Mentoring

Mentors

Over the past 10 years Outdoor Odyssey has provided leadership through mentoring opportunities to over 1,500 mentors in Southwestern Pennsylvania. These mentors, usually high school seniors, lead youth in need from their same school districts throughout not only a week of high paced adventure camp but also throughout the entire school year. Over 3,500 youth have been provided with a year long mentor since our mission began in 1998. Unfortunately many children in our area endure hardships and adversities that they should not be faced with. By matching up these children with a positive, educationally motivated high school senior we hope to not only build up their confidence by showing them that they can conquer a climbing wall, but to show them that they can be successful in school and life as well. Our program is, therefore, based on helping youth embrace education and make progress on goals set by their educators. To give students the opportunity for success and increase the potential to reach their dreams, the mentor follows up with the student at least twice a month, striving to make progress on their goals and to make those dreams a reality.

 

11401360_1023805827631677_2146357246926338173_nKevin Wilson was a mentor in 2013 and 2014 and further volunteering as a Junior Counselor in 2015. He graduated from Forest Hills High School in 2015 and has chosen to continue his education at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown. Check out what he has to say about Outdoor Odyssey and the effects it has had on his future.
Forest Hills Mentor Graduation Speech
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5O4nnE51qL8andtc0Z3bThhLWs/view

 

 

For more information about our mentoring program, please watch our “Recruitment Video” here!

 

Campers

Outdoor Odyssey offers young children, age 8+, the opportunity to grow and learn with the helping hand of a high school senior or college mentor. Together, your child and your child’s mentor will attend a week of high adventure summer camp at Outdoor Odyssey in Boswell, PA. Laurel Mountain offers a breath- taking backdrop for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping under the stars, and cave exploration.

Testimonials

We travel a long way at great expense and effort from Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida to Outdoor Odyssey in Pennsylvania. The reason we do so is because we believe General Jones and his carefully selected staff at Outdoor Odyssey reinforce the mission of our school and help us mold the character of our young men and women more effectively than anyone anywhere. The facilities are perfect for achieving our objective, the staff is unsurpassed in inspiring our students, and the leadership of Outdoor Odyssey is extremely receptive in customizing a program to meet our unique needs. There are probably places closer to Florida that we could use, but Outdoor Odyssey has proven that they are without peer and we won’t settle for second best for our students.
Warren Hudson President, Lake Highland Preparatory School (PreK-12th grade coed day school with an enrollment of 2,000 students, dedicated to graduating student academically prepared for college and morally grounded for life’s challenges.)

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Mentoring Clients

Bishop McCort

Latrobe

Richland

Westmont

St. Benedict

United

Penn Cambria

Blairsville

North Star

Lake Highland Preparatory School, FL.

Central Cambria

Our Mother of Sorrows

Hempfield

Greensburg Salem

Southmoreland

Ligonier

Shanksville

Blacklick

Berlin

Johnstown

 Derry

Somerset

Windber

Forest Hills

Rockwood

Conemaugh Township

Hollidaysburg

Myersdale

Contact Us

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OUTDOOR ODYSSEY

450 BOY SCOUT ROAD

BOSWELL, PA 15531

Contact

814-629-6516

EMAIL@OUTDOORODYSSEY.ORG

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