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Information for Parents

Dear Parent or Guardian

We are excited about having your child attend American Outdoor Education's programs. Our staff desires that each student feels welcome and involved with the program to gain the most out of this experience.


Following are a few items that will help to make your child's time with American Outdoor Education the most beneficial.

Preparation for Outdoor School can be started at home as well as at school. Encouraging a mindset that this field trip is an extension of school instead of a summer camp experience will be helpful for your student and their teacher. Attention to forms, deadlines, or meetings set up by your school will make the planning process run more smoothly.

Proper clothing and shoes will make a huge difference in your child's comfort while attending Outdoor School. Please refer to the Equipment checklist. Keep in mind that layering clothes is essential. A rain poncho is a great idea, just in case, and closed-toe shoes help keep your child's feet safe on the hiking trails and are required for most activities. Check with your child's teacher for any school dress codes that will be extended to Outdoor School.

Most of our locations can distribute mail to students during their stay. We request that you do not send candy and junk food. All mail should be sent the week before Outdoor School and addressed as follows:

Program Site
Student name, school name
Site Address

Phone calls home by students are reserved for emergencies. Years of experience have shown that calling home will usually aggravate homesickness. Many schools set up a communication system to relay safe arrival and any emergencies. By the end of Outdoor School, students are eager to share everything they have learned when they return home.

We aim to maintain an atmosphere of learning and fun, emphasizing respect for others. If students show a lack of respect and do not follow camp guidelines, a discipline policy will be followed in cooperation with the school. Your student's teacher can provide you with information about the discipline procedures.

Thank you for allowing your child to participate in American Outdoor Education. We look forward to providing many memorable opportunities and learning experiences.

Serving you and your children,
American Outdoor Education Staff

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