High Adventure

High Adventure 2022

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Programs for High Adventure 2023|
Chairperson:  Marilyn Pusatere

H01 Spelunking
Weeks: 3, 4                                                    Grades: 6+

Go underground! Crawl, squeeze and meander through the limestone caves and karst formations of the Heldeberg Plateau. Students will receive instruction in basic equipment and learn the essentials of spelunking techniques and cave conservation. This class has required equipment, and the cost ($215) includes additional $40.00 off-site transportation fee.

Note: Transportation fee is for the bus to and from the caves each day (not AM/PM bus to and from home).  If you want AM/PM busing, please purchase Week 3 or 4 Bus.

Instructor: Dan Brudos

 H02 My Side of the Mountain
Weeks:  1, 2, 6                                              Grades:  4 – 6

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, is an adventure story of self-reliance and ability to adapt to the environment.  Like the main character, Sam Gribley, students in this class will learn basic skills to use the land to survive. You’ll build a survival structure, learn to start a fire with flint and steel, cook over a fire, hike with a map and compass, and identify wildlife.  You’ll keep a journal of your experiences.  You should become familiar with the popular story to fully enjoy this class.

Instructors: Weeks 1&2- Darcy Morrison; Weeks 6- Karen Meacham

H03 MORE My Side of the Mountain
Weeks: 3, 4, 5                                                Grades: 6 – 8

Did you take My Side of the Mountain?  Want more?  This class is offered for older students, and everything will be a little “more”.  After you build a fire with flint and steel, you will safely and successfully maintain the fire.  You will hike the Heldebergs, gather wood, forage, and identify flora and fauna.  Different types of shelters will be built. You will become attuned to nature and learn basic outdoor survival skills, like Sam Gribley!

Instructor: Weeks 3, 4: Darcy Morrison; Week 5: Karen Meacham

H05 Archery                               

Beginning and Advanced: Weeks: 1, 2, & 4

Archery: Weeks 3,5, & 6

Grades: 6 & up

For Weeks 1, 2, and 4, Archery will offer two levels: Beginning and Advanced. During Weeks 3, 5, & 6, one instructor will offer Archery, accommodating both new students and those returning to archery.

Note: Recurve bows will be used for both Archery courses.

Archery: Learn the basic shooting techniques when using professional recurved bows. These are the same bows used in national shooting competitions and the Olympics. Practice calculating scores and improving from one week to the next. Candy shoots and our last day shooting competition keep students engaged as they become lifelong participants of the sport.

Advanced Archery: This class will run concurrently with our Archery class during Weeks 1, 2, & 4. It is for students who have taken Archery at the Workshop and desire to improve their accuracy, skill and effectiveness in shooting. Special attention will be given to sighting a bow and the use of alternate targets for practice. Individual shooting tournament will occur at the conclusion of the advanced class.


Wks. 1, 2, & 4: Kevin McFerran and Claire Pusatere

Wks. 3, 5, & 6: Claire Pusatere


H06  Helde-Trekking
Weeks: 2, 4, 5, 6                                           Grades:  3 & 4

Hike the Heldeberg Workshop!  Spend your week hiking and exploring the fields, woods, swamp and pond areas of the Workshop Land.  Learn what to do and what not to do when out hiking, whether on the Workshop Land or elsewhere with friends and family.  Learn some basic safety and

survival skills such as building a campfire, making a survival shelter and reading basic trail maps.  You will need to wear comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers, as we will do a lot of hiking.   Students should also have a small daypack that can hold a raincoat, a water bottle and snacks for each day’s adventure.

Instructor: Weeks 2, 4: David Wallingford; Weeks 5, 6: James Longrod

H07 Woods Wanderers
Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4                                            Grades 6-8

Not all who wander are lost! Unlock your inner wanderer in this course for hikers and curious naturalists.  Venture into our unique, beautiful, and diverse land while learning basic plant, insect, and animal identification.  Whether out for a day or overnight, this class will prepare you for a safe and enjoyable journey. You will learn how to pack gear, cook outdoors, do basic wilderness first aid, and handle bad weather and survival situations.  Learn and practice “Leave No Trace” principles while wondering and wandering throughout Heldeberg’s gorgeous landscape.  If you’re interested in broadening your hiking experience and immersing yourself in a world of nature, then this course is for you!

Instructor: Karen Meacham

 H08 Junior Archery
Weeks:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6                                    Grades: 3 – 5  

This course will stress all the FUNdamentals of Archery with an emphasis on skills for younger students. Archery games and tournaments make this class interesting and lively!  Students will use the latest technologically advanced “toy” bows and arrows to shoot at a variety of backdrops and targets.

Instructor: Weeks 1-3-Gwen McFerran; Weeks 4-6- Mackenzie Johnson


H09 Introduction to Karate
Week: 3, 4, 5                                                  Grades: 6+

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to practice karate? This course will give you an introduction to Karate and its evolution throughout the world. Hear Kyoshii’s stories of the Grand Masters of Karate, learn the physical and mental strategies, and practice hands on training with the Bo (6 foot wooden stick).  Enter the world of karate with this safe, fun, informative, and exciting class.

Note: This is a No Contact workshop, encouraging both girls and boys to improve their balance, strength, and focus, a great help in their future endeavors.

Instructor: Kyoshii Joe Mansfield

H10 Geocaching
Week: 6                                                          Grades:  5 – 8

Come learn the joy of Geocaching! Geocaching started 18 years ago, when the US Government made the Global Positioning System (GPS) available to the general public. Within one day someone used the technology to hide a small cache and post those coordinates online – 3 days later it had been found twice! Right now, there are over 2.5 million geocaches and 6 million geocachers worldwide. In this course, we will explore the various tools of geocaching, while searching the grounds of Heldeberg Workshop on a plethora of adventures seeking out caches from nanos to multis.

Instructor: Chet Boehlke Jr.