5th Grade Camp

5th Grade Outdoor Education Parents' Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the 5th grade gymnasium. 

One of the great traditions at Novi Meadows is the fifth grade Outdoor Education Program. 

Sessions are divided according to class teams, starting in early December and running through early February. 

The cost per child, paid by parents, is $220 this year. It will be collected by your child's homeroom teacher on, or before, Monday, November 21, 2022. It would be appreciated if all monies were paid by check or money order, made payable to Novi Meadows. Cash is also accepted. 

Teachers will share forms that need to be completed on or before Wednesday, November 9, 2022.  The forms include a Pupil Permission Slip, Volunteer Background Check and Behavior Expectation Contract.

If you have any special concerns or questions, please email or call you child's homeroom teacher. 

Fifth Grade Outdoor Education Program Information

The Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center is owned by the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. Novi's Outdoor Education has been part of our science curriculum since 1974, utilizing this same facility since inception. 


The Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center is located at 3577 Sleeth Court, Commerce Township, Michigan 48382. The emergency phone number is 248-956-5120. 

Supervision Provided

Children are supervised 24 hours a day. Teachers are always present. 


A camp lodge, located on 11 acres and adjacent to Proud Lake Recreation Area, includes: 
  • Dining Hall: Meals are prepared by the permanent cooking staff and are served family style. Children set tables, serve food and do table clean-up. 
  • Classrooms: There is a biology room and an arts and crafts room, which our classes utilize. Many classes are also held outdoors. 
  • Activity room: A fireplace is the center of attraction for stories, songs, checkers, chess, etc. Several classes are also held in this room. 


Children live in comfortable dormitories with all the modern conveniences -- heat, electricity, showers, bunk beds. Each dorm sleeps 23-27 children, plus one or two teachers. 

Physical Examination

It is not required that your child have a physical examination. Medical forms will be provided. 

Departure and Return

Students should be dropped off to Novi Meadows 5th Grade House on the day they leave for camp promptly. Please refer to your teacher's directions for the exact time. All students will be picked up from Novi Meadows at 11:45 a.m. on their last day of camp. Students cannot ride the bus to school or home from school either day. 

Camp Class Descripions

Outdoor Education Menu

Vegetarian options will also be available

Day 1

Lunch: Grilled Cheese with tomato soup
Dinnner: Tacos

Day 2

Breakfast: French Toast or Pancakes
Lunch: Pizza Burgers
Dinner: Meatless Lasagna

Day 3

Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls

Other breakfast items

In addition to the above menu, the cooks will choose two sides from the list below.
  • cereal
  • eggs
  • biscuits
  • muffins
  • sausage
  • toast
  • bagels/cream cheese

White milk, juice and water are available at each breakfast.


At least two sides from below will be chosen by the cooks to accompany each of the lunches and dinners. Fruit is served at each lunch. Dinner includes a dessert. White and/or chocolate milk, and water are available at each lunch and dinner. Jelly sandwiches are also available at each lunch and dinner. 

  • homemade roll/bread/garlic sticks
  • mashed potatoes and gravy
  • tater tots
  • cottage cheese
  • carrots/celery sticks
  • cooked vegetables
  • pasta salad
  • potato salad
  • potato chips
  • soup
  • rice
  • coleslaw
  • fries
  • house salad

Important: If your child has dietary restrictions please let your teacher know. 




Suggested Student Clothing and Equipment List

Students: Use this as a checklist before leaving home. All articles should be labeled with your name so they can be easily identified. 

Parents: Activities/classes are held outdoors. Please equip your child to meet the appropriate seasonal demands. Be prepared for abrupt changes in weather. 

Essential items

  • 1 Sleeping back and sheet (a sheet is necessary, as it will prevent the sleeping bag from slipping off the mattress)
  • Blankets and Sheets
  • Pillow
  • Deodorant
  • Jacket
  • Sweatshirts
  • Pants (two pair)
  • T-shirts
  • Poncho/rain gear
  • Boots
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Hat
  • Bath towel
  • Wash cloth
  • Comb and Brush
  • Plastic Bags (two for wet/dirty clothes
  • Soap in a non-glass container
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Tennis shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Multiple pairs of socks
  • Underwear for each day
  • Shampoo
  • Snow pants
  • Sled

Convenience Items

  • Books
  • Travel games
  • Playing cards
  • Box of tissues
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Hand lotion
  • Sled (no saucers)
  • Chapstick


  • Hair dryers (wall mounted dryers are available in dorms)
  • CD Playes/MP3/Ipod/Radio
  • Knives
  • Food (candy, gum, cookies, etc.)
  • Electronic games
  • Water bottles
  • Money
  • Jewelry
  • Flashlights
  • Matches
  • Cell phones