Outdoor Programs


The mission of McCallie's Outdoor Education Program is to offer adventure -based outdoor opportunities that emphasize fun and safety. These activities help students and faculty develop camaraderie, self sufficiency and resiliency, a stewardship ethic, leadership, confidence and respect for the natural world and our place in it.

McCallie's outdoor program offers opportunities for students to learn about different outdoor activities. The program focuses on creating a fun learning environment that encourages skill development, student leadership, communication, personal responsibility and positive interactions between students and adults.

There are three facets to the program: weekend trips, afternoon activities and extended expeditions.

  • Weekend trips are frequently offered to the whole student body. They allow the students to choose from a wide range of different activities.
  • The Outdoor Program offers afternoon activities in Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Hiking and Ultimate Frisbee.
  • McCallie offers Extended Expeditions within the United State and Internationally. These trips often combine the challenges of various outdoor activities with language and cultural barriers.  Click on the Expeditionary Learning link to the left to see more information on these trips.

Weekend Offerings

Regular weekly activities:
Tuesday Evening Climbing Gym 9:15 to 10:30pm
Friday Afternoons in the Climbing Gym 3 to 5pm

If you want to propose a trip or don't see an activity you would like to do listed, contact Jake Altemus directly! We can make it happen.

Scheduled trips for the Fall of 2016 (events added frequently)

McCSat is a program that engages 9th and 10th grade students in a variety of Saturday activities.  There are McCSat trips offered by the outdoor program most Saturdays.  These trips are available to all Upper School Students. Please sign up within two weeks of the trip date.  Click Here for McCSat Schedule

August 22nd Creek Hike to Big Soddy Creek: Explore the deep blueholes of the Big Soddy Creek. Trip will include lunch.

August 29th Hike/Creek Hike:
We will travel explore a section of the Cumberland Trail or Little River Canyon. Both are AWESOME!!!. Lunch included.  

Sept 11th Paddleboarding and Breakfast Everything it sounds like and a bit more. The only prerequisite is decent balance and an appetite. 

Sept 16-18th Fall Backpacking/Camping Trip: A relaxing weekend in the woods, traveling with just the items we need to be comfortable. What could be better?

Oct 1st Tennessee River Rescue: For the 6th year in a row, we will help clean the canoe trail through Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge. Come out for a fun day that helps improve the water quality in our community.

Oct 15th Beginner Mountain Bike Trip: Come out for a trail ride on a local trail. We will spend a portion of the day building basic skills so we can have a safe and fun time on the bike.

Oct 16th Advanced Mountain Bike Trip:
Have more advanced skills? Come out for a ride. Trip will cover longer distances and greater elevation changes. Should be fun.

Depending on timing and interest we will hopefully offer a pre-season climbing trip and a fall whitewater trip. Keep an eye out for those emails. 

Please sign up with Jake Altemus in the Outdoor Program office or call (423) 493-5659.

List of 1 members.

  • Jake Altemus 

    Director of Outdoor Programs; History Teacher; Head Climbing Coach

McCallie School

McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School.
McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body. 

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