School Year

Outdoor Education Center


About School Year Program-

Welcome to the Camp Crystal Lake School Year Program. For over 60 years students, teachers and parents from Alachua County have had the opportunity to learn in a “classroom without walls.”

It is our goal to create an experiential environment wherein students are able to develop an appreciation, knowledge and understanding of North Central Florida’s ecosystems. Students will also have the opportunity to experience community learning and team building.

Director & Staff-

We love our jobs! All of our teachers are certified and have previously taught in an Alachua County School. Each teacher also holds a CDL to drive the bus and is Lifeguard certified. Our dedicated teaching-staff also serve as camp liaisons for our weekend groups.


Four of the original buildings (built in 1942) remain part of our camp today. Although the use of the buildings has changed over the years, these relics remind us of our past. The “Rec” Hall has a stage, piano and a sound system for camp dances and rainy day activities. The arts building is where our arts-and-crafts, art on fire, drumming and guitar classes meet. The director’s house is where Scott, our director, his wife Holly and their children, Bryce & Brooke, live year round.

Our camp houses 10 modern cabins. There is a boys side of camp and a girls side, each with five cabins. Our fully air-conditioned dining hall seats 210 people and has a well-equipped kitchen. Pavilions dot the landscape at camp: these covered areas have picnic tables, ceiling fans and lights.

School Calendar

School Year Calender

August 30-September 2Oak Hall (8th grade)
September 13Lake Forest (2nd Grade)
September 14-16Lake Forest Elementary (5th grade)
September 20Littlewood Elementary (2nd Grade)
September 21-23Littlewood Elementary (5th Grade)
September 27Wiles Elementary (2nd Grade)
September 28-30Wiles Elementary (5th Grade)
October 4Newberry Elementary (2nd Grade)
October 10Norton Elementary (2nd Grade) MONDAY
October 11-13Norton Elementary (5th Grade) TUESDAY- THURSDAY
October 17Idylwild Elementary (2nd Grade) MONDAY
October 18-20Idylwild Elementary (5th Grade) TUESDAY-THURSDAY
October 25Hidden Oak Elementary (2nd Grade))
October 26-28Hidden Oak Elementary (5th Grade)
November 1Chiles Elementary (2nd Grade)
November 2-4Chiles Elementary (5th Grade)
November 7Meadowbrook Elementary (2nd Grade) MONDAY
November 8-10Meadowbrook Elementary (5th Grade) TUESDAY-THURSDAY
November 15High Springs Community (2nd Grade)
November 16-18High Springs Community School (5th Grade)
November 29Rawlings Elementary (2nd Grade)
November 30- December 2Rawlings Elementary (5th Grade)
December 6Talbot Elementary (2nd Grade)
December 7-9Talbot Elementary (5th Grade)
December 13Metcalfe Elementary (2nd Grade)
December 14-16Metcalfe Elementary (5th Grade)
Jan 4-6Oak View
January 10Williams Elementary (2nd)
January 11-13Williams Elementary (5th Grade)
January 24Terwilliger Elementary (2nd Grade)
January 25-27Terwilliger Elementary (5th Grade)
January 31JJ Finley Elementary (2nd Grade)
February 1-3JJ Finley Elementary (5th Grade)
February 8eSchool
February 9-10Eastside TOK
February 14Foster Elementary (2nd Grade)
February 15-17Foster Elementary (5th Grade)
February 21Archer Community School (2nd Grade)
February 22-24Archer Community School (5th Grade)
March 7Shell Elementary (2nd Grade)
March 8-10Shell Elementary (5th Grade)
March 14Irby Elementary (2nd Grade)
March 15-17Alachua Elementary (5th Grade)
April 19-21Oak Hall (6th Grade)
April 26-28Millhopper Montessori School
May 9Glen Springs Elementary (2nd Grade)
May 10-12Glen Springs Elementary (5th Grade)