he Linsly Outdoor Center is located in Raccoon Creek State Park, Hookstown, PA. The Center has been developed for the implementation of Adventure, Environmental, and Outdoor Skills Education.
The 30 acre campus includes two dormitories, a dining room, administrative building, the LOC Nature Center, and a twenty element Challenge Ropes Course. Recreationally, there are outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, fields for softball and soccer, and two lakes available for use at the park.
Linsly students participate in at least one five-day program during the school year. These programs are at once intensely educational, and a tremendous amount of fun! Students will also be eligible to participate in many of the special activities, trips, and leadership opportunities available throughout the year. These trips include activities such as rock climbing, white water rafting, camping, backpacking, skiing, and ecology field walks. Even Linsly seniors take advantage of the LOC program. In their final week of school, the seniors enjoy a white water rafting trip together.The Low Ropes Course
Our low ropes course offers eight elements requiring a high level of teamwork. The low ropes do not involve climbing, but focus on trust, mutual support, overcoming fears, developing self-confidence, and group problem-solving skills. Low ropes builds on the skills learned in Field Initiatives and is a prerequisite to use of the high ropes course. A day of low ropes and field initiatives makes an excellent introductory program for any group’s team building effort.The High Ropes Course
Our eight element high ropes course is a series of cables, platforms, ropes, and tires suspended thirty feet above the ground. Participants are safely attached to a climbing rope at all times. The high ropes offer the maximum perceived risk with low actual risk (i.e. a safe way to challenge yourself).
We emphasize personal confidence development, commitment, and positive risk-taking. Our philosophy is Challenge by Choice. Individuals are expected to participate to the point where they feel personally challenged. This is not a "survival of the fittest" obstacle course, but a place for your group to discover its potential and delight in the feeling of personal accomplishment.
Participation in our field initiatives and/or low ropes team building program is a prerequisite for the high ropes.
Orienteering (map and compass)
This program teaches the use of the topographic map and compass to navigate through the wilderness. Working in small teams to find your way through our orienteering course, you quickly learn about teamwork and how well you listen to instructions. Our course meets the requirements for the Pennsylvania Girl Scout orienteering merit badge.Rock Climbing and Rappelling, Caving, and Backpacking
We provide equipment, instruction, and a variety of destinations for these activities. It's a great way to try something new with your group. Whether you are climbing forty feet up a rock wall or exploring underground, our staff will safely guide you through these unique experiences.