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Adventure Package

a timeless, immersive outdoor experience (Grades 4-12)

Looking for a dynamic outdoor trip for your students involving teamwork, adventure and new challenges? We have designed this trip package with a select series of classes and activities to offer students an amazing bonding and life-changing experience.

Classes & Activities:

– Archery
– Survival
– Canoeing
– Gorge Hike
– You Pick! (recommendations: Ropes, Teambuilding, Blacksmith) 

Evening Options: (Recommendations; Night Walk, Skit & Song, Campfire, DJ Dance Party)

What you get:

Adventure Canoeing

Paddle on the Esopus Creek and experience the magic that has attracted so many to this important waterway. While navigating the waters with friends, students practice cooperation and communication to explore the wondrous habitat and get close with the wildlife the creek attracts. Whether it is seeing the fish swimming below the surface or the birds flying high across the sky, the experience is always unique and one that students will surely remember!

Archery

In this classic archery class, students learn the history of archery along with the necessary rules, safety procedures, and archery techniques before hitting the range and letting the arrows fly. With a variety of fun targets, kids and adults alike are certain to have a blast at the Ashokan archery range, challenging themselves to improve their power, precision, and accuracy with a bow and arrow while cheering on others to do the same!

Hike to Cathedral Gorge

Hike through an old Eastern Hemlock forest along the Esopus Creek and explore the natural and social history of the region! The trail passes relics of the recent and prehistoric past, including a 19th-century water mill, a 130-year-old covered bridge, and a glacial gorge, before it ends at a 80-foot waterfall—the walls of which reveal rock layers that are millions of years old.

Survival

What would you do if you were lost in the woods or stranded on an island? Learn basic survival skills and wilderness safety concepts in this fun, hands-on class. With the guidance of our survival experts, students work together to enact survival techniques, prioritize needs, brainstorm prevention measures, build a functional shelter, and gather kindling for a small fire. 

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Blacksmithing

Not far from the foundation of Ashokan’s  original blacksmith forge are two fully functioning blacksmith shops. Sparks will fly as students use ancient tools to hammer iron into a fire poker, trivet, or plant hanger under the guidance of our master craftspeople (and help their classmates by pumping the bellows or hauling coal). Students will discuss concepts such as industrialization, renewable vs. nonrenewable resources, and the role of blacksmithing in colonial life.

Ropes Course (Early Fall, Late Spring)

Challenge yourself on an obstacle course in the trees above the forest floor. Students work on their teamwork and communication skills while practicing personal and group responsibility as they encounter diverse elements along the course, such as the kitten crawl, the Burma Bridge, and the log crossing. The course culminates with a thrilling ride down our zipline!

Team Building Level I: Challenge and Discovery

Work as a team to solve a variety of fun and purposeful challenges that cultivate trust and cooperation among the group. Designed to de-emphasize competition, these activities encourage creativity, spontaneity, and imagination, along with communication and leadership skills.

Team Building Level II

This team building course is more advanced than Challenge and Discovery, designed to challenge a group, both physically and mentally, through a variety of fun initiatives and ground-level elements. As a team, the group will be given the opportunity to practice effective problem-solving and communication skills in order to reach the final goal.  

Recommended Evening Programs:

Skit and Song Night

Ashokan staff lead the group in a fun night of skits and songs!

DJ Dance Party

Cut loose on the dance floor as the Ashokan staff spins fun dance tunes.

Campfire (Outdoor or Indoor) with S’mores!

Enjoy an hour-long full-group campfire experience with warm s’mores, jokes, songs, and stories from the Ashokan staff. In the event of inclement weather we will create a similar experience indoors!

Night Walk

Use your ears like the deer, step softly like the fox. Observe the forest at night! (After May 15th, special arrangements need to be made.)

NYSED SEL Benchmarks 

4-5 Grades

1C.2a. Describe the steps in setting and working toward goal achievement  
2C.2b  Analyze ways to work effectively in groups
2D.2b  Apply constructive approaches in resolving conflicts 
3B.2b  Generate alternative solutions and evaluate their consequences for a range of academic and social situations

6-8 Grades

1A.3c  Demonstrate the capacity to maintain concentration on a task
1B.3a  Analyze how personal strengths and areas in need of improvement influence choices and outcomes 
1C.3a  Set a short-term goal and develop a plan for achieving it
1C.3b  Analyze why one achieved or did not achieve a goal
2A.3b  Analyze how one’s behavior may affect others

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