Our Difference
Outdoor Program

Middle School for Girls

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. Our younger students spend time exploring the Wissahickon Valley—an amazing resource at the school’s backdoor. They go on hikes where they learn orienteering, search for owls, and do field studies of the creek’s habitat. As they grow older, they travel farther afield to places like Ringing Rocks and Hawk Mountain and enjoy overnight camping with a parent. Other trips include sailing on the Chesapeake, navigating ropes courses in the Poconos, and camping in Maryland. 

Learning from and experiencing the outdoors continues into the middle years and is an important part of the Middle School for Girls experience. Each year we provide Middle School girls with the opportunity to travel beyond our campus and experience the world in new ways, helping to build class unity and providing new perspectives on classroom learning.

These experiences—close to home or further flung—allow the girls to bond, take risks, and grow in new ways. 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 5: School Slumber Party

    We introduce time away from home with a 5th grade overnight at school. Held in the spring, the overnight includes activities that build a sense of community and class spirit and often includes the use of our high-ropes course on campus. It’s a warm and fun evening that celebrates sisterhood, and the impact on class cohesion is quite evident.
  • Grade 6: Outdoor Fun in Maryland

    Sixth graders have their first offsite trip in the spring, spending three days at Echo Hill Outdoor School on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This is a completely outdoor experience; the girls sleep in platform tents and have meals in an open pavilion. This has been a wonderful experience for generations of girls—again, one that is often commented on in senior commencement speeches and that may necessitate your planning some camping trips of your own.
  • Grade 7: Pocono Plateau

    In the spring, girls travel to Pocono Plateau in Cresco, PA. 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 8: Celebrating a Milestone on the Chesapeake

    The 8th Grade Chesapeake Bay Trip is the milestone of the Middle School for Girls. The experience includes sailing, history study at local museums, nature study, model shipbuilding, and tours of Annapolis and the Naval Academy. The trip offers the girls the special opportunity to immerse themselves in and learn about a community whose culture and economy has shifted with environmental and economic changes.