Why OSPREY Camp?

Why OSPREY Camp?

When considering an extended environmental education experience we know many factors contribute to your decision.

Tuition costs

Our overnights are competitively priced at approximately $50 per student a day. Discounts are available for schools based on the number of students who receive free and reduced-price meals.

Multi-school interaction

With the capacity to accommodate up to 250 overnight guests, OSPREY Camp can serve several schools from the same district, providing valuable social bonding prior to entering middle school. The expertise of camp staff who work full time in environmental education for schools allows for a seamless transition from school building to outdoor school.

Chaperone recruitment, training and supervision

During the full OSPREY Camp 4- or 5- day experience, students are with their classroom teachers for academic activities. When not with their teachers, students are with trained high school students. Providing direct supervision to the students in a ratio of two high school students to ten elementary school students, the high school students are supported by the adult OSPREY Camp staff, as well as the classroom teachers. This is in keeping with the model of older students as positive role models. The OSPREY Camp staff accesses local high schools for student chaperones. After completing a rigorous selection process and training, the high school students are supervised and supported by the OSPREY Camp staff 24 hours a day. This leaves teachers available to focus on the academic portion of the camp experience.

Non-academic activities provided by OSPREY Camp staff

Whether it’s a campfire at the edge of Lake Stampfer, square dancing, a gaga tournament or owl calling on a night hike, the OSPREY Camp staff is available to facilitate a variety of wholesome evening activities. Time between classes is also planned and monitored by camp staff to ensure students are positively engaged throughout their time at OSPREY Camp. Whether it’s practicing an environmental skit or song to present at the closing campfire, working on environmental presentations for meal times or taking part in various cabin competitions, students are encouraged at all times to make a positive contribution to OSPREY Camp.

Transportation costs

Conveniently located 10 minutes from I-5, just off exit #101, Camp Solomon Schechter is an oasis of 180 acres of wildlife and nature in what many consider to be a suburban location. To calculate your school’s actual cost of transportation, use Tumwater, WA.

Meals

Camp Solomon Schechter is a nut-free camp. Our chef works hard to provide three well-balanced meals each day, accomodating dietary and allergy requests.

Safety

The camp’s entrance is controlled by an electronic gate, so only authorized guests are permitted access. Additionally, major hospitals are only minutes away, and camp is 911 served.

Many factors contribute to the decision for a school to select an overnight environmental education program, and with over forty years’ experience in the field, OSPREY Camp staff will make your stay an experience of a lifetime. Contact us to arrange a tour of the camp or have us visit you to discuss the possibilities.