The Olympia Outdoor and Challenge Education Centre offers an excellent selection of daytime and evening programs that can be chosen based on the objectives and goals of your trip.
For over 20 years, Olympia has offered challenging outdoor education programs for students from Grades 5 to 12.
Our customizable programs are available in both the spring (May and June) and the fall (September and October). They are a perfect way to kick off the school year, or celebrate the completion of one!
To accomodate every schools schedule and budget, we offer 2, 3, and 4-night programs. We also offer single day and weekend trips.
School: St. Mary’s | # of Students: 24 | # of Activity Groups: 2 | Arrival Day: Wednesday | Departure Day: Friday
|8:00 – 9:00||Breakfast||Breakfast|
|9:00 – 10:15||Initiatives||Low Ropes||Beaver Pond Hike||High Ropes|
|10:30 – 11:45||High Ropes||Beaver Pond Hike||Giant Swing|
|12:00 – 1:00||Lunch||Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:30||Arrival, Tour & Games||Canoeing||Initiatives|
|2:30 – 3:45||Low Ropes||Archery||Archery||Canoeing|
|4:00 – 5:00||Free Time||Free Time|
|5:00 – 6:00||Dinner *||Dinner|
|6:15 – 7:30||Survival Game||Capture the Flag|
|7:30 – 7:45||Snack||Snack|
|7:45 – 9:00||Minute to Win It||Campfire|
* Dining Hall procedures will be explained 15 minutes prior to dinner time
Students will visit our on-site archery range and learn the fundamental skills of this growing sport. They will receive instruction in proper shooting form and compete in fun, interactive games.
Students hike to a local beaver pond to explore a real beaver habitat. We will discuss the beaver's impact on biodiversity, its place in the ecosystem, why the beaver is the perfect water species and the beaver’s historical significance to Canada.
Bouldering is a great sport for beginner or expert rock climbers. Climbers climb horizontally across the wall so their feet are never too far from the ground. This means that no harnesses are needed as the climber simply takes a step down if they feel like they are going to come off the wall. Multiple students can climb at a time which means more time climbing and less time watching someone else. Staff will start by taking the students through an introductory lesson on climbing techniques. Once the students have had a few tries climbing the wall, staff will play some fun bouldering games to apply their new climbing knowledge.
Students will learn the basic parts of the canoe along with proper strokes such as the J-stroke, draws, and prys. After the dry land training, students will be given the opportunity to practice their strokes on beautiful Oxbow Lake, while playing exciting canoe games with their fellow classmates.
Olympia’s four sided, 40 foot climbing tower is designed to provide the right level of challenge for every student, whether they are a beginner or an expert.
The newest addition to our high ropes course. This 40 foot swing is the definition of challenge by choice! Two participants are hoisted into the air (to a height of their choice) and release themselves to swing over the lake!
Our high ropes course is often said to be the highlight of everyone’s experience at Olympia. We have a number of individual and team elements. High ropes help to expand comfort zones and take your students to new heights!
These are activities where students are presented a challenge and have to come together and work as a team to accomplish their goal. Students are encouraged to take a leadership role and communicate effectively to put their ideas into action.
One by one, students take turns sitting in the middle of the blanket as their classmates pull on the handles tossing the participant into the air. This is a great activity to have fun while building trust amongst your class. This activity requires a minimum of 19 people.
Students will begin with an instructional period on dry land where they will learn how to fit a PFD and paddle, the different parts of a kayak, as well as a variety of paddling strokes. Students will then move to the water and try out their new strokes. We will then finish off with some fun water games.
Olympia has a wide variety of outdoor as well as indoor low rope elements. These activities are designed to improve cooperation, goal setting, conflict resolution techniques, physical agility, interpersonal skills, and problem solving skills.
Students will learn the basic compass principles such as how it works, the different parts, determining directions, and following bearings. Students will then put their new skills to the test by doing one of our on site orienteering courses.
Students will learn what to do if they were to become lost in the woods. Topics include fire building, finding potable water, shelter building, navigating without a compass and most importantly how to get found.
Through a combination of different activities, students will develop mutual respect, trust, communication skills and cooperation. These activities can bring a group closer together and break down barriers between group members.
Students learn to trust and build self-confidence when they jump from our 35 foot tall platform and enjoy the ride of a lifetime.
Your school will be divided into smaller groups. Each group will be given a series of clues. Running around camp, they will work as a team to decipher all clues and try to be the first team to win!
No trip to camp is complete without the time honoured tradition of a campfire. Enjoy fun and interactive songs, games and stories around a cozy campfire overlooking one of Muskoka's most beautiful lakes.
A fun and high energy game where the group is divided into two teams and try to capture each other's flag without getting caught.
Students work in small groups playing a number of fun activities to see which group can win the most 'Olympia Bucks'.
Olympia staff love to play and know countless games your students will love! Let us pick one of our favourite activities that we believe will best suit your school.
Have a dance in our Sportsplex. Schools often bring their own DJ, but our Olympia DJ is available if needed. This activity is best suited for larger groups (at least 40 students) but is available to everyone.
This game show style program gets everyone up in front of the crowd and out of their comfort zone! Contestants have one minute to complete a task to win a point for their team. Everyone's new favourite program!
Bring your own or watch one of our movies that ties in with the Hero's Journey theme and is appropriate for your age group (e.g. Harry Potter, We Are Marshall, etc.).
Students watch a skit put on by their counsellors where a murder takes place. Working in small groups, students then interview the suspects and try to determine who is guilty.
Many students don't have the opportunity to spend time outside during the night time where they live. By taking a controlled walk around camp, students play fun games and become comfortable in the dark while learning about nocturnal animals, night vision and astronomy.
Students can come to camp with a skit ready to perform, or make up skits at camp with our 'skit in a bag' game. In this game, students will be divided into small groups and given a bag of props. They will then have approximately ten minutes to create a skit that incorporates all these props and then present it to the other groups.
The game of predator versus prey where students are given the identity of an animal that is an herbivore, omnivore or carnivore. Students will go through the struggle of finding enough food and water to survive while dodging their predators.
“Your staff are running an unbelievable program here and I am amazed at the growth I have seen in our students.”
– Jen Ostfield, teacher at Lakeshore Collegiate Institute
“Camp Olympia is the perfect choice for a year end trip because of the positive atmosphere created by the entire staff.”
– Steve Holowchuk, teacher at Virgil Public School
“I've been involved in over 20 trips to Olympia over the years, and never have we been disappointed.”
– Bill Day, teacher at Cleardale Public School