Washington DC Trip

Trip Description

During eighth grade, Dexter students study American History. As an activity to enrich the curriculum, students are offered the opportunity to attend Washington DC as an eighth grade class. We, along with our travel coordinator NationsClassroom, believe that Washington, DC is the ultimate classroom experience.
The students will enjoy experiencing our government first hand when they visit the U.S. Capitol Building, White House and Supreme Court. They will also be inspired by their trips to the Smithsonian museums such as the Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, African Art Museum, Natural History Museum and much more. The students will most certainly be awed by the various monuments and memorials including the Jefferson, Lincoln, Iwo Jima, Roosevelt, World War II, Korea, MLK, and Vietnam Memorials.
  • 2020 Trip Dates - April 27 - May 1

(Slideshow coming)

students visit the Vietnam Memorial wall


The 19-20 school year trip itinerary is in progress!
This year, we will be leaving very early (4-5 am) on Monday, April 27 and returning in the early morning hours of Friday, May 1.
The 2017 trip itineraries are below to give you an idea of how the trip looks for the students. Updated itineraries will be provided in the spring of 2020.

Classes and Evening Activities

Students will attend fourteen hours of classes during the week. The classes take place outdoors, and therefore do not require school books.  Camp classes may include: canoeing, horse sense, horseback riding, climbing the 35ft tower, low ropes course, Incredible Journey, and Taste of Nature. If you would like more information on the classes being offered, please contact Marianne Mutschler. The YMCA course book is available upon request.

Evening Activities
Students will also participate in 4 evening activities while at camp.  A brief description of each activity can be found below. If you would like more information regarding the evening programs, please contact Marianne Mutschler at mccamp@dexterschools.org to set up a time to meet.

Scavenger Hunt
Students will have 1 hour to solve up to 14 clues that will take them all over camp grounds.  The students will solve the clues as a cabin group and will travel to the different locations as a group.  At each location there is a small item the group will need to pick up to show they correctly solved the clue.  The goal of this activity is for the students to learn their way around camp.

  • Zingers: Students are divided into several small groups and rotate through stations. Each station has a high-energy task or relay, which promotes cooperation and teamwork.  
  • Camp Fire: Students will gather around to watch skits, sing songs and tell stories with the YMCA staff.
Campfire/Predator Prey
Students will be split into two groups during this time to experience Predator Prey and the zingers/campfire in a smaller group setting. Predator Prey is the ultimate hide and seek game where students not only learn about food chains, they also get to experience it!
Square Dance
There is no end to the enthusiasm for this popular all-evening activity. After watching adults demonstrate the Virginia Reel, students are quickly captured by the spirit of the fun. Students dance to traditional and historical folk music, which is often played by Storer Camp's own live band!

Important Dates

DC Chaperone Info Meeting

Date: Thursday - April 09, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: MC Media Center

DC Parent/Chaperone Meeting

Date: Wednesday - April 15, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Mill Creek Middle School