Desire to challenge your students to the concept of what it truly means to be a leader? Looking to give your students a memorable experience that will change their lives? Want your group to walk away bonded and inspired more than a class or seminar could ever do? Look no further. Outdoor Odyssey offers just that and more! We provide your students with excitement that will not only leave them with smiles but with a sense of accomplishment and success!
As a high school student you have probably been impacted by someone in your life. But have you thought about the legacy that you will be leaving on others? You have reached the point in your life where you see the horizon of high school graduation approaching. Up until now you have probably done what you have needed to to get yourself ready for life after high school. Outdoor Odyssey wants to show you how much potential you have in your own hands, the potential to change someone else’s life.
The Outdoor Odyssey mentoring experience starts with an action packed week of training called Leadership Academy. During this week juniors and seniors from all over Pennsylvania take part in a week long overnight training at the Outdoor Odyssey camp on Laurel Mountain. We will teach you the fundamentals of mentoring and show you your potential by introducing you to the Outdoor Odyssey leadership curriculum. Our motto is “growth through adventure”, so expect some things you have probably not experienced before: climbing and rappelling, backpacking, caving, high and low ropes and white water rafting are all part of the experience that is designed to show you your true potential. Every activity takes part with a team of mentor candidates and college counselors that you will spend the entire week with.
After graduation you will qualify to come back to Outdoor Odyssey later in the summer for another week of camp as a mentor to a team of kids from your area. The entire week puts you in the leadership position and the adventure and adversity of the week creates a lasting bond between you and your team, on which you will build on as their mentor throughout the school year.
Give your students the experience that will last a lifetime. Our field trip package offers something for every one of your students. Whether it’s climbing our 25’ rock wall, canoeing around with friends in our tranquil pond or playing some high paced exciting games, all students, no matter their athletic ability, will find something to enjoy.
“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.”
￼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 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!”
“I love Outdoor Odyssey!!”
“She loves this program and I notice a difference with her and the new friendships she made with kids from other schools.”
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!”
Lake Highland Preparatory School, FL.
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