Registration for the Autumn 2012 season of ARK in Hamilton is now open. You can follow the registation links from the Hamilton page
We are also in need of parent volunteers
for all the hours, mostly in the form of group coaches. If you are interested, please check the volunteer box on the registration form. Even if you cannot make every week during the season, we would still very much like to hear from you.
The cost for this season of ARK remains the same at $90 for 12 weeks. (Late registration is $105 after September 2nd).
We're making a few changes to the program next season. Nothing major - the program itself remains the same. But if you are interested, have a further read.
Age limit changes to ARK
We are dropping the age range of ARK to 6-14 years old (previously 6-16). The few kids who now fall outside that range, but who still want to be involved with the program may like to think about volunteering
with the program to get those volunteer hours up. You still get to take part in the fun of ARK, whilst passing on your wisdom to a new breed of Adventure Running Kids!
Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm slot
To cope with continuing demand, we are opening this hour as well. Currently we only have 15 spots available, but will extend that to 30 if we get enough volunteers to help with that hour.
To keep things interesting, we will be running out of three different locations this season. This enables our station coaches to set more varied exercises to continually challenge the kids in fun, muddy and different ways. All locations will be well known to current participants. We start at Canterbury Hills, then move to Sanctuary Park and finally Chedoke Golf Course to round out the season.
Discontinuation of the winter season
This is going to disappoint our keenest ARK kids, but we have decided to discontinue the ARK winter season. The 2011 season actually had a reduction in registrations and we feel the season doesn't make the best use of our volunteer resources. Having a longer break in the winter allows us to focus our energy better on the Spring and Autumn programs, which are far more popular and also on the expansion of the ARK programs in Kitchener-Waterloo and Niagara.
In it's place, we are making the ARK Snow Day
a bigger and better experience in a location where we can be confident in getting 'winter conditions'. Stay tuned.
Every other hour (Wed 5:30 & 6:30 and Thurs 6:30) will be capped at 60 kids for the hour (provided we have enough volunteer support) and we will be quite strict with this cap from here on in. From an environmental, safety, enjoyment and logistics/parking perspective, we find that 60 kids in an hour is what works best - any larger and groups become harder to manage and parking becomes an issue (as I'm sure you all seen this season). Some of these hours to sell out and some of them quickly based on queries about the program I continue to receive.
We are dropping the age limit of ARK Attack to 10-14 years old and registration for the program is for the full season - September 2011 through June 2012 and the cost is $240. Registration for this program is now separate and will be available soon. ARK Attack only runs on Wednesday nights, but in either hourly slot.
If your kids are feeling like they have 'outgrown' ARK and are looking for more of a challenge, ARK Attack may be for them. More information on the program, including who it would be approprite for is here
This Autumn we are introducing the 'next step' in our kids adventure running training programs. Dontgetlost Juniors is for kids 13+ who are ready to bring their Adventure Running to the next level. Some basic information is available on our website here