Pennsylvania

South Mountain YMCA

 
Located 12 miles west of Reading, PA, South Mountain YMCA is the perfect setting for a valuable and enjoyable school outdoor educational experience or retreat. Situated on 650 mountaintop acres, programs combine sensitivity toward, awareness of, and respect for all living things. South Mountain YMCA offers a variety of different environmental education and history programs as well as recreational activities such as horseback riding, zipling, and more. Lodging is available for overnight stays. Meals are served family style in our charming dining hall and all allergies and preferences can be catered to.
 
Contact Info
Address: 201 Cushion Peak Road, Reinholds, PA 17569. Berks County. 
 
Tel: 610-670-2267. 
 
 
Website: www.smymca.org
 
Hrs: Vary.
 
SCHOOLS
Environmental science and history programs for students focus on topics such as ecology, predator/prey relationships, watersheds, archaeology, the Lenape Indians, and more. Activities include observing amphibian specimens, digging for artifacts, making Native American crafts, and much more. Students can also enjoy Adventure Program activities such as rock climbing, team building, low ropes course, trap shooting, archery, canoeing, zorb balls, and more. Team building opportunities on the facility’s challenge course are also available. Learn more about school programs
 
Contact Info
Contact: Greg McCrohan, gmccrohan@smymca.org
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 nights.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Phone, Email.      
 
Food Options: Meals, Beverages, Catering.
 
Cost: Vary from $25-$115 per person. 
 
Accessible To: PD.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies, Social Studies, Physical Education.
Topics Covered: Science, living environment, earth science, geology, ecology, habitats, animal adaptations, watersheds, archaeology, Native Americans, art, personal skills, team building.
 
SCOUTS
Scouts can enjoy South Mountain Adventures while working on Horse, Canoeing, Kayaking, and other badges at South Mountain YMCA. Adventure programs allow scouts to learn how to ride a horse and provide canoeing, kayaking, and sailing lessons. Other activities include mountain boarding, trap shooting, zip lining, and more. Signed waivers are required for all Adventure Programs. Learn more about South Mountain Adventures
 
Contact Info
Contact: Greg McCrohan, gmccohan@smymca.org.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours-2 nights.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Phone, Email.      
 
Food Options: Meals, Beverages, Catering.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Accessible To: PD.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Physical Education.
Topics Covered: Safety, personal skills, team building.
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschoolers can participate in Homeschool Days at South Mountain YMCA. Homeschool day activities allow homeschoolers to build self-confidence and leadership skills while learning about the environment. Activities include environmental studies programs, archery, swimming, cooking, crafts, and more. Learn more about upcoming Homeschool Days
 
Contact Info
Contact: Cory Evans, 610-670-2267, ext. 238, cevans@smymca.org.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: ½ day.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Phone, Email.      
 
Food Options: Meals, Beverages, Catering.
 
Cost: Fee.
 
Accessible To: PD.
 
Topics Covered: Science, living environment, earth science, geology, ecology, art, personal skills, team building.

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