Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

After their Outdoor Education experience at YMCA Camp Potawotami, students have a better appreciation for the natural world, new outdoor skills, enhanced group relationship skills and stronger personal ties with classmates and teachers.

Let our staff lead lessons for students of all ages and abilities. We offer hands on classes that tie in directly with classroom lessons, develop teamwork skills and build self-esteem.

Program Goals:

  • Provide a hands-on, safe and fun educational experience in a unique environment.
  • Strengthen the relationship between students and between teachers and students.
  • Teach lessons that enhance the Indiana State Standards.
  • Promote within students a greater sense of independence and respect.
  • Enable and encourage students to understand and experience the relationships between themselves and the natural environment.

Reserve your date today! Call us at (260) 351-2525 for a personal discussion on how to tailor this exciting program for your classroom or group.

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Program

The K-3rd grade curriculum is specifically designed to meet Indiana State standards. A day trip allows schools to visit YMCA Camp Potawotami within their school day schedule. Our curriculum combines natural science, team building and outdoor recreation.

Classes include: Leaf and Plant Hunters, Soil Investigators, Creepy Crawlies, Climbing Tower, Canoeing and Cooperative Games.

The cost for this program is $21 per student.

Teacher and School Resources:

4th - 5th Grade Program

YMCA Camp Potawotami offers both day and overnight programs to give students a hands-on educational experience. Our classes highlight natural science, team building and outdoor recreation skill classes.

Classes Available: (Please see Curriculum Guide for Indiana State Standards)

  • Tree Study
  • Lake Study
  • Rock Climbing Tower
  • Wetlands Study
  • Low Ropes
  • Owl Study
  • Archery
  • Native American Living

  • Predator/Prey
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • Pioneer Living
  • Teambuilding Initiatives
  • Survival/Outdoor Shelter Building

  • Evening Options:
    • Campfire Program
    • Potawotami Trail
    • Night Sky
    • Night Walk
    • Campfire
    • Potawotami Bingo
    • Camp Potawotami Olympics