Just last December, Echo Valley hosted Outdoor School’s largest group to date.
The group of over 150 students came from Fox Tech High School out of San Antonio. Erik Silvius, Outdoor School’s senior director, says the Fox Tech faculty took a deeper dive this year in their willingness to take ownership of their retreat activities. They tried a few activities atypical of most Outdoor School retreats, like nature-based poetry, fire-building, and some basic first aid skills.
Fox Tech was just one of 16 schools hosted by Outdoor School, which saw a total of 1,608 students served by its program.
The students do a wide range of educational activities at retreats—water studies, geocaching, learning to canoe or ride a bike—but the deepest and most memorable learning is social, relational.