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Building Character and Awareness

After participating in a year-round program, FLOC students are invited to participate in a 10-day residential summer session at the OEC. There, students learn about the environment and themselves, building skills and self-awareness through challenge programming, including ropes courses, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking at the 350-acre facility.

Another key focus is FLOC’s partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools. During the year, the OEC offers an after-school program at both Harpers Ferry Middle School and Charles Town Middle School (called Leaders in Action) that is focused on leadership development, environmental education, and civic engagement. The lessons are reinforced by hands-on activities, local field trips, and volunteer opportunities.

Beyond working with students, the OEC staff offers customized workshops and retreats for community groups, churches, schools, families, professional organizations, and businesses. There are overnight facilities, miles of trails, beautiful scenery, and activities for all skill levels.

The Outdoor Education Center has challenged and inspired thousands of adults and youth since 1971.