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.

Outdoor Programs

In the outdoors, boys learn independence and get outside their comfort zones.

Boys in Canoe

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 States and internationally. These trips often combine the challenges of various outdoor activities with language and cultural barriers.  

Weekend Offerings

Regular weekly activities:
Friday Afternoons in the Climbing Gym 2:45 to 4:45pm

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 2018 (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.  

Sept 29th Beginner Kayaking Trip: Learn to paddle whitewater kayak on the best teaching river in the country. Pre-trip orientation on Friday required.

Oct 20th Paddleboarding and Breakfast: How better to spend a morning than a morning paddle and then breakfast. What's not to love?

Oct 21th 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.

Oct 27th Climbing Trip: Get out and climb or learn to climb at one of the many amazing spots we have here in Chattanooga.

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.