Frequently Asked Questions.  

Families FAQ

If your question is not answered below, please contact us at (603) 539-4997.

What will my child be doing on the field trip?
We work with each school to design a program that best fits the needs and outcomes of the group. Each program is rooted in the following components: science lessons, team building, evening programs, and meals and transitions. Every day is packed with experiential learning and collaboration presented in a fun, student-centered environment. Visit the Programs section of our website for more information on our lessons and to view sample schedules. 

Where is Cody Outdoor Classroom located?
Cody Outdoor Classroom is housed at Camp Cody in Freedom, NH. Cody is located on the southeastern edge of the White Mountains where New England’s natural beauty is seen at its best, set amongst rolling hills, wonderfully inspiring forests, breathtaking mountains, and crystal clear lakes. Cody is located 2 hours from Boston and 1.5 hours from Concord, NH.  

Where will my child be sleeping?
Cody offers comfortable, clean facilities. All cabins have bunk beds, electricity, heat, fully-equipped bathrooms, and ample cubby space for belongings. Cabin capacities vary and we work with each school to provide cabins that will accommodate the size of the group.   

Where are meals served and what type of food is served?
We serve three meals daily and offer snacks throughout the day. Meals are served family style and supervised by our kitchen and dining staff. Breakfasts may include pancakes, waffles, sausage, and eggs. Lunches may include: cheeseburgers and fries, hot dogs, Mexican dishes, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Dinners may include: bbq and grilled chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and roast turkey. Additional sides are also available, including cereal and milk (breakfast) and fresh fruit and a salad bar (lunch and dinner). There is plenty to choose from at each meal!

What if my child has a food allergy or dietary need?
We cater to a number of dietary needs. Our facility is nut free and also accommodates gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, shellfish, egg and lactose allergies, intolerances and restrictions, as well as vegetarian and vegan diets. We know firsthand the stress parents can experience when planning for the dietary needs of their children and we are here to help. Please indicate any dietary needs in the Cody Family Packet and feel free to contact us so we can create a safe dining experience for your child.  

Who is supervising my child?
All children are supervised 24/7. During day and evening programming, the Cody instructors provide primary supervision and are supported by teachers and chaperones. During transition periods and overnight, the school teachers and parent chaperones provide supervision. 

What qualifications do the Cody instructors have?
Cody staff members are college graduates from all over the United States. Some instructors have science backgrounds, while others have experience working with children. The diversity of our backgrounds and shared enthusiasm for educating youth outdoors are assets that contribute to the success of our program. All instructors are certified in First Aid and CPR.

How much does the trip cost and who do I pay?
The school teachers will be reaching out to families regarding the cost of the trip and how and when to make payments. Please contact your teachers with any questions.

What if my child takes medications?
All medications will be distributed by a qualified staff member. Children are not permitted to keep medications on their person (EpiPens and inhalers are the ONLY exceptions to this). This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications (Tylenol or cough drops). All medications need to be sent in the original bottle / packaging with the doctor’s name, dosage, and usage instructions on the bottle / packaging, if applicable. Please place the bottle / package in a clear ziplock bag with your child’s name and instructions for administration on it. School teachers will collect medications prior to departure, so please do not pack medications in your child’s bag.  

What if my child has restrictions that may limit participation?
Every child’s needs are different. If you have a concern regarding participation, please contact us so we can determine the best way to accommodate your child to ensure he/she has a safe experience.  

What if my child gets sick?
If you child has a fever or becomes ill, we will contact you immediately and ensure your child gets the care they need. Please note if your child is too sick to participate or may be contagious, we require you make arrangements to pick them up. If they need to be seen by a doctor, the child’s insurance will be used for the visit.  

Can I contact my child?
Students are not permitted to have cell phones at Cody. This is to encourage them to enjoy life “unplugged” -- to live in the moment and appreciate their surroundings. If there are any concerns during your child’s stay, we will contact you immediately. If you need to reach us, please call the phone number listed in the Cody Family Packet. When preparing your child to be away from home, we encourage you to be positive! Let them know homesickness is normal, but focus on raising excitement about the memorable experiences they will have.