Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center’s new Executive Director, Dr. Danny Pierce would like to invite your home school group to Stronghold for outdoor education, team building courses and to tour our castle. Dr. Pierce recently came to Stronghold after being a professor in Outdoor Education and Physical Recreation in Tennessee. For years, Stronghold has proudly offered a flexible curriculum to meet every class’ needs and desires.
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Stronghold’s outdoor education curriculum, supported by challenge education and field experience, helps young people to discover their role in the ecosystem.
The outdoor education program is experience based, offering a balance of physical activities and academic exercises. Topics can include Nature and the Arts, Astronomy, Field Science, Birds of Prey, Water/Soil Conservation, Geology, and Orienteering with Maps and Compass, and many more. The curriculum is tailored to meet your class/objectives and meets Illinois State Learning Standards in all seven areas: language arts, math, science, fine arts, social studies, foreign language, and physical education.
Our professional staff will help you to create a multiple-day schedule specifically designed to meet your curricular needs. There are 20 classes from which you can choose. A few of our featured topics include astronomy, field science, bird and animal studies, water and soil conservation, and map and compass use, plus cooperative games and teambuilding. Day programs are also available.
Lodging options for your students and staff include wooded retreat lodges, campsites, or the Castle.
Our dining room provides a variety of child-friendly entrees, including meatless options for lunch and dinner, along with soup and salad bar and dessert choices. Beverage bar with milk, juices, hot cocoa, coffee, and tea is available during all meals. Breakfast includes hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, and egg and meat selections.
Dietary restrictions are easily accommodated with advance notice.
Prepared sack lunches containing a sandwich, fruit and dessert are available from the Stronghold kitchen. Beverage service can be arranged.
Stronghold offers an outdoor education experience designed specifically for you and your students! Located in Oregon, Illinois, the beauty of nature exists in a variety of environments, all along bluffs overlooking the Rock River.