“This program has been phenomenal for my kids. They look forward to the meetings every week and to the weekend trips like you would not believe. Every time they come back from one of those trips, you can tell they’ve grown a little. You’ll hear about something they did or an experience they had, and you can tell it is making a positive impact on their lives”.
-Tim McMullan (TAASC dad of 2)
TAASC is based on the combination of group weekly meetings and fun outdoor weekend trips. Students learn all kinds of outdoor skills as well as group participation skills at the meetings, and then get to test it out on a weekend trip. Leadership is a big part of the program and we weave this through everything we do.
The program operates on a quarterly schedule. We use this for tuition payments and for trips and meeting plans. We have a few different levels of membership which you can view here for more details.
Our students meet once a week after school where they learn outdoor skills, get a chance to practice leadership and working in a group. The technical skills they learn prepare them for upcoming wilderness activities such as climbing, navigation, and camp-craft. Sometimes we participate in community service projects during after-school meetings. These meetings are really fun, high energy and keep students engaged!
Depending on the membership level, students can attend one weekend trip per month. These trips are a wilderness experience, a community service experience, or a combination of both. The trips provide our students opportunity to practice skills learned during weekly meetings and the chance to set and achieve personal and group goals. Plus they are a lot of fun!
Weekend Trip Activities
TAASC weekend trips include: wilderness expeditions, climbing and rappelling, white water and flat water paddling, cave exploration, mountain biking, wilderness first-aid, leadership development, and community service.
Longer summer wilderness adventures are the culmination of the skills and experiences gained in the year-round program. Younger groups members attend a 5-day trip; older group members attend a 10-day trip.