Outdoor School can be a magical experience where you get to spend time outside learning and building community with your classmates. Parents, teachers, and sometimes high school-age leaders stay in the cabins and help lead everyone through the program. If your school is signed up for an overnight program at Camp Gray, this page is for you!
You Are Welcome Here
OMSI respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that we will be successful in accomplishing our mission and vision when we seek out and respond to diversity of participation, thought and action. We will work to dismantle barriers to equity and access to the experiences OMSI provides and to create welcoming environments and conditions where all people can reach their full potential. We lead with race.
In keeping with this opening line of OMSI’s equity statement, OMSI Outdoors uses and supports inclusive pronouns. OMSI Outdoors staff will introduce themselves using their pronouns (they, she, he, etc.) and will invite all participants to do the same. OMSI’s goal is for every student to have an opportunity to be true to themselves.
Outdoor School FAQ
We are eager to answer your questions! Below are a few questions that we get asked a lot. If there’s something you want to know that isn’t here, please contact us.
We can accommodate mild to severe tree nut, peanut, egg, soy, wheat, and other food allergies.
Our kitchen is not allergen free, but promise to clean and sanitize all surfaces and kitchen equipment to avoid cross-contamination. We’re open to inquiries and problem-solving in advance. Please contact us to discuss your food concerns, and we will be happy to help ease any worries.
Absolutely! Working from information provided by outdoor school group leaders, we build menus to meet all food needs. If you are coming for Outdoor School, please communicate your needs to your group leader to that we received a full and inclusive list.
Typically, we create variations on the main meal cooking gluten-free pasta or vegetarian sausage to provide a similar meal for our vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free participants.
Group leaders will assign the cabins. Typically cabin assignments are based on gender identity and the availability of cabin chaperones. Talk to your group leader for cabin request or all gender bathrooms.
Even though we have cell service at Camp Gray, we ask that personal electronic devices are not used during the meals and OMSI-led activities and programs.
Outside of that, we ask group leaders to enact a policy that meets the needs of students and families. We recognize that electronic devices may be part of a behavioral management plan or family emergency procedure, and welcome group leaders to reach out to discuss potential accommodations.
Visiting for a different program?
Outdoor School – Group Leaders
Are you a teacher or principal who is planning an outdoor school trip for your class?
Outdoor School at Camp Hancock
Are you going to Outdoor School at Camp Hancock? We operate similar programs, but life in the desert is a bit different!
Summer at Camp Gray
Looking for information about Camp Gray’s summer overnight camps? Some things are similar in the summer but not everything!