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Santa Cruz Mountains

Outdoor Science School for Private Christian Schools

5th and 6th Grade science inquiry

Mount Hermon's Outdoor School Christian program aims to give students an integrated worldview of Christianity and science. God is creator of our universe. Nature is ultimately His sanctuary, and we desire for students to experience Him there while being equipped with the science knowledge that they need to be informed about our natural world in order to succeed academically. We also aim to simultaneously equip every student with new experiences and understandings about God in their own spirituality and walk with Christ.
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  5 Days
  Ponderosa Lodge
  5th & 6th Grades

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Pricing

5 DAYS OF CAMP

Meals, Lodging, Program, & Recreation

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    Watershed Stewardship

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    Ecosystems

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    Consumers

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    Climbing Wall

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    Adventure Hike

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    Night Hike

Schedule

We prioritize quality teaching and enough free time for fun.

Monday Schedule

When What
10:30 AM Arrival
11:00 AM Orientation & Move into Cabins
12:25 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Class
3:45 PM Recreation Time
5:30 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Campfire
8:45 PM Prepare for Bed
9:45 PM Lights Out

Tuesday Schedule

When What
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:10 AM Class
12:00 PM Lunch
1:10 PM Class
3:45 PM Recreation Time
5:30 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Night Hike
8:45 PM Prepare for Bed
9:45 PM Lights Out

Wednesday Schedule

When What
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:10 AM Class
12:00 PM Lunch (Posters Due!)
1:10 PM Elective Classes
3:45 PM Recreation Time
5:30 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Predator Prey and Clue
8:45 PM Prepare for Bed
9:45 PM Lights Out

Thursday Schedule

When What
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:10 AM Make Sack Lunch & Begin Adventure Hike
12:00 PM Sack Lunch on the Trail
1:10 PM Afternoon Class on the Trail
3:45 PM Recreation Time
5:30 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Skit Night
8:45 PM Prepare for Bed
9:45 PM Lights Out

Friday Schedule

When What
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:10 AM Final Review Class
10:30 AM Final Closure Meeting
11:00 AM Goodbye!

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Get a taste of how your students will learn!

 

We know you want top value for your guests. Everyone will enjoy comfortable accommodations, welcoming gathering spaces, great food and fun recreation.

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    Lodge

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    Dining Hall

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    Game Room

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    Cabin Interior

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    Cabin Exterior

 
Prepare

Before Getting to Camp

  • Packing List

    Please mark all items, including luggage, with camper's first and last name

    • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
    • 2 Pairs Long Pants
    • Extra Socks
    • 2 Towels
    • Backpack
    • Rain Gear (Rain Jackets, Ponchos, Rain Pants, Boots
    • 2–3 Pairs of Closed-Toe Shoes
    • Toiletries (including sunscreen)
    • 2 Pencils
    • Pajamas
    • Warm Jacket & Sweatshirt
    • Laundry Bag (trash bag works)
    • Water Bottle (1 quart/liter)
    • Outdoor Clothing
    • Flashlight

    OPTIONAL ITEMS

    • Disposable or Digital Camera
    • Lip Balm
    • Watch/Alarm Clock
    • Writing Materials for Letters and Stamps
    • Bathing Suit
    • Money for gift store (cash preferred)
    • OSS T-Shirts: $12 (including tax), many other souvenirs and clothing items priced from $5 to $40


    PLEASE DO NOT BRING

    • Extra Food or Beverages (except for medical reasons)
    • Knives, Firearms or Other Weapons (including pocket knives)
    • Cell Phone
    • Any money besides money for gift store
    • Electronic games
    • Drugs, Alcohol or Tobacco Products

 
Location

All Outdoor Science programs take place at Mount Hermon's Ponderosa Lodge facility located 7 miles outside the city of Santa Cruz, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, along California's Central Coast.

Ponderosa Lodge
4600 Graham Hill Rd
Felton CA 95018
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Let's start a conversation

Sometimes what you need is to talk to a real person and get your questions answered—let's make it happen!
To reserve your spot
Austin Fought

Assistant Director
831.430.1239
outdoor.science@mounthermon.org

For other inquiries
OSS Main Office

831.430.1297