Homeschool Co-ops

Homeschool Days at Walcamp are an adventure in learning.

Homeschool Day events extend the Walcamp outdoor education program to families and co-op groups, providing opportunities to explore God’s creation, build friendships with fellow homeschool families, and for personal growth through educational and recreational activities. Both half day and full day events are available.

Each Homeschool Day event focuses on a specific theme, with activities based in at least one of three general areas. Activities are designed to provide as much hands-on exploration as possible.

Environmental Education

  • Nature hikes
  • Observation/Exploration
  • Discussion times

Outdoor Skills Development

  • Hands on tools and artifacts
  • Small group instruction followed by individual assistance as need

Social and Community Studies

  • Group games
  • Ties to historical significance
  • Relevance of theme to modern times
  • Partners/groups working toward a common goal

* Programming costs may vary by activity and group size.

In an effort to make our Homeschool Days Events more compatible with the needs and interests of the homeschool community, Walcamp now offers homeschool co-operative groups the opportunity to schedule events based on their schedule and interests. Possible field-day event themes include:

Eco-worlds: Test your observation skills as you explore various natural communities around camp, discovering how animals, trees, humans, and even non-living things are connected, affect one another, and work together to live in community.

A Day on the Frontier: Walk in the footsteps of the pioneers as you make wax candles, learn to shoot a bow and arrow, work with pioneer tools, or cook over an open fire.

Night Visions: Explore what happens in nature after dark. Take a night hike in search of wildlife, roast s’mores around a campfire, and gaze in awe at the heavens as you explore the wonders of the night sky with our Awe-stronomy unit.

Recreational Day: Bring your group for a fun day in the outdoors. Activities vary by season, but could include archery, canoeing, snowshoeing, skiing, nature hikes, field games, building an igloo or tree shelter, nature art projects, and more. 

Group Initiative Challenge (GIC) Course: Team Challenge utilizes our GIC course to develop skills in communication, trust, problem-solving, and working together with other people. Designed for a minimum group of 8 participants who have completed grades 5 or higher.

Test of Survival: What does it take to survive out-of-doors? Students construct shelters, develop basic fire-building skills, and learn basic outdoor survival skills.

Our staff will work with you to determine which activities would work best for your group. Programming costs vary by activity and group size.

Events are hosted by the Outdoor Education instructors of Walcamp, fluent in a wide range of interests and abilities. A lifeguard is on duty for all waterfront activities. All events are supervised by the Director of Programming, who is certified by the Red Cross in First Aid/CPR.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their students. Walcamp staff can provide supervision if adult participation is not possible, however parental attendance (or designated adult(s) from multiple families) is required for all participants in 3rd grade or younger. Parents and siblings under 5 years of age attend free -unless specifically mentioned otherwise.