Curriculum

Experience education in the great outdoors

YMCA Camp Pendalouan offers a wide variety of hands-on activities for school groups.  We meet with the teachers to select which activities are most appropriate and integrate best with your classroom curriculums.

Our staff are well-trained professionals who love kids and love teaching in the outdoors.  Most classes are designed to be 1 ½ hours in length.  Some, however, may require additional time to successfully meet the goals of your program.  Here’s a brief overview of our outdoor education curriculum.

Environmental Studies
Explore the worlds of Animal Ecology and Aquatic Life.  Learn about the adaptations, needs and habitats of birds.  Participate in an exciting role-playing tag game and learn about population fluctuations, carrying capacity, and food chains.

Living History
Experience the elements of French-Canadian fur trading, Michigan lumbering, and Native American Life.  Participate in a Pioneer Life Fair and try different pioneer skills such as candle dipping, wool spinning, tool use, rope-making, and over-the-fire cooking.

Outdoor Skills/Team Building
Canoe Big Blue Lake.  Participate in small group challenges and communication games.  Learn about orienteering techniques and “discover gold” with maps and compasses.  Experience the High Ropes Challenge with experienced instructors.  Experience success!

Large Group Activities
Participate in a role-playing game where students become predators and prey and avoid being “eaten” by someone higher on the food chain.  Come back in time with us to the year 1840 and relive the Michigan frontier first-hand.

Elective Activities

  • Hike to Sleepy Hollow
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Crafts
  • Field Sports
  • Basketball/Volleyball

Winter Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Broomball
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Snow Football
  • Hike to Sleepy Hollow