OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER

Leaders In Action at the OEC

By Deidra Goodwin At the Outdoor Education Center, we speak challenge. Sometimes the ways we encourage our Leaders in Action students to challenge themselves is in action, other times it is in thought. This academic year we have been taking both those approaches, true to…

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Leaders In Action Students Garden at the OEC

This past weekend, twenty two Leaders In Action students from Charles Town and Harpers Ferry Middle Schools visited the Outdoor Education Center (OEC) to focus on gardening. This was the first time some of our students have explored the OEC, as they are new to our Leaders…

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Middle School Pen Pals

For the third year in a row, FLOC Scholars in Washington have been pen pals this semesterhello with FLOC Leaders in Action students in West Virginia. These middle schoolers live less than two hours away from one another, but those 70 miles represent a significant difference between the urban environment of DC and the rural environment of Jefferson County.

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Happy and Healthy New Year!

Niya is a sixth grader, who participates in both the Neighborhood Tutoring and Scholars programs here at FLOC. Niya’s favorite subjects in school are math and science, because of their real life applications.

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Empowerment and Health

Students today are faced with many decisions in their life. FLOC aims to help students understand that they constantly have many choices, even when it comes to their health and the health of their community.

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Sparking Success in 2014: A Look Back at a Wonderful Year

As we enter the last month of the year, let’s take a look back at all we’ve achieved together in 2014.  Today, FLOC joins the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates in telling stories of our students’ successes.  Some highlights of the year:

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Freedom’s Run & Volunteerism

Some of you may not know that not only does FLOC have youth afterschool programming in DC, but also in Jefferson County, WV, located just across the Virginia line at the southern tip of the eastern panhandle. FLOC’s Outdoor Education Center staff facilitate a variety of outdoor and team-building programs as well as host the DC and WV youth during their FLOC summer camps.

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Welcome, new summer OEC counselors!

Every June, we at FLOC’s Outdoor Education Center welcome our new summer staff of counselors. It’s an exciting and challenging time for all of us as they are run through an intensive training schedule 2 and a half weeks long that prepares them for co-facilitating our FLOC kids camps.

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Civic Engagement and the Power of UNO

For Leaders in Action, the month of December was our Civic Engagement Unit. Not really a time for the typical lesson plans, but an opportunity for our students to focus on their own community and discover what kind of impact they can really make.

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Throwback Thursday: November’s Wee Warrior Dash in West Virginia

It was a cold (but not too windy) Saturday morning in November. About 200 kids and adults gathered at the Sam Michaels Park in Jefferson County for the Wee Warrior Dash. Some of the staff here at FLOC’s Outdoor Education Center voluntarily help to organize and put on the free event for kids…

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