Outdoor School Programs

Outdoor Education Classes Focus on Environmental Awareness, Cultural History and Adventure

  • Environmental Awareness: 3 hour classes from 9-12 or 1-4. Some classes include; entomology, ever-changing earth, forest ecology, garbology/conservation, herpetology, ornithology, wetland ecology, comparative ecology, mammalogy, and rocks and minerals

  • Cultural history: pioneer life.

  • Adventure: team building activities, map and compass, school academic standards and archdiocese standards. Wilderness survival (winter months only), ropes courses

  • Living history re-enactments Underground Railroad, Cherokee Trail of Tears.

For Teachers

As your partner in education, we are pleased to team with you and your school to provide a spectacular outdoor education experience for your students. Our programs align with the Common Core Standards and can be highly customized.

For Parents & Students

Camp Joy understands the importance of being involved with your child. We’ve provided several resources to ensure your child has a safe and comfortable stay. From carb counts to packing lists, you can find everything you’re looking for here.

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We went to Camp Joy to learn teamwork and to have fun learning. My favorite activity was the underground railroad reenactment because it seemed so real, and it just comes to show how bad slaves were really treated. I personally learned how to deal with people that I’m stuck with or with people that don’t like too much. Camp Joy affected my school year in a way that I would work together much better with people. Camp Joy was a lot of fun.

Noah C., Camper

Thank you for for being my trail group leader. Throughout my time at Camp Joy you helped me and led us through our groups’ difficult times. You were also really fun singing all of those songs while we were hiking. I also thought that you were really good in the Underground Railroad play through. You probably would have caught us because of the way that we had escape. Thank you for helping me throughout Camp Joy, you should always know that I will never forget Camp Joy because of you.

Morgan C, Camper

Thank you again for providing our campers with a phenomenal experience. It is always a great opportunity for them to connect with other campers who share in their same medical condition and make lasting friendships with their peers.

Social Worker, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

The excitement of learning and growing at Camp Joy all begins with our first connection with you.

We are excited to get the opportunity to meet you and show you camp! If it is easier, just give Tia a call at 513-478-9282