COEP, which stands for Comprehensive Outdoor Education Program, challenges students in three major areas: academic skills, outdoor and physical tasks, and individual and group leadership development. The goals and expectations of COEP are to complement and enhance traditional education by offering hands-on experience in life skills that will provide the student the necessary tools to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Summer Treks extend these learning goals into the summer months. The program is open to both MCDS and non-MCDS students.


Join in on an extended weekend in Orlando to get to know some fellow Middle School students better. We will discover how all animals and people are connected through the wildlife conservation program in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We will also zip down some of the fastest and tallest slides at Blizzard Beach. Lastly, we will experience the thrill rides at Universal Orlando theme parks.

Dates, Tuition & Fees

Price: $1,450 | Sign Up Deadline is April 1

ACTIVITIES: Wildlife Conservation private program in Animal Kingdom, Blizzard beach, Universal studios and Islands of Adventure Parks.
Total cost includes: Accommodations, transportation, lodging, theme park tickets and two meals per day.

Alaska: Land of the Midnight Sun
June 6 - 20, 2019

Alaska is one of COEP’s most cherished summer treks. Trekkers go beyond textbooks and into the depths of the Alaskan wilderness to explore the Last Frontier. It is an incredible experience to go from whale watching in the Gulf of Alaska to dog sledding near Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. Nothing beats Alaska with its sheer majestic geography and sublime scale.

Dates, Tuition & Fees

Price: $3,450
$1,000 non-refundable deposit due by January 25, 2019 to secure discount.

Price: $3,850
$1,000 non-refundable deposit due at sign up. Pay in full by March 22, 2019.

Director and Staff Information

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  • Francesca Bruno

    COEP Director

    Francesca "Torreya" Bruno Torreya – Francesca’s camp name – has many years of experience trekking all over the country. She has been with COEP for over eight years. She is a member of the Association of Experiential Education (AEE) and is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR). Her summer trekking staff is comprised of experienced and proficient outdoor leaders with teaching backgrounds. They are all also certified in First Aid and CPR with the American Red Cross.

    Contact COEP Director at 305.510.5621 or Email her for more information on this trek or to hear about payment plan options.
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