5th Grade Outdoor School
All fifth grade students in ACPS have the opportunity to attend a week-long residential outdoor school at the 4-H Center in Garrett County, Maryland. Two elementary schools attended the camp in three one-week sessions beginning in the fall.
The Western Maryland 4-H Center is owned and operated by the University of Maryland and Cooperative Extension, and is used by a variety of groups. The camp site has rustic cabins, staff cabins, heated shower houses with bathrooms, and a spacious dining hall. Additionally, the center offers indoor and outdoor teaching facilities, covered pavilions, an archery area, a low ropes challenge and team-building course, and a campfire circle.
4-H camp staff members are responsible for teaching classes, and regular classroom teachers attended as well to assist with lessons. All lessons are created to align with state standards. Topics studied can include erosion and soil, compass and GPS, cells and microscopic organisms, owl pellets, and the wetlands. The 4-H center provides students with unique outdoor learning opportunities and is equipped with a fresh water marsh, bog, and swamp.
This residential program is free to students and parent volunteers.