Camp Joy Trip

The annual 6th grade trip

A field with trees on sidesStudents in gymStudent on suspension bridge

Camp Joy is a beautiful outdoor educational facility located on 317 acres of forest, wetlands, and fields an hour north in Clarksville, OH. The Polaris High Ropes course and Group Initiative course focus on inclusion, supportive teamwork, and goal setting, while the other two classes, Wetland Ecology and Night Hike, reinforce concepts in science class and get our kids wonderful outdoor experiences on the Joy campus.  We depart CCDS for Camp Joy on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:45 a.m.  We stay overnight and return to CCDS the next day, Thursday, April 18, at 2:00pm.

It is our intent that every sixth grader attends this trip.  The non-classroom interactions and overnight sleepover benefit the students’ social development and independence while fostering new friendships, and the outdoor education greatly enhances our academic curriculum and non-academic programs.  The cost for this trip is $165 per student.  Please return a check for $165 made out to CCDS (or pay online below) with your child’s Camp Joy Risk & Release form by Friday, April 6 to the Middle School office.  If the cost presents a financial hardship, please give Theresa Hirschauer a call (979-0226); some financial aid is available. 

Our trip to Camp Joy is not possible without the help of parent chaperones.  We need parents to chaperone activities during the day and sleep in the cabins with the children overnight.  Please contact me if you are interested in experiencing with us the fun of this trip! (979-0302 or


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