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.

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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For additional information, please check out our “Program Video” below:


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Joelle Montgomery, Camper

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What's New

2017 Junior Leadership Student Ambassador Program

During the summer of 2016, we introduced a new leadership opportunity for outstanding middle & junior high students nominated by their schools in Western Pennsylvania. This program is designed to foster the skills necessary for these future leaders to make a positive impact in their schools and community.

 The upcoming Junior Leadership Ambassador week is June 18-23!


This year we have about 120 mentors in almost 30 local high schools mentoring 300+ elementary and middle school students.  We are also incredibly excited for the follow-up this year! Be sure to check back periodically to see what events we have scheduled for the mentoring teams and to find pictures from their follow-up with their campers as they work on educator-set goals.

~ Second-to-none leadership training that is NATIONALLY recognized

~ Mentoring experience working directly with local elementary and middle school students

~ Future benefit including 100 service hours and the Presidential Volunteer Service Award

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 2017 –  June 11-17

For more information, please check out our “Recruitment Video” below:


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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.