The following statements are used with permission from directors of Outdoor School programs at Drift Creek Camp.
Dottie Knecht, South Salem High School
This fall we took 89 high school biology students on an overnight field trip to Drift Creek Camp. I could not have scripted a more perfect setting, facility, and hosts than what we encountered. The staff, food, accommodations, and the communication leading up to the event were all excellent. The surroundings at the camp provide rich diversity and opportunity for inquiry based learning. Many students shared with me that this trip was a highlight of their high school experience. We plan to return again next year.
Mike Cox, Sisters Middle School
Thanks for the form — Also, I want to again thank you for your hospitality — we had a fantastic time and felt privileged to be able to use your facility. Everyone affiliated with Drift Creek treated us with such kindness and that is a real tribute to your staff. If our budget allows, we will definitely strongly consider trying to return next year (which is something I could not have foreseen a couple of weeks ago due to the distance from home). Thanks again for everything.
Roy McConaughey, C.S. Lewis Academy
“As a first-timer at Drift Creek, let me first thank you for such excellent care of our school’s needs. It’s great to see how the staff cares for this beautiful facility–it’s obvious that they see it (the camp) as a place of God’s presence.”
Susan Friesen, principal Valley Catholic
I want to tell you how impressed I was over your camp. It is a wonderful facility and your staff and volunteers were so welcoming and helpful! I wish I could have stayed longer .
Pat Whetstone at Newport
“Thank you so much for your hospitality during our stay at Drift Creek. The students surely enjoyed themselves and you and your staff were very accommodating to us all. Drift Creek lends itself to a wonderful natural landscape. Thank you again for a very positive experience.”
Parker Ogburn, Oregon State University
Our Outdoor School was greatly enhanced and improved by the additions to the Drift Creek facility and your energetic new staff. I am very pleased with the service of Tony and Brenda Kauffman. They have been very gracious and helpful with all our camp needs and arrangements. Your facility staffs, Seth, Brie, Laura and Jesse, were always available, friendly and encouraging to myself and the facilitators of our Outdoor School. Seth, Laura, Brie and Jesse were curious about our programs and asked if we might need additional help. Laura introduced the new nature center and encouraged us to make use of the materials, in which we did. The plant identification guides and investigating materials were very useful and we used them throughout camp. Seth was very gracious and reassuring, he asked me several times how they might help, these overtures were very welcome.
The qualities you all have brought to camp have made for out best camp, we look forward towards working with you all in the future.
Parker Neal Ogburn
OSU Extension Service Lincoln County / 4H Natural Resource Instructor