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The Outdoor Education Pillar at CCS strives to provide students with hands-on opportunities to connect to nature, learn risk management concepts, effective communication skills, group dynamics, and survival skills in an outdoor classroom setting. Courses in these areas are designed to enhance how students collaborate socially and in other areas of academics throughout their daily lives.

Charleston Collegiate School’s Outdoor Education Program serves students of all grade levels and aims to increase awareness of how we impact one another’s lives and the effect we have on our environment.  Our OEC is certified by the Association of Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT) and includes nature trails, kayak programs, hard bottom swamp and dock.

The immediate goals of this program are reconnecting people with their natural surroundings and with one another, while cultivating "soft skills" such as confidence, leadership, communication and collaboration.

These goals are accomplished through an experiential and hands-on approach to learning, utilizing elements in our low/high ropes course and nature trails.  Students acquire knowledge through participation, discussion, questioning, and immersion in the topics being covered.

CCS's Outdoor Education program offers:

  • credited outdoor education classes field trips 
  • Project Learning Tree curriculum classes
  • week-long "winterim" trips
  • archery
  • guided kayaking tours
  • internships for high school students
  • a majors program for juniors and seniors
  • programs for corporate and non-profit groups
  • certification through American Red Cross and American Canoe Association
  • summer camps
  • opportunities to get First Aid/CPR certified


Outdoor Education Topics

  • Sustainability education
  • Teamwork
  • Team Building
  • Problem Solving
  • Learning proactive and reactive skills
  • Group dynamics
  • Effective communication skills
  • Risk management
  • Wilderness skills
  • Exploration
  • Survival
  • Building in nature
  • Recognizing South Carolina agriculture and wild animals