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￼Creating a Teambuilder for Universities is as unique as the Universities themselves. We understand that groups are working within constraints of time and budget. Over the years we have provided exciting, powerful and beneficial programming to university groups large and small (200+ to 15 people). Outdoor Odyssey sets itself apart from the others by not only providing top-notch adventure programming but combines it with our proven leadership curriculum. Let us work with you to find the right combination without sacrificing programming, quality, or safety.
All professional teams possess unique personalities; no two are alike. Outdoor Odyssey, therefore, tailors course material to match the exact needs and mission profiles of each organization engaged. From no-impact to low-impact, moderate to high, we will build a set of activities that will accomplish your goals. Metrics for success are skillfully aligned with your stated objectives.
Your stay can be designed for a few hours or a few days; your particular needs drive program development. Our facilities and programs provide virtually unlimited potential for team and leadership development.
￼General: For the past 17 years, Outdoor Odyssey has developed and implemented customized leadership development and team building experiences for a wide range of organizations throughout the country, with an emphasis on educational institutions. The success of these experiences has enabled Outdoor Odyssey to collaborate with school districts of Pennsylvania (free of charge) to provide leadership development to a very select group of high school mentors who forge a bond with elementary-age youth in need at Outdoor Odyssey and then assist the youth throughout the academic year, impacting thousands since 1999.
A Sampling of Outdoor Odyssey’s Capabilities:
- Team Building tied to the specific mission of the organization
- Leadership Development reinforced by high adventure facilities and interpersonal initiatives
- Facilitation of wide range of high adventure activities, leveraging indoor and outdoor facilities
- Personal Assessment and Goal Setting
- Life-long Planning Tool usable in any market or within any group
- Complex organizational planning
- Mentoring for individual or organizational investment: both for internal and external utilization
- Power of commitments and tools to ensure growth within the organization
- Personal and professional mission development: enhance organizational development
- Warrior Ethos from a Marine: develop a winning ethos, while inspiring responsibility to others
- Mental Fitness (brain training) and mindfulness from a grunt not a guru
- The Cardinal Virtues Still Apply: building winners, regardless of the mission
- Facilitation of conferences and off sites: reinforced by capabilities outlined above
Focus: “Outdoor Odyssey provides experiences that enable people to grow mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, becoming better citizens, employees and family members. Outdoor Odyssey’s “triad” of capabilities and resources (Leadership Academy, Lodges and Conference Center) reinforce these very important tenets. Accommodations range from Spartan (cabins in the woods) to very comfortable (Lodges and Conference Center); however, they are, by design, not oriented to pamper people but to facilitate growth. Although there’s NO shortage of resorts and facilities that pamper folks, there’s a DEFINITE shortage of venues that challenge folks and avail them an opportunity for personal and professional improvement. Meaningful improvement requires some level of sacrifice; that’s why many training and educational opportunities fail miserably. People are happy when pampered, but actual improvement is seldom experienced.” Growth begins when individuals and groups leave their comfort zone, seeking challenge and bona fide improvement.”
T.S. Jones, Major General, USMC (ret)
Founder/Executive Director of Outdoor Odyssey
“I love Outdoor Odyssey!!”
￼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.
“The Upper St. Clair Junior Mentors is a group of approximately 60 11th graders who welcome, advise, and support incoming freshmen throughout the year. For the last five years of the program, we have taken the Mentors to Outdoor Odyssey for a two-day training, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with the experience. Through both the instruction and the challenges, Outdoor Odyssey has given our Mentors the confidence, leadership expertise, and teamwork skills that they need to be successful not only in this program, but for the rest of their lives.”
When a plan not only comes together but surpasses your wildest hopes and dreams, it is truly an unforgettable experience. Outdoor Odyssey is responsible for the remarkable transformation that is taking place on our campus back in Orlando. We’ve always been blessed to work with great kids at Lake Highland. But now we have confident students that are leading their peers with humility and genuine concern. They are mentoring our elementary and middle school students, encouraging each other in the classrooms and on the playing fields, challenging themselves and others to demonstrate moral courage, and modeling unconditional love and acceptance. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the Leadership Academy and can’t wait to watch as future classes set out on this journey.
“There truly aren’t words for what this weekend meant to us, not only as a couple but ultimately for our family! Big high five to everyone for an awesome experience and many, many thank yous!”
“She loves this program and I notice a difference with her and the new friendships she made with kids from other schools.”
“The Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps has partnered with Outdoor Odyssey for nearly 18 years; and in that time the Outdoor Odyssey staff has executed dozens of very affordable and exceptional leadership programs for our group, all in a beautiful outdoor setting. The staff worked hard to make our experience positive and dynamic every time. Our participants have stated that the programs they have attended at Outdoor Odyssey have not only been inspirational but have also been a unique experience that would be hard to replicate!”
University of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania State University
Carnegie Mellon University
California University of Pennsylvania
St. Vincent University
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Frostburg State University
St. Francis University
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Point Park University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Seton Hill University