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Outdoor Education Mission & Philosophy

The Takodah YMCA’s Educational Programs empower youth to connect to a wider community and to develop the skills needed for successful living. We strive to create community and relationships that develop a sense of belonging, achievement, and autonomy.

“An environment-based education movement—at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.”

Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

We partner with teachers and groups leaders to enhance the classroom experience by offering hands-on outdoor education programs. Serving over 2000 students a year, our dynamic outdoor educators lead students of all ages in valuable life-long learning through instruction focusing on 21st century learning skills. Every program is tailored to suit your group’s needs and goals.

Program Impact

Belonging and Relationships

Learn how to work together through a progression of activities including icebreakers, low & high ropes challenges, and recreation activities that focus on collaboration, effective communication, critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills.


Students who struggle to find their place in the classroom find success and sense of community at the Takodah Y. Everyone learns to value differences and celebrate successes. Students experience the joy a getting to the top of the rock-wall, reaching the peak of Mt. Monadnock, or boating on Cass Pond.


Participants make decisions by themselves without the help of their parents. They learn to live with others, settle small problems and become more self-sufficient as they try new things. It’s no wonder that parents say their kids come home “different” after their time at Takodah.

He’s come back to us a much more confident young man. Saying things like “I’ll try that” and “I can do it mom!” Eli’s experience at Takodah YMCA just for these short three days was more than we ever could have imagined. We couldn’t have dreamt of a better first experience for him and know that this is the first step for him to attend your summer camp one day

Parent of 6th grade student, Keene, NH