Camp Whittle has several housing options. Students and teachers stay in recently refurbished dormitories with access to adjacent bathrooms. The dormitories are heated. Lodges with private baths are available for students or the faculty chaperones. All participants need to provide sleeping bags, pillows or bedding. Meals are in the cafeteria, with the exception of lunch, which is eaten on the trail.
Hiking, initiative games, group challenges, high and low challenge/ropes courses, art, astronomy, earth science, life science, and age appropriate environmental science activities. There are extensive hiking opportunities. Group and individual challenges, cooperative challenges, increased identification with the natural environments (i.e. San Bernardino Mountains), and basic natural history of the area are also offered. Introduction to environmental science concepts, minimum impact wilderness travel, and a shared common experience are included.
Members of the class will be organized into groups of twelve to fourteen students. Naturalists at Large instructors will work with their groups to teach basic outdoor skills, supervise meal preparation, conduct outdoor education hikes (primarily a mix of “walk and talks” and hands-on activities). Students will be placed in situations that encourage them to work together (e.g. cooking, setting up camp, camp chores, etc.). In addition, they will be encouraged to solve problems posed by the NAL instructors, comprised of both intellectual and well thought-out and well executed physical problems (initiative games).
- Freshwater biology
- Plant communities – botany, ecology, plant identification
- Adaptations of plants and animals
- Geology – landforms
- The stars –constellations, & mythology
- Environmental resource management
- Water resources – pollution, sewage treatment, water sources
- Outdoor skills appropriate to your students
- Invertebrate zoology & bird watching