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 2017-2018

September 12

Lake Forest (2nd)

September 13-15

Lake Forest (5th)

September 19

Littlewood (2nd)

September 20-22

Littlewood (5th)

September 26

Wiles (2nd)

September 27-29

Wiles (5th)

October 2 Monday

Rawlings (2nd)

October 3-5

Rawlings (5th)

October 10

Idylwild (2nd)

October 11-13

Idylwild (5th)

October 16

Norton (2nd)

October 17-19

Norton (5th) Tuesday-Thursday

October 24

Chiles (2nd)

October 25-27

Chiles (5th)

October 30 Monday

Hidden Oak (2nd)

November 1-3

Hidden Oak (5th)

November 6 Monday

Foster (2nd)

November 7-9

Foster (5th) Tuesday-Thursday

November 14

High Springs (2nd)

November 15-17

High Springs (5th)

November 28

Talbot (2nd)

November 29- December 1

Talbot (5th)

December 5

Metcalfe (2nd)

December 6-8

Metcalfe (5th)

December 12

Meadowbrook (2nd)

December 13-15

Meadowbrook (5th)

January 9

Newberry (2nd)

January 10-12

Oak View (5th)

January 23

Williams (2nd)

January 24-26

Williams (5th)

January 30

Terwilliger (2nd)

January 31 - February 2

Terwilliger (5th)

February 13

JJ Finley (2nd)

February 14-16

JJ Finley (5th)

March 6

Archer (2nd)

March 7-9

Archer (5th)

March 13

Irby (2nd)

March 14-16

Alachua (5th)

March 20

Shell (2nd)

March 21-23

Shell (5th)

May 15

Glen Springs (2nd)

May 16-18

Glen Springs (5th)