. Indoor activities are also available including our indoor climbing wall, team building activities and game room.

The safety of our participants and staff is a top priority at Covenant Harbor. We maintain high safety standards bolstered by our over 25 years of experience in the experiential education/challenge course program industry.

Though nothing in life is “risk free” we consider ourselves to be expert risk managers, with protocol and appropriate safety equipment to back us up. We routinely perform safety checks on ropes course participants, safety equipment and facilities used in our programs. Our staff participates in seasonal trainings and many are CPR/First Aid certified or Emergency Responders.

We also require low adult to youth ratios so there is maximum supervision of our participants. Our close attention to the details of running a safe program allow for an effective program where learning and experience is the focus of our guests’ time here.

Covenant Harbor and its programs are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).  All ropes  course and challenge course facilities are inspected annually by an Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) certified ropes course builder and inspection company.