Faith and Science Retreat

Damascus is a hands-on, total immersion learning campus serving middle school and high school students across Ohio.

“The Great Outdoors” makes science, environmental education, leadership development, teamwork, and related curriculum come alive for each student.

Our 471-acre campus features a variety of outdoor learning spaces including:

  • 30-acre freshwater lake and three wildlife ponds
  • 200+ wooded acres
  • 100+ acres of agricultural fields
  • Diversity of wildlife and plant life

The Damascus Outdoor School provides holistic education, incorporates cognitive, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical developmental outcomes that lead to increased student engagement.

Through the beauty of the water, the trees, and the plains presented through standards-based curriculum, young people experience the majesty of God in the science of creation.

Through hands-on teachings and activities, young people learn critical life skills such as leadership, communication, determination, and teamwork

Through the joy-filled vibrancy of our staff and facilitates, young people encounter Jesus Christ and discover the joy of the Gospel

An Environment of Encounter

Damascus is the only outdoor school in Ohio that offers a unique Catholic perspective in our teaching and application. We incorporate the saints and scripture in also all of our courses. It is truly an environment of encounter where young people experience the powerful love and majesty of God through the beauty of science.

A world-class, standards-based outdoor curriculum.

Our trained staff offer courses developed within the State of Ohio Greater Course of Studies for Science Education.  All 8 of these courses are included in our standard retreat format:

  • Interpretive Hike & Forestry
  • Orienteering
  • Physics/Giant Swing
  • Aquatics (Stream and Pond Ecology)
  • Night Lesson
  • Geology/Rock Climbing
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Leave No Trace

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