High Adventure

High Adventure 2022

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Chairperson:  Marilyn Pusatere


H12 Introduction to Caves and Karst
Trip Leader: Mike Nardacci
Ages: 14 and up (adults and kids welcome!)
Two trip dates to choose from (register for one or both):
Date #1: Sunday, August 7, from 12-4, 12 – 4pm (approx.)
Date #2: Sunday, August 21 from 10-2 pm (approx.)
Tuition for One day caving trip: $40 pp

This one-day course will be an introduction to the sport/science of cave  exploration.  Participants will meet at noon in the parking area for the Clarksville Cave Preserve on Route 443 in the village of Clarksville.  A surface hike will introduce participants to karst landscapes and cave formation.  This will be followed by an approximately 2-hour tour of the upstream section of Clarksville Cave featuring an underground stream, rapids, pools, fossils, and faults.  Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes or work boots and bring knee pads as there will be short stretches involving hands-and-knees crawling.

Heldeberg Workshop will provide helmets but participants must be equipped with THREE DIFFERENT light sources–NO  EXCEPTIONS; preferably one should be a head lamp.  In addition, gear should include work gloves and warm clothing as the cave temperature is 48 degrees. Participants should also bring a change of clothes and shoes for after the cave trip and a plastic bag for muddy clothes.

H02  My Side of the Mountain
Weeks:  1, 2, 3, 4                                           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 1,4: Karen Meacham; Weeks 2, 3: Darcy Morrison

H03 MORE My Side of the Mountain
Weeks: 5, 6                                                    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: Darcy Morrison

H05 Archery
Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6                                    Grades: 6 & up
Learn the basic shooting techniques using recurved bows. Recurved bows are used in national shooting competitions and the Olympics. Practice calculating scores and improvement through the week. Candy shoots and our final day team shooting competition keep students engaged as they become lifelong participants of the sport.  Those students who have practiced Archery before will have the opportunity to continue to develop their skills.

Note:  Recurve bows will be used for this Archery course.

Instructor: Weeks 1-3: Kevin McFerran; Wks. 4-6: Claire Pusatere

 H06  Helde-Trekking
Weeks: 1, 2                                                   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: David Wallingford

H07 Woods Wanderers

Weeks: 2, 3, 5, 6                 (Wks. 2,3: Grades 6-8 & Wks. 5,6: Grades 4-5 )    

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 overnights, 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 Martial Arts
Week: 4                                                          Grades: 6+
This workshop introduces Martial Arts from around the world: Karate of Okinawa, Tai Chi of China, Tae Kwon Do of Korea, and Jujitsu of Japan. Our days will start with Tai Chi, a slow-moving exercise. Hands techniques will be practiced along with foot work, all which improve balance and focus. Each day students will improve her/his abilities while learning how the Martial Arts are used for health and self-defense. There will be demonstrations of various weapons, and students will be able to choose to learn how to handle the Bo – 6’ stick or Jo – 4’ stick.

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