Outdoor Environmental Education

Overnight and Day Trips for Students - K-12

Table of Contents

Basic Pricing

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a Trip

Program Checklist

Location/Directions/Camp Map

Programs/Lessons/Activities

Farm & Garden Classes

Field & Forest Classes

Sand & Sound Classes

Survive & Thrive Classes

Recreation Activities

Evening Programs

Scheduling

Sample Day Trip Schedule

Sample Schedule for a Two Day Program

Sample Schedule for a Three Day Program

Policies

What to Bring

Food Service


Dear Educators,

Thank you for your interest in Sound View Camp. This planning guide provides a framework for you to start thinking about an OEE trip to Sound View. Even a short time at camp in the out-of-doors makes a huge difference to students.

We offer both overnight and day trips which combine natural science, team building, and outdoor adventure into a unique program that fits your curriculum and your students’ needs. Here at Sound View we will tailor your program to your specific goals for your students. We are flexible enough to work with students of all ages which allows you to choose programs that support your work back in the classroom.

We offer four activity periods a day, for which teachers can choose between our NGSS-aligned lesson plans. Our staff will lead the lessons, allowing teachers and chaperones to focus on group bonding. Our staff are fully trained professionals that come to us with a four-year degree or extensive outdoor education and resident experience. We are dedicated to running an outdoor education program that will inform and inspire your students.

We would love to work with you in order to provide a great educational experience for your students. We encourage you to contact any of us with questions or better yet, set up a date for a tour of camp. We look forward to hearing from you!

-The Sound View Staff-

Nancyrose Houston

OEE Director

oee@soundviewcamp.com

(253) 884-9202 Ext. 5

James Goodman

Site Manager

sitemanager@soundviewcamp.com

(253) 884-9202 Ext. 3

Kurt Sample

Camp Director

director@soundviewcamp.com

(253) 884-9202 Ext. 1

Basic Pricing

In order to put together a complete trip for your group, we will build a package for you that will include all activities, meals, evening programs, and housing for your trip out to camp. Basic packages start at:

Day Trip: $12 / person

(one adult free for every 8 students)

($18 with lunch provided)

One Night Trip: $45 / person

(one adult free for every 8 students)

(four meals provided)

Two Night Trip: $80 / person

(one adult free for every 8 students)

(seven meals provided)

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people can I bring?  Groups numbering from 10 to 140 are welcome.  Our resident (overnight) program is best suited for up to 60 students (October-May).  In June and September,  we can accommodate up to 120 students.  For day trips, our capacity is 140 (September-June).

What housing is available at camp? We have two heated lodges which can handle 66 students and chaperones.  They are equipped with bathrooms/showers within.  In warmer months, we open up the 8 platform tents which can sleep 80 students and chaperones with a bathhouse nearby.

Can we just come for a day? Of course! We offer day trips from two to six hours. Camp may be one of the coolest and most educationally diverse field trips around. We would love to work with you to allow your students to participate in an OEE experience that suits your specific needs, schedule, and budget.

Do you do overnight camps? Absolutely! We love hosting our resident groups and offer great food and evening activities, including wonderful campfires with s’mores.

How much does it cost? Camp costs whatever your budget allows. We have options that cost as little as $12 per student - it all depends on your length of stay, meals provided,  and your program choices.

Do you help with the planning? Every step of the way! Planning is one of the biggest parts of what we do. Our goal is to streamline and simplify the process so our guests can enjoy their time with us. We are happy to come to you and run student and parent information meetings, in order to get everyone on the same page for a trip.

What about meals at camp - what are our options? We have a full service dining hall that serves hot meals to many campers each year. We are able to serve guests with specific dietary needs as long as you inform us ahead of time -- vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies etc. We also have space available for you to bring and eat your own lunch for day trips if you would prefer.

How do I book a date or see if a date is available? Give us a call at (253) 884-9202 Ext. 5 or email oee@soundviewcamp.com. Once you have your date and you have decided to come, we will send you a use agreement. You simply complete and return it with a small deposit to reserve your date.

Who will be working with our students? We are a small, talented staff with backgrounds in education or recreation and a commitment to working with children. All staff undergo extensive screening, including reference checks, interviews, and a national criminal background check before they are eligible for hire. Staff are trained to help children realize their full potential in a positive, experiential manner.

Who provides healthcare for our trip? Sound View staff are trained in first aid and CPR. However, the school/group has the primary responsibility to provide healthcare for students including first aid and dispensing of all medication. As we are in close proximity to nearby hospitals and urgent cares, we do not have an onsite nurse.


Planning a Trip

  • At Sound View Camp you build a unique program for your students with our help. We are more than willing to adapt our programs to fit what you want to get out of the trip to camp.
  • Our resident OEE experience is designed for up to 60 students with accommodations in our two heated lodges.  Larger schools can come in the early fall or late spring when the weather is warm enough to stay in the tent-cabins.
  • If you are planning a trip to camp, the best place to start is by identifying the purpose of your camp experience. Schools come with many different expectations of what they want their students to gain from an Outdoor Environmental Education trip. Some popular themes include team building, outdoor skills, environmental awareness, or improved social interactions.
  • Once you identify the overall purpose of the trip, you can begin looking through our program offerings and decide what classes and evening programs interest you. Once you establish the purpose of the trip and choose classes, please fill out the school information sheet and send it to camp.
  • If you have a specific schedule that you wish to follow, we ask that you send it to us at least 2 weeks ahead of your trip, allowing us time to get ready.
  • If you don’t have a specific agenda in mind, we will create one for you and send it to you for your consideration two weeks prior to your visit.

Program Checklist

  • Contact the OEE Director in order to set dates. Sound View will send you a contract.
  • Sign contract and return it to Camp with deposit by the date written on contract.
  • Mail certificate of insurance to Camp, if not already on file.
  • Develop and carry out fundraisers (if necessary or needed).
  • Hold an informal meeting for students and parents. (Sound View staff members are happy to do this.)
  • Arrange for transportation to Sound View.
  • Select teachers and chaperones for the trip. (We recommend an adult-student ratio of 1 to 8.)
  • Recruit or assign someone to be in charge of dispensing medicine. (All Sound View staff are trained in first aid and CPR but cannot dispense medications to students.)
  • Assign lodging and send plan to OEE Director.
  • Choose the classes and evening programs that you want for your trip.
  • Fill out the School Information Sheet and send to the OEE Director.
  • Hand out packing lists to students and chaperones.
  • Send list of dietary restrictions to OEE Director to be passed along to the kitchen staff.


Location/Directions/Camp Map

From I-5

  • I-5 Head towards Tacoma
  • Exit 132, WA-16 West, 13.5 miles
  • Exit, Purdy Dr. NW/WA-302W, 1.3 miles
  • Left, 302/Gig Harbor-Longbranch Hwy, 5.3 miles
  • Straight, Key Peninsula Hwy, 13.5 miles

Get onto I-5 headed towards Hwy 16, exit 132.

Hwy 16 will take you through Tacoma and across the Narrows Bridge (there is a Toll when returning to Tacoma!)

We are the fifth exit after the bridge. It is not numbered, watch for the sign! Purdy Dr. NW/WA-302. Signs will also indicate Purdy, Key Center, and Shelton. This exit will wrap you under the freeway and continue to a light where you will turn left on 302/Gig Harbor-Longbranch Hwy.

You will immediately cross a narrow bridge leading onto a long spit of land. After five miles you'll come to another light. 302 heads off to the right, but you'll continue straight onto the Key Peninsula Hwy. From here you just keep coming! You'll go through Key Center, Home, and Longbranch!

When you see a dead-end sign, you're almost there, our driveway and sign are on the left! If you go too far, the road just dead ends, come on back!



Accommodations

Students staying at Sound View will stay in one of our two lodges.  We also have heated lodging in the Agape cabins (see map) for teachers NOT lodging with students. Larger schools in September and June can also stay in a cabin-tent.

Calvinwood  Sleeps 32 (4 rooms of 8)

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Longhouse Sleeps 38 (2 rooms of 16, 2 rooms of 3)

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Cabin-Tent Sleeps 10 (4 loft beds and 6 singles) available September and June.  Modern bathroom/shower house nearby.


Programs/Lessons/Activities 

Farm & Garden Classes

  • This Really Gets My Goat:  Get to know the camp goats (and sheep), their breeds, their needs, and how to care for them.  As a team, lead the goats to an area of camp which requires clearing and put them to work munching away.
  • Composting Wonders:  Learn a LOT about compost, including different methods of making it, what it is used for, and why we love it.  Meet the camp worms!
  • The Chicken and the Egg:  We have no idea which came first.  Students will enjoy learning about poultry - especially our ducks, turkeys, and chickens and what it takes to raise them.
  • Local Food 101: Students will participate in a lesson about the chain of production that it takes for our food to get to our plates, comparing an industrial food system to one based on local agriculture. They will then participate in planting and harvesting products from the garden. We recommend pairing this class with the activity “Farm to Table”.
  • Farm to Table: Learn to prepare healthy meals with produce grown in our own Sound View garden. The delicacies prepared by students will be included at lunch or dinner for other students to taste. Classes also include cooking with plants that grow naturally around the camp property, such as dandelion salad, nettle tea, or blackberry crumble.

Field & Forest Classes

  • Miniature Forests: Discover the incredible world that most of us trample over without realizing: the miniature forests of mosses, liverworts, lichens, mushrooms, and the insects that live in them! We will learn about their importance for the healthy functioning of the forest, their incredible powers of absorption, and the ways they are used by animals and humans. This can be extended to two activity periods with an extra laboratory / arts and crafts session.
  • Local Leaves: Students will participate in a nature walk through the Sound View property, learning the most iconic trees and plants of the Pacific Northwest. The class will cover the structure and importance of trees, as well as the difference between deciduous trees, broadleaf evergreens, and conifers. We will also learn about the ways that indigenous communities of the region used the various plants we see on our hike.
  • Bird Watching is Way Cooler than it Sounds: Become a budding ornithologist as we learn about the resident and migratory birds that call Sound View their home. This class will be active, walking the grounds with binoculars and cameras as we search for birds in the forest, marsh, and sound. Students will learn to identify local birds by sight and sound.
  • Geology of the Pacific Northwest:  Discover more about the “bones” beneath this beautiful area of the world and the history that led to the creation of Puget Sound.


Sand & Sound Classes

  • Welcome to the Tidal Zone: Students will explore the tidal zone, learning about saltwater macroinvertebrates, algae, and how they are connected with the rest of the living beings in the Puget Sound. This class will include time in our beach lab, using microscopes to further examine student discoveries.
  • Driftwood Art:  After learning about the forces of nature which create driftwood out of whatever lumber the sea receives, students will use items from nature and woodburners to create art from pieces of selected driftwood which they can take home.
  • Canoeing and Water Safety:  We love canoes because they require two students to work together.  We also like to send young people home from camp equipped with useful knowledge of how to keep themselves safe in watercraft as well as safe, simple skills to assist others in aquatic emergencies.
  • Why Knot:  To truly understand the sea, and seafaring culture, you have to learn some knots and what they’re used for.

Survive & Thrive Classes

  • Outdoor Cooking:  After hiking into the woods, students will build a shelter, start a fire with flint and steel, and cook a simple meal. Introduces fire safety and survival skills.
  • Archery:  Our experienced rangemaster will teach students to shoot a bow and arrow and challenge themselves on our archery range. We will also teach essential archery safety skills.
  • Orienteering:  Students will learn to use an orienteering compass, read a map, and navigate our orienteering course.  If time permits, they will play a round of compass disc golf.
  • Challenge Course:  Often, group initiatives (low ropes) elements are built into other lessons.  However, schools can choose the challenge course as a stand-alone activity where students will learn to work together on challenges that often have an environmental education theme.  This is a great choice in the fall when looking to help students to bond for the school year.
  • Predator-Prey Game: Students will take on the roles of various animals in a food web and will embark on a journey to find food and water while trying to evade their predators. This high energy, active, outside simulation helps shed light on the predator and prey relationships found in nature.


Recreation Activities

Capture the Flag     Disc Golf     Basketball     Ultimate Frisbee     Paintball     Soccer
Canoeing     Zip Line    Archery     Gaga Ball     Kickball
     Dodgeball     Volleyball


Evening Programs

Adaptation Auction            Insect Inquiry: Light trap        Astronomy
Campfire       Eco-Dramas     Minute to Win It     Night Hikes        Skit Night


Scheduling

The sample schedules below have been provided to assist you in choosing the best itinerary for the program you would like. When selecting your classes and dividing your students into class groups, please remember the following guidelines:

  • Camp will provide two instructors to you free of charge to help teach classes Additional staff members may be available for the additional charge of $50 dollars per staff member per day, please contact the OEE Director to discuss the possibility.  
  • While the ideal class size depends on which activities you choose, the base group size should be around 15 students.  
  • If you have a schedule that you would like to follow while you are at camp, please submit that to the OEE Director at least 2 weeks before your trip so that we can accommodate other groups.
  • If you get the schedule to us after that deadline we will try our best but it will become harder to keep things how you requested them and may need to be rearranged to fit with other groups.  
  • The OEE Director will create a schedule based on your class requests and, with your input, determine a schedule that works well for your group. To accommodate for a round-robin style of scheduling, some class sessions may be substituted with additional time for recreation activities or with other camp-led or school-led activities, depending on the total number of class groups and the classes requested.  
  • Some classes, like Predator-Prey, are best delivered as one session taught to the entire group.
  • Many schools will choose to bring their own lunches for day programs as well as for the first meal of their overnight program in order to cut costs, but we do have a kitchen that can serve a hot breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner if desired. Please contact the OEE director to inquire about this option.  
  • If you want a recreation time for your day trip then indicate which class rotation you would like replaced by recreation time.  
  • Some classes do take more time than others do, some can be adapted to a shorter time while others cannot; please contact the OEE director about those adaptations.

Sample Day Trip Schedule

8:45 Welcome / Orientation
9:15 Class Rotation 1
10:30 Break / Travel Time
10:45 Class Rotation 2
12:00 Break / Travel Time
12:15 Lunch (Own or Camp’s)
1:00 Class Rotation 3
2:15 Break / Travel Time
2:30 Class Rotation 4
3:45 Bathroom Break
4:00 Departure

Sample Schedule for a Two Day Program

Day 1 

10:30 Welcome, Move into Cabins

11:00 Orientation

11:15 Student Tour / Teacher Meeting

11:45 Hoppers to Dining Hall

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Class Rotation

2:30 Class Rotation

4:00 Recreation Time / Class Rotation

5:15 Hoppers to Dining Hall

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Get ready for Evening Program

7:00 Evening Program

9:00 Get ready for bed

10:00 Lights Out

Day 2

7:00 Wake up and Pack Cabins

7:45 Hoppers to Dining Hall

8:00 Breakfast

9:15 Class Rotation

10:45 Class Rotation

12:15 Hoppers to Dining Hall

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Load Buses and Depart

Sample Schedule for a Three Day Program

Day 1 

10:30 Welcome, Move into Cabins

11:00 Orientation

11:15 Student Tour / Teacher Meeting

11:45 Hoppers to Dining Hall

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Class Rotation

2:30 Class Rotation

4:00 Recreation Time / Class Rotation

5:15 Hoppers to Dining Hall

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Get ready for Evening Program

7:00 Evening Program

9:00 Get ready for bed

10:00 Lights Out

Day 2

7:45 Hoppers to Dining Hall

8:00 Breakfast

9:15 Class Rotation

10:45 Class Rotation

12:15 Hoppers to Dining Hall

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Class Rotation

3:00 Class Rotation

4:30 Recreation Time / Class Rotation

5:15 Hoppers to Dining Hall

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Get ready for Evening Program

7:00 Evening Program

9:00 Get ready for bed

10:00 Lights Out

Day 2

7:00 Wake up and Pack Cabins

7:45 Hoppers to Dining Hall

8:00 Breakfast

9:15 Class Rotation

10:45 Class Rotation

12:15 Hoppers to Dining Hall

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Load Buses and Depart

Policies

  • While all program staff is trained at a minimum of Red Cross first-aid and CPR and will provide assistance for medical emergencies, Sound View does not employ a resident medical staff person. School staff is responsible for all student medication brought to camp, and use of the nurse’s station to lock the medication will be provided if requested.
  • Children must have adequate supervision while here at Sound View based on your school’s policy. You should provide a minimum of 1:10 chaperone (18 or older) to camper ratio.
  • Enter other lodging areas only with permission of the adult chaperone. Sound View is not responsible for any theft, loss, or damage of any personal property.
  • The use of alcohol and illegal drugs is strictly prohibited on Sound View property.
  • NO GUNS, KNIVES, EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS, OR ANY OTHER PERSONAL WEAPONS ARE PERMITTED ON CAMP PREMISES.
  • All vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas only. All fire lanes need to be kept clear of any obstruction.
  • In the event of any damage or defacing of any building or property due to malicious intent or negligence, the school or group will be held responsible for the cost of repairs. A quote for repairs or replacement will be sent to the school with the final billing notice.
  • Quiet Hours are from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.


Upon arrival, a Sound View staff member will greet your group, and a brief orientation will be held covering our rules. The staff member will discuss the basic guidelines of Sound View with the group.

Respect the camp environment and property.

  1. Stay on the trails.
  2. Pick up trash and encourage others not to litter.
  3. Please respect all plants and animals around camp. This is their home, and we are the visitors. Do not touch animals unless a leader says it is okay.
  4. Take care of the buildings and property. Do not bring food into the cabins/lodges, as this will attract critters.

Care for others.

  1. Encourage each other. No put-downs.
  2. Listen when others are talking.
  3. When a leader signals for your attention, everyone should be quiet and listen.
  4. Stay out of buildings without adult permission.
  5. Keep out of other people’s rooms, lodges, and possessions.

Be responsible for yourself.

  1. Stay with your group and an adult at all times.
  2. Dress appropriately for activities.
  3. Get enough sleep.
  4. Be on time.
  5. Clean up after yourself.
  6. Be honest.


What to Bring

  • Everyday Clothing:
  • You do not need to purchase any clothing for camp.
  • Lodging Items: 
  • Sound View will provide cabins/lodges with heat and comfortable beds for your students stay with us.
  • Visitors should bring their own bedding for the trip, either sleeping bag or sheets and blankets, and a pillow.
  • Visitors should also bring any toiletries that they will need for the trip (towel, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous Items: There are a many other items that you could send with the students that can enrich their trip, but none are necessary. Check with the teachers from the school in order to know the specifics, but some usual items are; a journal, pencils, disposable camera, book, etc.
  • Spending Money:
  • We have a camp store on site that some of our school groups choose to visit.
  • Most items in the store are $30 or less. Check with your school to see if the students will be visiting the trading post.
  • Luggage:
  • The students will be carrying their luggage to their lodging so they should try to keep their luggage to one container (suitcase, duffle bag, hiking backpack) for their clothing and toiletries and one container for their bedding.
  • Garbage bags are great because for the most part, they are waterproof.
  • Rainy Day Clothing:
  • Here at Sound View we do most of our activities rain or shine, and being prepared for changes in the weather is important.
  • Water-proof/resistant outer clothing, hats and shoes are important.
  • Cold Weather Clothing:
  • Just like for rain, outdoor activities are usually not cancelled for cold weather.
  • The weather can change quickly here so it is important to be prepared just in case. Clothing that can be layered is great for those cold days.
  • Gloves and warm hats are a must have for colder months.


Very Important Items:  

  • 1 raincoat  
  • 1 winter coat (mid-October to mid-May)  
  • 1 sweatshirt  
  • 1 wool sweater or fleece jacket  
  • 1 hat (sun or warmth)  
  • 1 pair of waterproof rubber boots or old shoes that can get wet and sandy
  • 1 pair of comfortable broken-in shoes (sneakers, hiking boots, etc.)  
  • 2 shirts  
  • 2 pairs of jeans or long pants  
  • 2 sets of underwear  
  • 4 pairs of socks  
  • 1 pair of pajamas  
  • 1 towel  
  • 1 sleeping bag or blanket roll (2 sheets and comforter)
  • Pillow  
  • Flashlight  
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste)  
  • Insect repellent (cream or lotion preferred)  
  • Plastic bag for wet or dirty clothes  
  • Sunscreen  
  • Water bottle

Do NOT Bring the Following:

  • Food, Candy, or Gum
  • Lighters or matches
  • Knives or other weapons
  • Ipods, MP3 players, Electronic Games
  • Cell Phones

Any items that the students bring to Sound View has the chance to be misplaced, lost, or broken. Please do not send the students with any brand new clothing for that reason. Sound View is not responsible for any lost, broken, or damaged property.



Food Service

Sample Menu

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Breakfast

Scrambled Eggs

Hash Browns

Oatmeal and Cold Cereal

Fresh Fruit

Orange Juice and Milk

Pancakes

Turkey Sausage

Oatmeal and Cold Cereal

Fresh Fruit

Apple Juice and Milk

Lunch

Turkey Sub Sandwich

Corn Chips

Salad Bar

Fruit

Water and Juice

Cookies

Veggie Option: Boca Burger

Chicken Strips

Tater Tots  

Salad Bar

Fruit

Water and Juice

Rice Crispy Treat

Veggie Option: Soy Dog

Grilled Cheese

Tomato Soup

Salad Bar

Fruit

Water and Juice

Brownies

Dinner

Ground Turkey Tacos

Black and Refried Beans

Corn and Flour Tortillas

Spanish Rice

Salad Bar

Milk and Water

Chocolate Cake

Pasta

Marinara and Alfredo Sauce

Garlic Bread

Salad Bar

Milk and Water

Apple Crisp

Sack lunches are also an option for the final day.

Hoppers:   Students learn responsibility by helping out during the meals. These students, referred to as Hoppers, arrive 15 minutes before the meal to set the table. If you have assigned seating, choose one or two hoppers from each table to be responsible for the table where they are sitting. During the meal the Hopper gets the food from the kitchen, any refills needed, and helps with the clean up procedure.

Snacks:   Camp can provide daytime / evening snacks for $1 per person per snack. Snacks available include Goldfish, granola bars, popcorn, string cheese, cookies, and fruit. We can also provide the ingredients for s’mores for campfire time. For those who wish you can also bring your own snacks for your students.


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8515 Key Peninsula Highway South    Longbranch, WA  98351  (253) 884-9202  oee@soundviewcamp.com