• MCS Front

    Milpitas Christian Schools
    Located in Silicon Valley, on the border of San Jose and Milpitas

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Outdoor Education

Milpitas Christian School strives to glorify God by assisting families and churches in nurturing children in their academic, physical, spiritual, and emotional growth. Outdoor education supports this goal as an integral part of our curriculum.

Outdoor education supports our school's expected outcomes (ESLRs) by providing students with opportunities to:
  • build complex thinking skills
  • become effective communicators
  • demonstrate good citizenship
  • become well-rounded individuals
  • become people of integrity


















The experiential nature of outdoor education cannot be replicated in the classroom. As a vital part of our curriculum, every student in grades 4-8 is expected to attend the outdoor education trip with classmates.
As a result of our outdoor education program students will:

  • experience the complexity of God's creation and respond to it with respect and stewardship
  • explain how God's plan in creation affects their lives
  • demonstrate wilderness survival skills
  • describe his/her gifts from God and explain our reliance on God for those gifts
  • encounter different physical challenges of increasing intensity and communicate the emotional and spiritual benefits of such encounters

Click on a grade level to view more details about a specific trip:    4th    5th     6th    7th     8th


4th grade:  Gold trip
The 4th grade gold rush trip exposes students to historical people, places, and practices from CA State history. Students will also learn to recognize rocks and minerals of the region.

For many students, this will be their first experience away from home. Students will need to make appropriate adjustments to limited food choices.

Activities include:

  • limited hiking and free climbing
  • mine exploration
  • games
  • gold panning
  • evening campfires

This trip is a 2-day, 1-night experience. Students stay in lodge-type accommodations with cafeteria-style dining. For more information, please click here: Old Oak Ranch.

   
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5th Grade:  Mt. Gilead
The focus of this trip is to build self-confidence and to learn introductory survival skills.
At this grade level, students are expected to take responsibility for such things as dressing appropriately for the activity of the day and weather conditions, organization and maintenance of personal belongings, and time management.
Activities include: 

  • shelter and fire building
  • orienteering
  • purposeful hiking
  • evening campfires

This 4-day, 3-night experience includes lodge-type accommodations and cafeteria-style dining. For more information please click here:Mt. Gilead Camp & Conference Center and Genesis Account.

   

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6th grade:  Marin Headlands
This program engages students in interactive adventures through outdoor activities, learning games, team building exercises, and classroom instruction in a fully equipped natural science laboratory. Earth science, in conjunction with California State Standards, is the focus of this outdoor education experience.

Activities include:

  • hiking
  • geology study
  • microscope lab
  • journal writing
  • pond study
  • group challenges and games

This 4-day, 3-night experience includes lodge-type accommodations and cafeteria dining. For more information please click here: Headlands Institute (a division of Yosemite Institute).

  
 

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7th grade:  Big Basin
This trip builds self-sufficiency and responsibility. Prior to the trip, students will be trained in the basic skills of setting up and tearing down camp (tents). Upon arrival at base camp, students will set up their own tents and will be responsible for preparation, set-up, and clean-up of meals during the week, under adult supervision.

Activities include:

  • community service
  • challenge course
  • nature/orienteering day hike

This 4-day, 3-night experience includes tent camping in Big Basin State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

                            

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8th grade:  Ansel Adams Wilderness
Our culminating trip is the 8th grade, backpacking trip. Students carry everything they need for the entire week in their backpacks, including food, clothing, and camping supplies, as well as other gear needed for participation in the activities.
On this trip students experience the physical and mental challenges of rock climbing and rappelling, conservation of drinking water, waste management, orienteering, and wilderness survival skills.

Activities include:

  • hiking
  • rappelling
  • climbing

This 5-day, 4 night backpacking trip includes “sleeping under the stars” and self-preparation of food. For more information please click here: Summit Adventure.

8th Grade Outdoor Education Forms