2017 6th grade Outdoor Education Information

If you have specific questions or concerns about this information, please contact:

Outdoor Ed Coordinators

Miss Jen Hamilton hamilton_jen@dublinschools.net  (614.760.6418)

Mrs. Michaele Bishop bishop_michaele@dublinschools.net  (614.760.6266)

Team Leaders

6-1 Mr. Christian Miller  miller_christian@dublinschools.net

6-2 Mrs. Michaele Bishop bishop_michaele@dublinschools.net

What is Outdoor Education (Camp)?

Outdoor Education, often referred to as “camp,” is a 3-day, 2-night experience at Heartland Outdoor School. Students learn through hands-on activities, field hikes, classes, and labs using the natural environment as their classroom.

Who Participates in Camp?

  • Karrer 6th grade students and teachers

  • Exceptional Dublin high school students who serve as cabin leaders

  • Heartland Outdoor Ed staff

Where is Camp?

Heartland Outdoor School 3201 County Road 225 Marengo, OH 43334 Phone: 740.747.0220.

When is Camp?

Wednesday, October 4 - Friday, October 6, 2017

How Much is Camp?

A $144 check made payable to Karrer Middle School covers all activities, meals, supplies and transportation. There is a limited amount of financial assistance available for students in need. Please contact principal Mark Mousa for assistance. Donations are appreciated.

About Heartland Outdoor Ed Staff

Heartland Outdoor Ed staff is comprised of professional outdoor educators with degrees ranging from Education to Wildlife Biology. All are certified in CPR and First Aid and have undergone an FBI background check. Additionally, there is a health officer onsite full-time to administer medications and handle health concerns.

Complete All Attached Forms

All forms must be completed, signed, and in some cases, NOTARIZED, before your child can attend. DO NOT sign the forms that need to be notarized until you are at the notary. Notary services are typically available at your bank, post office, or local government agency.


on Wednesday, August 30 or Thursday, August 31

  • $144 check made payable to Karrer Middle School with your child’s name in the memo field

  • NOTARIZED: 2340 c F1 - Dublin City Schools District Sponsored Overnight Trips Medical Permission Form

  • NOTARIZED: 2340 c F3 - Dublin City Schools Responsibility Contract for Overnight Trips

  • 2340 F2 - Dublin City Schools Parental Consent

  • Heartland Medical Form

Packing for Outdoor Education

Please carefully read over the packing list and help your child prepare. Please note: students are NOT permitted to bring cell phones. Teachers or Heartland staff will call home in the event of an emergency or illness. Students should use a duffel bag and/or small suitcase to pack their gear. We recommend one bag for clothing and another for sleeping bag/gear. Students must be able to carry their own bag(s), as they will carry it to their cabin upon arrival. Please clearly label all bags with your child’s name and team.

Medications and Dietary Needs

Medical forms must include ALL MEDICATIONS your child will need to take. Dublin’s Overnight Medical Permission form requires a doctor’s signature for ALL medications sent to camp. If your child already receives medication at school, Dublin’s Overnight Medical Permission form must be completed and signed, and a new or duplicate bottle sent in for this medication to be taken.

All medication must be sent in the original container in which it was dispensed. Please make sure the dosage(s) and time(s) the medication is to be given is clearly marked on the container and medical forms. Please only send enough medication needed for the time away at camp. Medication must be in the original container, put in a Ziploc bag labeled with student’s name, and handed to the team leader the morning of departure. DO NOT PACK MEDICATION! Due to Heartland policies, no student may self-carry medication although the Dublin medical form states students may self-carry non-prescription medication. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE GIVEN TO TEAM LEADERS! Heartland has typical over-the-counter medicine, such as pain relievers, in stock so that you do not have to send those.

Email Mrs. Bishop by August 31

of any special needs, dietary restrictions (vegetarian and/or allergies), or physical restrictions your child might have so that the Heartland staff can be notified and prepared.

The Morning of Camp

Students are encouraged to come after the regular start of the school day but must be at school no later than 8:45 am.


  • Discuss with your child how they will be getting home following their return to KMS on Friday.

    • Provide a note if your child is being picked up by another parent or walking home

  • Place all medication(if any) in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s first and last name.

  • Bring your child to school the day of departure, as buses cannot accommodate the gear (unless prior arrangements have been made with the bus driver).

  • Do not pull into the bus lane until 8:30.


  • Place your gear at the appropriately marked location at school. READ THE SIGNS!

  • Give your Ziploc bag of medication (if any) to your team leader.

  • If you have a note about going home with another parent or walking home, hand it to your team leader.

During Camp

  • Send your child a one-way email to let them know you’re thinking about them at http://heartlandoe.com/email-a-camper/ (Emails will be delivered at dinner ONLY and must be sent by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday and/or Thursday. No emails will be delivered on Friday.)

The Afternoon of Return

  • Arrive at Karrer by 1:45 pm for pickup.

  • Park in the lot and wait at the flagpole.

  • Once buses have arrived, are unpacked by the students, and have departed, we will ask parents to cross the driveway to sign out their child.

  • If you sent medication, please claim it from your child’s Team Leader before leaving.



Packing Tips

  • All classes are held outdoors rain or shine!

  • Bring OLD clothes and shoes. We will get muddy!

  • Limit your belongings to one duffel bag or small suitcase and one bag for bedding and label each with your name and team.

Required Items

  • Trash bag in which to place dirty/wet clothing

  • Poncho or Rain gear

  • 2 pairs of old shoes or 1 pair of old shoes and 1 pair of waterproof boots

  • Refillable water bottle

  • Daily change of socks and underwear

  • Weather-appropriate shirts; layering works well

  • 1 or 2 sweatshirts or fleece and/or jacket (weather-appropriate)

  • 2-3 pairs of pants or shorts (weather permitting)

  • Bath towel and washcloth

  • Pajamas

  • Toiletries

  • Sleeping Bag (or sheets and a blanket) and pillow

Optional Items

  • Camera (disposable preferred)

  • Deck of cards, journal, silent reading book, etc.

  • Sandals- shower use only!

  • Hat

  • Daypack/drawstring bag to carry water bottle, jacket, etc.

  • Sunscreen

Leave at Home

  • Cell Phones

  • Knives/Weapons

  • Food, gum, and candy

  • Money

  • Firearms/fireworks/matches

  • iPod/Mp3 player/radio/electronic video games, flashlights

  • Hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons


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