Outdoor Education

Outdoor education is an all school camp experience at the beginning of the school year for the purpose of building community building, hands on scientific exploration experience, and challenge ourselves personally in order to share in a communal experience together that can be referred to throughout the school year.

We have a three camp rotation:

Year 1 = NatureBridge on the Olympic Peninsula

Year 2 = Camp Arnold in Puyallup, WA

Year 3 = Vashon Island 

The 2022-2023 outdoor education experience will be held at the NatureBridge Camp at Olympic National Park (see Naturebridge website for more details, or check out their video, a student video, or download the powerpoint).).

Packing information for Camp will be distributed during back-to-business day in August 2022.

Important Notes for Parents to Share with Students

Attire: Students will need to make sure to wear attire that is appropriate for mostly outdoor activities including, but not limited to, sitting on the ground, hiking, playing games, doing arts and crafts, etc.  We will be outside both during the day and in the evenings.  Students should also make sure to pack only what they need in order to avoid having to carry too much because everyone carries their own gear.

Check Students Gear: Please check student gear prior to sending them to school. For the safety and well-being of individuals and the group it is extremely important that students bring the ESSENTIAL ITEMS listed in the packing information checklist. Weather is unpredictable and we must prepare for rain, wind, cold, and/or sun. All items should be clearly marked with each student's name.

Lost & Found items will be available at the Dining Hall through departure on Friday. They will then be kept in the RSAR Lost and Found center outside by Mrs. Daman's room for one month prior to being donated to Goodwill.

Behavior Expectations: There is no pranking tolerated at camp. Pranking, or playing mean-spirited practical jokes and tricks, is counter to the objectives of Renaissance School outdoor education. Pranking is adversarial. It pits students against each other for the sole purpose of making someone uncomfortable for looking foolish. It hurts feelings and alienates. It is the opposite of community building.

The rules of school apply to camp. The teachers will determine how a student who treats another student, staff member, parent chaperone, or NatureBridge educator inappropriately will have a chance to reflect on their behavior and will take some action to repair the relationship.  Students can, and will, be sent home for continued unacceptable behavior.

No one is to enter a cabin or dorm other than their own. Boys may not enter the girls' dorm, Girls may not enter the boys' dorm. There are no exceptions to this. The dormitories are gender separated and for the exclusive use of the students and the chaperones assigned there.  There will be a non-binary cabin as well. This is to promote feelings of personal safety and comfort while students, staff, and volunteers are staying at NatureBridge.