The Adventure Leaders
Exclusive Program for Youth Leadership
2022-2023 Now Accepting Applications
This group of selected homeschoolers will have the opportunity to build life-long leadership skills, challenge their mental and physical abilities, and learn about their important role as change-makers in this world.
Our Adventure Leadership program goes far beyond promoting a general sense of enthusiasm for the idea of being a leader, and instead help students develop a sense of confidence and of perspective such that leadership is seen not as the exclusive goal in and of itself, but rather as a means to greater accomplishment in one's life, a tool for personal empowerment, and as a springboard to provide meaningful service to one's community.
Leaders must be in grades 5-12, and will be separated at many points into middle and high-school aged groups.
After acceptance to the program, they will be invited to participate in Adventure Leader monthly meet-ups beginning in September, activities and field trips for younger groups as Leadership Mentors, fulfill outside volunteer-work for approved organizations and events, and attend exciting HFAC leadership team-building events. Some students may also take part in areas of operations, research, marketing, and planning for HFAC based on their skills and passions.
Their first team-building trip will be in September, where they will be challenged and called upon to use their communication and teamwork skills to build comradery and trust among their group in preparation for their exciting year together. This is a maritime lesson on an American Revolution tall ship replica where they will need to sail the ship out to sea as a team, lift and lower cargo, and work together as a crew. Once out to sea, the cannon will be fired!
Please keep reading for more details about the financial and time investments expected to take part in this unique program. We welcome you!
Space is limited to 12 students per age group. The application period is from July 5th-August 20th, 2022.
This will be a year of self-discovery during a peak time of each individual's youth development. They will be challenged to think critically and push their limits physically and intellectually as an individual, as well as in a group setting.
Some of the topics covered in our program for real-life application are: vision and goal setting, communication, negotiation and conflict resolution, creating boundaries, social-emotional, group dynamics, world cultures, and community service. In addition, science-based nutrition and fitness will be a foundational lesson to everything they are learning in this program, to support their life-long journey.
The group will pick an environmental, animal rights, or humanitarian issue to dedicate the 2022-2023 year to, learn about, and volunteer for throughout the year. This will be a primary theme for discussion and planning. It will also give them a platform for learning about how to use their voice, create an action plan for change within the world, and learn that they can truly make a difference.
Opportunities for high-school:
Becoming a better leader also means becoming a better listener, critical thinker, and a more responsible citizen.
High school Adventure Leaders can highlight their experience on their college resume to include their leadership academy participation and ability to think critically while collaborating on projects. Colleges like to see that students have put in time both inside and outside of the classroom to enhance their understanding of the world and increase their leadership skills, which is why many students participating in leadership groups like ours go on to attend elite institutions, and set the path for an empowered, happy, and successful life as part of a community.
Investment of Time:
*Meetings from 10am-2pm the 2nd Friday of the month (tentative based on group preference) at various locations between Pasadena and Claremont. These meetings will typically be outdoors on local hikes and will consist of lessons, challenges, guest speakers, and free time. Adventure Leaders bring their own healthy lunch, prepared on their own in the morning. *If we have enough interest in the Orange County area, we are happy to also start a group there. Please let us know on the contact form at the bottom of this page.
*Optional but highly recommended monthly adventures. These may include but are not limited to: ropes courses, kayaking, sailing, ziplining, rock climbing, off-roading, conventions, field-trips, overnight end-of-the-year Catalina trip, and more.
*Participate as a Leadership Mentor for younger group adventures (discounted additional cost per trip, and limited to only a few leaders at a time)
*Volunteer hours are recommended for each Adventure Leader either with the group, or on their own.
*Time dedicated to individual work to be completed at home will depend on the student's goals and group responsibilities that they choose to undertake
*All events are drop-off with some opportunity for parent volunteers and chaperones.
Everything is optional.
The more time you put into this group, the more you will gain from it. Every leader will find their own purpose and will be guided in how to harness that passion to be empowered and motivated.
$99 includes the application review, Fall leadership T-Shirt for events, a featured profile-card on our website and Instagram highlighting each Adventure Leader (optional).
***The application fee is refundable if the application is not submitted or a refund is requested by September 1st. All students that demonstrate interest and complete the application will be accepted into the program.
This is a year-long program split into 2-payments
Fall $350 September - December
Spring $425 January - May
(Monthly payment plan available)
*Includes monthly leadership trainings on the 2nd Fridays of every month, discounts on team-building trips and adventures, and when available, no-cost participation in events as a LEADER for HFAC events.
As mentioned above and outside of our regular monthly meet-ups, we will also participate in exciting outdoor adventures together. These are highly recommended but optional, and an additional cost.
*These trips are available a' la carte if you do not want to participate in the entire program
Please inquire about financial assistance or the optional fundraising if needed.
*Seasonal LEADERSHIP T-Shirts for each group member in September and January
*End of the year, full written report will be given to the Adventure Leader about their year, strengths, accomplishments, areas of improvement, and recommendations
*End-of-the-year Party where each participant will receive an individualized award and Adventure Leader Certificate
*Work and College Reference Letters available
Ready to Apply?
We welcome you!
Please fill out the form below to receive a link to the application. The application will be released on July 5th and will consist of a questionnaire and instructions for the applicant video interview submission.
Just have some questions?
No problem! Fill out the form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
Only interested in a' la carte adventures and not the whole program?
Let us know on the form below!
*Each group will have a maximum of 12 students
Your application fee is fully refundable up to 7 days after payment. If you decide that this program is not for you, we are happy to send a full refund.