Planning your trip

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.

Program Offerings

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!

Program options

To accomodate every schools schedule and budget, we offer 2, 3, and 4-night programs. We also offer single day and weekend trips.

Program structure

Daytime programs are usually conducted in activity groups of 10 – 14 students. During evening programs your whole school will come together to participate in large group activities.

Sample Schedule

School: St. Mary’s   |   # of Students: 24   |   # of Activity Groups: 2   |   Arrival Day: Wednesday   |   Departure Day: Friday

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Group 1
Group 2
Group 1
Group 2
Group 1
Group 2
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

Daytime Program Options

Archery
Archery
Beaver Pond Nature Hike
Beaver Pond Nature Hike
Bouldering Wall
Bouldering Wall
Canoeing
Canoeing
Climbing Tower
Climbing Tower
Giant Swing
Giant Swing
High Ropes
High Ropes
Initiatives
Initiatives
Inuit Blanket
Inuit Blanket
Kayaking
Kayaking
Low Ropes
Low Ropes
Orienteering
Orienteering
Outdoor Life Skills
Outdoor Life Skills
Trust Building Activities
Trust Building Activities
Zip Line
Zip Line

Evening Program Options

Adventure Race

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!

Campfire

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.

Capture the Flag

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.

Carnival

Students work in small groups playing a number of fun activities to see which group can win the most 'Olympia Bucks'.

Counsellors' Choice

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.

Dance

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.

Minute to Win It

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!

Movie

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.).

Murder Mystery

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.

Night Hike (Fall only)

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.

Skit Night

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.

Survival

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.

What teachers are saying …

  • “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