High Adventure

High Adventure 2024

Chairperson:  Marilyn Pusatere & David Wallingford

Get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure.

Register for Heldeberg Workshop’s Summer Programs today!

H01 Spelunking
Weeks:4, 5                                                     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: Scott Keefer

 H02 My Side of the Mountain
Weeks:  1, 2, 5                                              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; Week 5: Karen Meacham

H03 MORE My Side of the Mountain
Weeks: 3, 4, 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: Weeks 3, 4: Darcy Morrison; Week 6: Karen Meacham

H05 Beginning and Advanced Archery
Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6                                    Grades 6 & up

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 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. 1-3, 6: Claire Pusatere & Rachel Pahl

Wks. 4&5: Claire Pusatere & Emma Loy-Santelli

H06  Helde-Trekking
Weeks: 1, 3, 4                                                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: Week 1: James Longrod, Weeks 3, 4: David Wallingford

H07 Woods Wanderers
Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4 (some weeks may change)            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: Mackenzie Johnson

H09 Introduction to Karate
Week: 3                                                          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


Weeks: 2 and 4                           Grades 7-12

Beginning and advanced students will develop their skills by making a variety of projects appropriate to their skill level.  Projects may include hooks, door hardware, or other decorative and practical items. Students should expect to work hard, with emphasis placed on control and consistency of their work. Blacksmithing students are required to wear long sleeve cotton shirts, long cotton pants, cotton socks, and closed toed shoes or boots, preferably made of leather.  Other safety equipment will be supplied.

Instructor: Dave Peterson

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