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Six Year Plan

High Adventure Treks for Dads and Sons

Six Year Plan for Dad and Son Development


HATS© begins with simple, easily attainable experiences then advances through more difficult and challenging adventures.

  • HATS events range from afternoon Dad and Son instructional activities such as orienteering, canoeing, rock climbing, and mountain biking to weekend overnights and, ultimately, to our week-long Colorado trek.
  • HATS groups, composed of Dads and their Sons from 4th - 9th grade, number from as few as 5 to as many as 25 Dad and Son teams per local group.
  • HATS groups are organized by neighborhoods, schools, places of worship, and community affiliations, with each group operating independently and having autonomy for program selection and structure.
  • Each HATS outdoor adventure builds upon the previous experience and offers new activities and challenges throughout the six year program.

As the sons (and dads) become more experienced in outdoor activities, HATS groups select more demanding activities, and, by the sixth year, Dads and Sons are ready for an extended high-adventure wilderness experience.


The HATS program is broken down into six years of instruction and activities:


4th grade teams go to a New Member Campout in the fall and learn the basics of camping with HATS®.  The theme for this campout is" What is HATS® all about and the Great Pumpkin Search" In the spring of the 4th grade teams go to Dinosaur Valley State Park for a weekend campout and learn the basics of hiking. The theme for this campout is “What footprints will you leave?”

 

In the fall, the 5th grade campout focuses on a low ropes course. The theme for this campout is "Working Together and Challenge by Choice." The introductory instructional canoeing campout is in the spring of the 5th grade year.  The theme for this campout is "Communication without Words."

 

The canoeing campout in the fall of the 6th grade builds on the instruction from the previous spring and the theme for this campout is "It's A Journey not A Destination." In the spring of the 6th grade, the teams learn the basics of rock-climbing at a campout where the theme is"Trust."

 

In the fall of the 7th grade, the teams experience a more advanced rock-climbing experience where the theme is "Trusting Yourself." 7th graders are introduced to white water kayaking in the spring.  The theme for this campout is "Balance."

 

8th graders go on a kayaking campout in the fall and the theme for this campout is "Independence." The 8th grade spring campout focuses on wilderness photography skills, and the theme for this campout is "What's your Focus."

 

In the fall the 9th graders focus on backpacking and the theme for this campout is "Unloading your Emotional Backpack." In the spring the 9th graders focus on bushwacking and the theme for this campout is"Finding your own Path."

 

The HATS® experience culminates in the summer after the 9th grade, when teams go on a nine-day High Adventure Trek to Colorado.

 

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