Our Difference
Outdoor Program

Middle School for Boys

developing an appreciation and respect for nature

Providing students with opportunities to experience their natural surroundings firsthand helps build confidence and independence, offers new perspectives on their classroom studies, and develops a greater appreciation and respect for nature. SCH Academy’s Outdoor and Trip Program builds and grows as our students grow.
Throughout their Lower School experience, our younger students spend time exploring the Wissahickon Valley—an amazing resource at the school’s backdoor—and experience a robust outdoor program that includes multiple trips or hikes each year. In Middle School, we continue to recognize that it’s important to travel beyond our campus, and each year we provide opportunities to see their studies come to life with overnight class trips that challenge our students to navigate a new environment.
These experiences—from wilderness to water to new cities—help students bond, take risks, and grow in new ways. Our Middle School students have climbed high ropes courses in the Poconos, camped in the woods, and explored Washington, DC. Our students tell us these trips engender some of their fondest memories of the middle years at SCH.

Signature Trips

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  • Grade 6: Pocono Trek

    In the fall, boys travel to the Poconos where they work on team skills, leadership, and personal challenges. The program includes low ropes and high ropes challenges, climbing, environmental education, and canoeing.
  • Grade 7: Sailing on the Chesapeake

    For three days each fall, the boys sail the Chesapeake Bay, sleeping and cooking on-board in groups of five as they learn about and explore this historical area. There may even be a crab dinner in the offing.
  • Grade 8: NYC Adventure

    In the spring, the boys go on an urban adventure to New York City, visiting the U.N., Google headquarters, and an educational and historical tour of Harlem. An evening with the Blue Man Group is a favorite of the boys.        
  • Grade 8: Sassafras River Excursion

    In the fall, students travel to the Sassafras River in Maryland for great canoeing and camping as well as scenic views and wildlife with opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, seine fishing, sampling marine life, and beachcombing. Basic camping skills as well as class bonding are a focus of this three-day trip.