For boys to be truly ready for the world, they need to experience the world.
In addition to the array of trips offered as part of the Weekend Activities program, McCallie offers a wide variety of trips both around the country and around the world throughout the year and during school breaks. These range from intense outdoor excursions to service learning and mission trips to traditional study abroad immersion opportunities.
The trips range in from days to weeks, and are chaperoned by McCallie faculty with an interest in and expertise in the topic area of the trip. All are designed to provide boys with experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
McCallie-Sponsored Trips for 2021-22
Winter Break 2022
Winter Camping and Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Dates: February 17 - 20, 2022
Cost: US - $275, MS - $300
Chaperones: Jake Altemus, Michael Lowry, Jesse Teague, Luis Rodriguez
The Outdoor Program is offering 2 trips with 2 - 3 staff members each, one for the middle school and one for the upper school. The trips will cover a loop or point to point hike in one of the following areas: Big South Fork National Recreation Area, a section of The Appalachian Trail in either Tennessee, North Carolina, or Georgia. The specific route will be determined before the trip. Total mileage will be around 20 miles. Participants will enjoy the winter camping experience while learning navigation skills, teambuilding, backpacking, pitching a tent, cooking, and leadership. They will also be encouraged to journal about their experience.
Surf and Service in El Salvador - TRIP IS FULL
Dates: May 27 – June 3, 2022
Chaperone: Will Honeycutt
Students will have the opportunity to surf in the mornings and spend the afternoons at a local school providing activities, sports and English language instruction in the town of El Tunco, host to the 2021 International Surf Association World Surfing Games. Private surfing lessons will be provided and students will have ample time to practice their Spanish with the locals.
Soccer, Service and Fun in Costa Rica
Dates: May 28 - June 4, 2022
Chaperones: Chris Cushenbury, Moises Drummond, Ashley Posey, Ross Shumate or Randy Odle
Soccer players will travel to Costa Rica to perform community service with Tiera de Zaguates, a nonprofit organization to rescues street dogs, and WWF Sea Turtle Rescue program helping newborn turtles to get safely to the ocean. They will also practice soccer at Costa Rica Soccer Federation, compete against national teams, and attend a professional soccer match. Other activities include traveling to the cloud forest by the Poas, visit the LaPaz Waterfall Gardens, Arenal Volcano area, LaFortuna Waterfall, enjoy the Zip lines over the rainforest, the biggest hot springs in the world and waterslides. They will learn the art of surfing and enjoy a catamaran sunset tour.
Biblical Tour of Israel
Dates: June 4 – 15, 2022
Chaperone: Jim Suddath
Vaccination required, but no quarantine
Sites include: Tel Aviv, Sharon Plain and Jezreel Valley, Galilee and the Biblical sites at Caesarea Maritima, Megiddo, Mt.Carmel Sephoris, Nazareth, Tiberias, Tel Hazor, Golan Heights, Caesarea
Philippi to see Banias Spring and Agrippa’s Palace, hiking to Tel Dan to see the altar of Jeroboam, Capernaum, Magdala, Tabgha, Chorazim, worship and reflection at the Mount of Beatitudes, Kursi, sailing on a replica wooden “Jesus Boat” on the Sea of Galilee. Jacobs Ford, the Dead Sea, Spring of en Harod and Mt Gilboa, Beit Shean-one of the best preserved Decapolis Roman cities, Jordan Valley, Qumran where the Dead Seas Scrolls were authored. And this is just the first week!
This trip will consist of faculty, parents and students from McCallie and Fellowship Christian School in Atlanta. Max of 40 people, estimated number of students from both schools 14-18.
Service and Educational Trip to Colombia
Dates: June 6 - 18, 2022
Chaperones: Luis Rodriguez, Jesse Teague
Participants will travel to Medellin, Colombia, which is nestled in the Andes Mountain to experience the biodiversity of the pacific coast, wild jungles and stunning beaches. Service projects will be held in El amargal nature reserve and the youth of the nearby fishing village of Arusi. They will practice the Spanish language and explore the natural environment while learning historical, political and social perspectives.
“Some fundraising may be necessary to acquire surfboards for needy children in Arusi, Colombia. They may solicit non-profit organizations such as The Surver Kids Foundation or ReSurf.”