OUr school district uses this place to take the kids for a week out of the school year. They get credit for school while they are there, and they learn a bunch about the outdoors, camping, crafts, and more. This is a great idea for all area schools. It was very fun when we went here, and it is something the kids really work for because not eveyone got to go. It is up to the parent and yes it is an extra cost. It is a great experience.