From day-long field trips to week-long leadership academies Outdoor Odyssey offers unmatched adventure based leadership programming for school age students. Our mission: safety and bonding in everything we do!


Our Facilities for university programming are unmatched! We will build a specific package for your needs ranging from a few hours to several days.


Our primary mission and the soul of our organization is our mentoring program. Since 1999 we have matched over 2500 mentors with thousands of youngsters from our area in South-Western Pennsylvania.


No two teams are alike! Let us design your corporate offsite or conference to reach your goals and build your team!


Our Leadership Series curriculum was designed by our founder Major General T.S. Jones, USMC (ret.) Courses are designed to meet your needs and can be applied to teambuilding and adventure based programming.

African Odyssey



IMG_4016Jones spends quality time with secondary school students in Entebbe, Uganda.  These students were all members of a touring choir as children and are now sponsored by the ACC in regard to education.

IMG_3229_2General Jones visiting the African Children’s Choir in South Africa.



The leadership of the African Children’s Choir (ACC) strongly desires to develop a leadership and team building component that will significantly expand the organization’s efforts to reach and impact additional disenfranchised children. Upon visiting Outdoor Odyssey, leaders of the ACC requested that T.S. Jones come to Africa to evaluate the potential to meet this objective. Jones was privileged to travel with the founder of the African Children’s Choir, Ray Barnett, through South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda, meeting personnel associated with the organization, in addition to spending time with countless youth impacted profoundly by this organization’s efforts. Jones thoroughly examined all facilities and closely observed as many of the organization’s programs as humanly possible in a two-week stay. Of special note, Jones was privileged to meet several key adults whose lives were forever changed by the expansive coverage and educational opportunities afforded them through Ray Barnett’s singular vision. Of significance, this vision spread like wildfire to many others who now work feverishly to identify and help the most severely disadvantaged youth in many countries in Africa. In short, the powerful examples of personal and professional growth that Jones witnessed firsthand provided bona fide evidence that practices developed and refined at Outdoor Odyssey would rapidly take root in Africa. As a result, the leadership of Outdoor Odyssey considers itself privileged and blessed beyond measure to announce that it will assist the African Children’s Choir in the development of African Odyssey: Youth Development and Leadership Academy.

IMG_4021Jones and Ray Barnett with five Rawandan students who toured America with a choir as young children.  Each of these young people will soon begin their time in university due to the ACC.
IMG_4286Jones spends time with four university students who have been associated with the ACC since touring with a choir as youngsters; these four recently volunteered to travel to South Sudan refugee camps, where thousands face extreme hardships.


Jones, in concert with the leadership of the African Children’s Choir, will bring together and train a Mobile Training Team at Outdoor Odyssey in the near future that will deploy for work in Africa in late summer or early fall. Of note, certain members of this team will hopefully be wounded warriors who have spent time at Outdoor Odyssey in recent months, participating in Semper Fi Odyssey, a collective effort of Outdoor Odyssey and the Semper Fi Fund to assist warriors in their transition into the civilian sector. Leadership and team building sites, leveraging existing facilities of the African Children’s Choir and mirroring those of Outdoor Odyssey to the degree feasible, will be developed in South Africa and Uganda, with additional outreach to Swaziland, Rwanda, South Sudan and Kenya. Of note, Jones has recruited two of his own family members (son Brandon and daughter Jessica) to assist him in these efforts, and they will soon join Jones in a trip to both South Africa and Uganda in an effort to kickoff the first elements of this plan. In the days ahead, Jones hopes to see members of the touring choirs spend time at Outdoor Odyssey, providing extraordinary opportunities for growth for many American and African youth. As one of the foundational tenets of Outdoor Odyssey orients on inspiring American youth to become “givers” rather than “takers,” making a positive impact on American society, it is most exciting to team with the African Children’s Choir and its outreach to literally hundreds of African youth in its effort to ‘Help Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow.’

IMG_4332Jones, along with Founder of African Children’s Choir Ray Barnett, meets three brothers who were orphaned as very young boys by political violence in Uganda.  The brothers, along with a sister who died during the ordeal, traveled for months seeking to find a distant relative in Kampala.  Ray Barnett rescued the young boys as opposing factions attacked Kampala and led them to safety in Kenya.  Two of the brothers are now doctors and the third is a civil engineer.
IMG_4078Jones gets the opportunity to meet many young Ugandan children; unbelievable poverty severely challenges their ability to attend school.

What's New

News & Updates

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With summer drawing to a close and fall just around the corner, we are excited to host our 49th Semper Fi Odyssey Transition Retreat Septeber 20-26, 2015! From home-cooked meals to high-adventure activities, these men and women experience the mountain in a spectacular display of color. Please check out our Semper Fi Odyssey Facebook page for previous retreat photos and watch for the new ones to be posted (https://www.facebook.com/SemperFiOdyssey?ref=hl). Marines, Soldiers and Airmen travel from all corners of the United States to attend the week long retreat, creating lifelong bonds with their team leader and other service men and women. To find out more, visit our Military section of our webpage.

Outdoor Odyssey – 17th Summer

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Although our 17th Summer has come to a close, this is just the beginning of the most important part of mentoring! Continue to watch for upcoming events for out mentoring team and LTP to attend. From overnight refreshers to movies to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, we look forward to seeing all the kids that helped to make our 17th summer so successful! Our grounds may be quiet now, but soon they will be filled with laughter and smiles. Happy fall and we wish you all the best in the coming year. If you have any questions regarding our program or future events, please contact us by email at email@outdoorodyssey.org and/or by phone 814-629-6516.

Outdoor Odyssey Going to Africa


General Jones presented information to the Mobile Training Team that will be leaving in just four days to begin African Odyssey. “Daddy Ray,” the founder of the African Children’s Choir, and Paul McKendry, who oversees the UK Offices and South African portion of the program, are with us on the mountain as well for a few days of training! Continue to watch for updates on their 3 month journey!


Roaring Run All Mountain Challenge

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Our Roaring Run All Mountain Challenge (RRAMC), that supports our Semper Fi Odyssey program was so liked that Spartan Racing is hosting their race here this year! What does this mean for the RRAMC? RRAMC will be taking a hiatus while Spartan hosts the Pittsburgh Sprint here on Saturday, October 10, 2015. To register, go to http://www.spartan.com/events/?event_id=569/pittsburgh-sprint.

We look forward to seeing you at the finish line!

Leadership Series

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Detailed Leadership Conference

Check out the New Leadership Conference Series found under the Corporate and University Pages. Customize your team building conference to meet the desires or goals your business and/or professional group.

Who We Are

Outdoor Odyssey is a multi-faceted nonprofit corporation founded in 1998. Our primary mission is to serve area youth with a mentor and provide these teams with a unique wilderness experience at our 500-acre Laurel Highland camp. We incorporate leadership skills, high adventure,and teambuilding into a week-long curriculum that sets the stage for a year of follow on activity between our mentors and their teams. We provide team builders to all organizations ranging from Corporations and Universities to High Schools and other clubs/teams. We pride ourselves on tailoring all of our team builders to meet your organization’s needs and goals. We strive to provide each group with top notch adventure programming, unrivaled leadership curriculum and superior service. The perfect teambuilder for your organization is just a contact away.

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How We Do It

Outdoor Odyssey’s approach to experiential learning and teambuilding is quite unique.  While many high adventure outfits offer exhilarating experiences for individuals and teams they are missing one primary element.  We base everything that we facilitate on a set of leadership principles that apply to everyday work, life, and relationships.  Our goal is to build confidence in the individual while instilling ideas on how that individual can become a more effective leader.  Our focus is not only on building leaders but also on the team and how important communication, trust, cooperation, and acceptance of all members of any team is.


– Tailored Leadership & Teambuilding packages
– Various lodging options from rustic cabins to luxury lodges
– Conference Center for meetings/dining
– 60’ climbing complex with rappelling, 3 zip lines, climbing, leap of faith, and more
– 12 element Leadership Reaction Course

– 20 element High Ropes Course
– 12 element Low Ropes Course
– Sahalie Adventure Challenge Center – the area’s only indoor heated climbing and ropes facility
– Low Impact Initiatives for any age
– Orienteering and GPS

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“She loves this program and I notice a difference with her and the new friendships she made with kids from other schools.”
Parent of Leadership Training Program Mentor

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