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Mini Mountaineers and Mountaineers

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Introducing the Cannonsburg Mini Mountaineers and Mountaineers!

The Mini Mountaineers is an adventure group for kids ages 3-5 and the Mountaineers is for kids ages 6-8. Both groups love exercising, exploring the outdoors, and going on countless adventures together. Teamwork and embracing individuality is a top priority. Skilled instructors work with the groups and ensure a safe and fun environment.

In the case of inclement weather, the groups will meet inside the ski lodge. There are plenty of indoor games and adventures that will keep everyone busy and having fun!

 

INSTRUCTORS

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JADE CLINTON

Jade attended Northern Michigan University and has a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management. She spent time working at a water sports company and is interested in event programming, outdoor adventure activities, and recreational therapy. Her favorite hobbies include rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, surfing, water skiing, and paddle boarding. Next up for Jade is sky diving! Jade loves working with kids and sharing her knowledge of team building activities and outdoor survival skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CASSIDY GALE

Cassidy, a professional wake surfer, grew up snowboarding on the slopes at Cannonsburg. She is the current 2018 Wake Surf World Champion and attends Grand Valley State University. In 2017, Cassidy helped pilot the Cannonsburg Mountain Minnies, a program to help empower young girls in snow sports. Cassidy loves spending her time working with kids and sharing her love of the outdoors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KIM OWENS

Kim teaches high school band at East Grand Rapids and 6th grade band at Forest Hills Public Schools. She is the co-owner and race director of Switchback Endurance. Kim loves endurance racing and has competed in multiple stage races including the 2017 Adventure Racing World Championships, 2015 Trans Rockies 6 day stage race, and the 2015 Raid in France Adventure race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AARON VELTING                                                                                                             aaron-velting

Aaron, a NASM certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor, loves all things adventure! From running, biking, swimming, hiking and playing with her kiddos, she is always outdoors. Aaron is actively involved with the West Michigan Chapter of My Team Triumph and regularly paces other racers to help them accomplish their goals. Aaron is a 3X Boston Marathon Finisher and Ironman finisher. More than anything, Aaron loves sharing her love of the outdoors with others.

 

 

 

 

 

MINI MOUNTAINEERS (ages 3-5) FAQ AND REGISTRATION

Registration:

Each class is one hour long and is $23 per session (includes supplies and snack). Please register early, as each session is capped at 16 Mini Mountaineers. You can register online for a single or multiple sessions here:

 

 

Parent participation:

The Mini Mountaineers are independent, adventurous, and fierce but let’s face it,  every now and then it’s nice to wave at mom and dad in-between summer adventures. Since each session is only an hour long we recommend that a parent or family member remain on-site or nearby. While the Mini Mountaineers are out exploring the big outdoors, feel free to take advantage of our multi-use trails or relax on the deck.

 

Check-in/Check-out:

The Mini Mountaineers will meet on the outside deck on the west side of the ski lodge. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to meet the instructors and check-in your Mountain Minnie! Please bring a driver’s license or passport for the check-in process. Pick-up will be in the same location as drop-off. Please arrive 5 minutes ahead of time to make sure that you are there waiting for your Mini Mountaineer. They will be ready to tell you about their outside adventures!

 

Should my Mini Mountaineer be potty-trained?

The short answer is yes! We realize that the Mini’s are young, and that accidents will happen, but keep in mind that the Mini Mountaineers will be outside and away from the bathroom for a full hour.

 

What happens if the weather isn’t cooperating?

Our number one priority is keeping the Mini Mountaineers safe and warm. If it’s too rainy or cold outside we will hang out indoors! We will find plenty of adventures inside and have a full list of indoor activities to keep busy!


Gear:

The Mini Mountaineers will be outside for the majority of each session so please plan accordingly. We recommend layers such as t-shirts, hoodies, and a lightweight jacket.

*Closed toe shoes are mandatory!

 

Mini Mountaineers Schedule:

 

October 6: Falling into Fall

Session 1: 10 am

Session 2: 11:15 am

The Mini Mountaineers will embark on a short trail run, complete a scavenger hunt, and work on a sidewalk mural together (fall theme). Afterwards the Mini’s will have a donut and cider party on the deck.

 

October 13: Camp Vibes

Session 1: 10am

Session 2: 11:15am

The Mini Mountaineers will take a hike on trails and collect leaves. Afterwards they will help their instructors build a survival hut. We will finish the day with s’mores and cider on the deck.

*Parents are welcome to join in with s’more making

 

October 20th: Fall Festival

Session 1: 10am

Session 2: 11:15am

The Mini Mountaineers will spend time building and decorating kites. After the kites are built, the Mini’s will hike up the hill to fly them. Following their kite flying adventures, the Mini’s will return to base camp and race rubber ducks and get their faces painted. We will finish the day on the deck with cider and donuts.

 

October 27th: Trick or Treat (Costumes HIGHLY encouraged)

Session 1: 10am

Session 2: 11:15am

The Mini Mountaineers will work together as a group to build a scarecrow. After that, the Mountaineers will paint mini pumpkins and decorate paper bags for trick or’ treating. The Mountaineers will finish the hour by going trick or treating through the lodge!

 

MOUNTAINEERS (ages 6-8) FAQ AND REGISTRATION

 

Registration:

Each class is one hour and fifteen minutes long and is $25 per session (includes supplies and snack). Please register early, as each session is capped at 16 Mountaineers. You can register online for a single or multiple sessions here:

 

 

Parent participation:

The Mountaineers are independent, adventurous, and fierce but let’s face it,  every now and then it’s nice to wave at mom and dad in-between summer adventures. Since each session is one hour nd 15 minutes long, we recommend that a parent or family member remain on-site or nearby. While the Mountaineers are out exploring the big outdoors, feel free to take advantage of our multi-use trails or relax on the deck.

 

Check-in/Check-out:

The Mountaineers will meet on the outside deck on the west side of the ski lodge. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to meet the instructors and check-in your Mountaineer! Please bring a driver’s license or passport for the check-in process. Pick-up will be in the same location as drop-off. Please arrive 5 minutes ahead of time to make sure that you are there waiting for your Mountaineer. They will be ready to tell you about their outside adventures!


Are bathrooms available?

The short answer is yes! We will be out in the woods for at least an hour, so please try to use bathroom facilities beforehand. However, if a child does need to use the restroom, they will be walked back to the lodge by an instructor!


What happens if the weather isn’t cooperating?

Our number one priority is keeping the Mountaineers safe and warm. If it’s too rainy or cold outside we will hang out indoors! We will find plenty of adventures inside and have a full list of indoor activities to keep busy!

Gear:

The Mountaineers will be outside for the majority of each session so please plan accordingly. We recommend layers such as t-shirts, hoodies, and a lightweight jacket.

*Closed toe shoes are mandatory!

 

Mountaineers Schedule:

 

October 6: Falling into Fall

Session 1: 1pm

The Mountaineers will embark on a 1 mile trail run, complete a scavenger hunt, and work on a sidewalk mural together (fall theme). Afterwards the Mountaineers will have a donut and cider party on the deck.

 

October 13: Camp Vibes

Session 1: 1pm

The Mountaineers will start the day learning how to make different knots on the deck. Once they master knots, the mountaineers will head East and take a hike on the creek loop. Following their hike, the mountaineers will use their newly found knot making skills to help their instructors build a survival hut.  We will finish the day with s’mores and cider on the deck.

*Parents are welcome to join in with s’more making!

 

October 20th: Fall Festival

Session 1: 1:00pm

The Mountaineers will spend time building and decorating kites. After the kites are built, the Mountaineers will hike up the hill to fly them. Following their kite flying adventures, they will return to base camp and go on a short hike to collect and identify leaves. We will finish the day on the deck with cider and donuts.

 

October 27th: Trick or Treat (Costumes HIGHLY encouraged)

Session 1: 1pm

The Mountaineers will work together as a group to build a scarecrow. After that, the Mountaineers will paint mini pumpkins and decorate paper bags for trick or’ treating. The Mountaineers will finish the hour by going trick or treating through the lodge and outside premises! If time permits, we will take spooner boards outside to practice balance!