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Information for Counselors

We appreciate your help in making our program possible. Your role this week is vital, and how you carry out your responsibilities will affect the students’ experience. The following information will provide guidance for you as you take on the task of counseling a group of students.

The main purposes of the American Outdoor School are:

  1. To study science concepts in nature's classroom.

  2. Develop awareness and appreciation for the natural environment and its delicate balance.

  3. Develop a sense of responsibility and cooperation through group living and learning.

  4. Develop an understanding of self-worth and the worth of others.

Our job is to take care of the details and program so that you can spend the week focusing on your students. Your involvement is essential to our program’s success.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel." 
- Maya Angelou

At AOS, we believe this statement describes an important aspect of our program. Treating each student with respect and as an adult. As a counselor we encourage you to engage students during classes, cabin time, activities and meals.

While outdoor schools are conducted at "camps" the program is considered "school." Students are expected to conduct themselves just like they would while at their own campus. This means we don't allow pranking, food eating competitions, etc. There will be many recreational activities for students to participant in.

We understand diet is important to parents. To be meet the requests of schools we keep sugar to a minimal. Please don't bring an excess of sugar products for students. Ask your school leadership any questions you have concerning these products. At certain camp facilities, Snack Shops or Coffee Shops are open for guests. During those occasions the school administration will determine the limit for students (usually 1 drink and 1 candy).

Dear Counselor,

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Dietary Needs

We are glad to accommodate for most dietary needs you or your student might have. Please make sure to indicate any food allergies or special needs on your registration form.

If your student has dietary needs requiring you to send food with them we are glad to store it near the kitchen. It will be available during meals. 

We understand diet is an important part of your trip. If you have any questions, please contact us.


We ask that students leave cellphones at home or with their teacher.

One of the benefits out outdoor education is allowing students to become emerged in the subject matter. We believe that disconnecting from technology allows participants to connect more deeply with nature. 

Public use phones are available in the camp office for emergencies. You are encouraged to send students mail, ask your school official for the address.


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