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SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS AT REFRESHING MOUNTAIN

“The event was beyond my expectations. The team building activities were clear, effective, and professional.”

Are you looking for a fun and educational school field trip option? Bring your students to the OUTDOOR CLASSROOM at Refreshing Mountain, where they can experience hands-on outdoor education in a beautiful, natural setting. Nestled in 80 acres of PA woodland, we have options that cater to Earth Sciences, Peer-to-Peer development, and Adventure Education. Our programs are designed for group sizes of 9-20 persons per “class”, guided by professional staff, and developed by professional educators. Choose from one of our half day or full day packages, or customize an event to meet your needs.


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WHAT WE OFFER

Hands On Experiences
Peer Development
Outdoor Adventure

We offer a variety of interactive, hands on experiences facilitated by trained staff that love working with children.  Our team building programs and field game activities provide the perfect environment to learn group dynamics.  We provide outdoor adventures that challenge your students in a safe and fun environment.


School Field Trip Package Options

Nature Education Package #1
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Half Day Event: Choose Any 2$175 per Group of 9-20*
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Full Day Event: Choose Any 4$260 per Group of 9-20*
Adventure Education Package #2
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Half Day Event: Choose Any 2$275 per Group of 9-20*

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Full Day Event: Choose Any 4$380 per Group of 9-20*
Custom Field Trip Event Options
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The above items can be added and/or exchanged into packages, but pricing and availability vary, so please call for pricing or include these items in the comments of your event inquiry

Field Trip Group Pricing

*Pricing based on groups of 9-20 persons.  Additional discounts are available for larger groups.  Use our Day Event Rates Tool to estimate your event and submit an inquiry.

New for 2017

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FLYING V Ziplines
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Half Day Event

Sample Schedule

(Number of groups may vary)

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Note: Times vary upon availability. Group sizes affect activities and time spent on site. All schedules are customizable.

Full Day Event

Sample Schedule

(Number of groups may vary)

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Adventure Recreation

2 Ziplines – Flying V RUN

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5 Ziplines – Challenge Adventure RUN (20+ People)

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High Ropes

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Giant Ladder

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Giant Swing

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Pedal Carts

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Wobbly Log

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GPS Nature Hunt

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Archery

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Orienteering

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Sling Shots

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Climbing Tower (Outdoor)

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Climbing Wall (Indoor)

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Paintball Target Shooting Course

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Teamwork

Field Games (Elementary)

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Teambuilding (Grades 6+)

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Corporate Teambuilding

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Physical Challenge Course

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Nature Programs

Nature Science Programs

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Team Scavenger Hunt

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Farm Animal Experience

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Horseback Rides (Large Group)

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Miscellaneous

Campfires

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Pool Party

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Activities Pricing- Day Event

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SCHOOL FIELD TRIP FAQ's

Our activities incorporate experiential learning techniques which coincide with many of the PA State Academic Standards ranging from Physical Education to Science.

Physical Education Standards– Our Physical Challenge Course, Climbing Tower, High Ropes, Teambuilding, GPS Nature hunt, Pedal Carts, Giant Swing, and Archery would address Section 10.4 and 10.5.

Science Education Standards– Our Nature Programs and Equestrian studies would address Section 3.1 and 3.3.

Contact our sales team to work out the specific date you want and to plan an itinerary.  They will email you a written quote/contract to review after that discussion.  For events costing under $500, the entire amount is due at the time of reservation.  This can be paid by check or over the phone by credit card.

For events totaling over $1,000.00, the deposit will be $500 or 25% of the total (whichever is greater).  Final payment will be due on the day of the event.

Yes, there is no cost for parking and we have ample space for busses as well as passenger vehicles.

If you are here over a meal time, you are welcome to pack your own food and use one of our pavilions and/or the numerous picnic tables we have around the property (subject to availability.  Large groups can reserve a pavilion at no extra cost).

Groups of 20 or more can also order buffet meals or banquets from our onsite Dining Hall (advance reservations required).

During our peak season, our camp store has sandwich and snack options available to purchase.  Click here to see our store hours or you can talk to our sales team about having the store open at a custom time if you have a large group.

If you cancel your event at least 2 weeks before arrival, a cancel fee of 25% will be charged to your account.  Any funds that you may have paid in excess of 25% will be refunded.

Cancelation between 3-13 days before arrival will result in a cancel fee of 50% of the total costs.  Any funds you may have paid in excess of 50% will be refunded.

Cancelation within 3 days of arrival will result in billing for 100% of the total costs. (certain weather conditions provide for exceptions to this policy.  See additional FAQs for details).

We do NOT schedule rain dates during the initial booking process (we presume the weather will be perfect when you are here) but in the event of bad weather, we will work with you to find another date to schedule, and/or we will issue a refund of your deposit if no alternate dates are available.

There are many safety aspects that Refreshing Mountain monitors when running adventure activities.  Certain activities must be canceled for high wind, thunder, lightning, or other extreme weather conditions.  Other activities can be run indoors in our meeting rooms, gyms, pavilions, etc.  The details of cancellation will depend a bit on which elements you have included in your event, but if Refreshing Mountain cancels any part of your event for a safety-related reason, you will receive a FULL REFUND of the canceled portion of your event.

Every event that we host functions like a “guided tour”, with a specific start and end time.  If you arrive late, you will miss the first part of the tour and there will not be refunds issued in this situation.  Additionally, we may not be able to extend your time of departure (i.e. we will likely have other tours starting as you are ending), So, for the best experience, it is recommended that you arrive at least 15-20 minutes before your scheduled start time. This will allow the students to sign in, use the bathrooms, etc. and be ready to go promptly at your start time.

Yes, our activities are designed to include a broad range of physical and mental abilities.  We don’t want to exclude anyone.  At the same time, there are aspects of our topography and certain safety requirements of some of our elements that can pose a challenge to guests with limited mobility and/or over 250 lbs.  We do have options that can be explored for special accommodation and we welcome a conversation about any particular needs your guests may have.  Please give us a call at 717-738-1490.

Day events should generally be booked at least 6-8 weeks in advance.  Please note that for summer bookings and/or weekend bookings, there are times where we do not know our availability until about 8 weeks ahead of time.  Even so, it is a good idea to contact us well ahead of time, so that, at a minimum, we can place you on a wait list to be notified if/when space becomes available for your group.

Yes, we have a store with snacks, a lite lunch menu, and souvenirs.  During the summer, the store is typically open 11AM to 7PM.  During the Spring and Fall, the hours are a bit more sporadic, but if you would like your students to have access to it during your event, please let our sales team know that when you are booking your event, and we are happy to accommodate.

The chaperone:student ratio varies according to the ages of the students and also the types of elements you are doing, but in general, these are the ratios for your event

K-3rd Grade:  1:3 recommended,  (1:5 is the minimum)

4th-6th Grade:  1:8 recommended, (1:10 is the minimum)

7th Grade +:  1 adult per 15-20 students (minimum)

RMC Staff will be responsible for all of the teaching, training, facilitation, and safety aspects of your event.  The chaperone’s role is to help maintain order and to keep students from being disruptive/distracting, so that everyone can have a wonderful experience.  If disciplinary action is warranted during the course of the event, the chaperones are tasked with identifying and addressing those situations.

Yes, every participant must sign a Release Form.  If the participant is under age 18, a parent/guardian MUST sign the form.  Therefore, for school groups it is necessary to process the Release Forms prior to the event.  The group organizer is responsible to collect the signed Release Forms and bring them along on the day of the event.

Signed Release Forms must be received in our office before we will begin your event.

Children in these grades are a bit small to do some of the ziplining, and may not be mentally ready for some of the skills required for Geocaching, Teambuilding, etc. Nevertheless, the following elements can be specifically adapted to be age appropriate for K-3: Climbing Tower, Giant Swing, Field Games, Archery, Sling Shots, Scavenger Hunt, Nature Programs, Pony Rides, Pool Use. Our sales team can talk with you more about these options and help you pick elements that will work for your age group.

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Storm Repair Update

Refreshing Mountain Storm Repair Update

March 21 (9:20 AM):

Happy Spring! We sure are feeling it up here, with the warm temperatures and renewed life all around.

  • Activities Status:
    • As of Monday our Challenge Adventure Zipline passed all necessary inspections and tests and is officially back up and running! Thanks to Treetop Quest and our crew, these ziplines are back to their prime condition- just under 4 weeks after they were damaged.
    • We anticipate the Aerial Excursion Zipline to be available come March 31. Stay posted!

To check our Zipline Tour availability and make a reservation, click here!

March 16 (4:40 PM):

Despite the 17 inches of fresh powder, we are working on our ziplines and giant swing.

  • Activities Status: Today they were able to reset guide cables on our Giant Swing. We are performing the necessary inspections, tests, and expect to have this activity open by early next week.

March 10 (8:00 AM):

We received three inches of snow and expect another few inches in the upcoming week but that's not stopping our crew!

  • Activities Status: New poles arrived and our crews are hard at work setting anchors for the guidelines that stabilize the zipline poles on the closed courses. We are ahead of schedule!
  • Zipline Bookings: Speaking of schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!

March 7 (10:40 AM):

The rain has slowed and crews are hard at work.

  • Activities Status: Our zipline builder and inspector gave the go ahead to open our Flying V and High Ropes course! Schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!
  • Forest Recovery: The past week we have been trimming branches from downed trees and prepping them for loggers to come in and remove. At this point conservative estimates are 50-60 trees have been recovered and more to address as we get past the initial border of our forest lines.

March 6 (12:00 PM):

This past weekend we hosted 200+ people with our overnight retreats. The weather was cold, but we accomplished more work and are excited about the progress.

  • Facility status: Thanks to Meadow Valley Electric (MVE) Group our solar panels have been inspected and repaired and are up and running.
  • Activities status: Today we have an inspector from our zipline builder, Climbworks, here to inspect and evaluate our ziplines. We should have a projection of when our zipline tours will reopen in the next few days.

We expect more great news, stay posted!

March 1 (4:00 PM):

The rain impeded us from completing some of our outdoor projects today, but none the less much was accomplished.

  • Parking status: Cleared all parking areas of downed trees and limbs.
  • Activity status: We restored our sling shot and archery areas and ensured the nature center critters and farm animals will be ready this weekend. In addition the climbing tower and climbing wall will be fully operational as well!

Feb 28 (4:00PM):

  • Communication status: Minutes ago our communication lines were restored. Email and phone lines are now operational. We can now begin returning your calls!
  • Building status: All damaged roofs have been weatherproofed and are scheduled for permanent repair.
  • Activity status: We will have pedal carts and teambuilding in full operation this weekend, with more to come!

Our staff along with contractors have been working tirelessly campus wide to clear debris and begin repairs. We are extremely grateful for our neighbors who have given their time and energy. We are extremely thankful for how God continues to provide. We look forward to the days to come and our retreats this weekend!

Feb 27 (4:00 PM):

Around 3:30 on Saturday February 25th, a major wind storm hit Northern Lancaster County and significantly impacted Refreshing Mountain. We sustained damage to several buildings as well as our Ziplines / adventure activities. Nevertheless, we are so thankful to God that no one was hurt during the storm. Also, we are grateful that so many people in the community are helping with cleanup and repair. Our Retreat Center ( lodging, meals, Recreation) is still open and ready to host the many groups scheduled over the next few weeks. But our Ziplines and other adventure activities are temporarily closed as we inspect, assess, and repair. We hope to have everything back up and running within the next few weeks.

Click here to read our press release regarding the storm and repair efforts

Check out our Facebook feeds for regular updates.