Mountain Workshop will design and facilitate a class trip and retreat to meet your school’s desired goals and expectations. But we do more than offer activities like challenge courses, team building and adventure recreation. We weave in leadership skills and values provoking personal growth from student to leader in just a few days.

Retreat days are packed full of group initiatives, organized “free-time”, activity debriefing and exciting evening challenges. Our instructors facilitate all programming, meals, and activity transitions. The program elements give students and teachers ample opportunities to enhance the school culture and climate through improving and building quality relationships.

Together, we will plan menus for the trip to make sure students eat nutritious and healthy meals. Mountain Workshop can accommodate most dietary considerations and food allergies.

There are a lot of elements that go into planning a class trip or retreat away from school. We are here to help guide and assist you through the process. Let us know if we can answer any questions or concerns.

Activity Types

Large Group Games

Each activity and initiative is de- signed to present a challenge with a solution that is not immediately obvious. Participants are asked to organize their group, discuss ideas and potential strategies and then execute them as a team. All activities will be age appropriate and incorporate fun!

Team Initiatives

Groups will be exposed to a series of team challenges. The groups must work together utilizing skills such as group leadership, communication and trust to achieve the tasks at hand. Each activity is followed with a debriefing about how well the group worked together and where they can improve.

Build & Final Challenge

Teams will be supplied with materials to design, build, test and name a vessel/vehicle to be used in a race. Students create a brief marketing presentation about the features of their vessel. Teams are awarded for their imagination, teamwork, and final challenge results.

Team Canoeing

Voyager Canoe Clinic and Team Paddle: Participants will spend the first 15-20 minutes receiving an introduction to canoeing with a focus on learning the parts of the canoe and paddles and on-water safety. Groups of around 10 then don personal flotation devices and head out on the water in our 26ft voyageur canoes. Once on the water the groups will work together and use their newly learned paddling skills!

High Ropes Challenge Course

High ropes challenge course pushes participants outside of their comfort zones and set the stage for discussions about practical risk taking, courage, humility and self control. Using safety equipment like; harnesses, helmets, cables, ropes, students traverse wooden beams and cables strung 20 to 30 feet high among trees!

Low Challenge Course

Students will navigate in groups of 10-15 through low challenge course elements. Each element summons students to work together to not only complete the challenges but keep each other safe. The groups utilize leadership skills and values including; presenting, creativity, empathy and optimism.

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Class Trips & Retreats Quick Facts

Great for:

  • Newly Formed Groups
  • Tone/Goal Setting
  • Student Bonding
  • Building Quality Relationships
  • Improving School Climate/Culture
  • End of Year Celebration
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Collaboration

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increasing Resiliency
  • Empathy and Tolerance
  • School Spirit
  • Improving Communication
  • Personal Growth
  • Peer Respect
  • Leadership Skills/Values


  • Multi-Day
  • Overnight
  • Multi-night

Program Location Options:

  • School Preferred Venue
  • MW Preferred Venue
  • Destination Location: Utah, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania (examples)

Accommodation Options:

  • Camping
  • Lodges
  • Cabins