Frequently Asked Questions

My Dad and I have never camped before. Can someone teach us?

Absolutely! No prior experience is required.

What are the physical requirements?

The typical son and dad are well suited to participate in the program. Events are specifically designed to be fun and allow the dad to share an outdoor activity with his son. The camping trips are reasonably challenging, but are designed to be within the abilities of the vast majority of modern dad's abilities.

Camping Equipment Needs?

We periodically hold classes to discuss equipment needs, but it is usually basic camping items that you may already possess. HATS® sometimes loans equipment for activities like backpacking. Tents and other camping gear can be rented. Canoes are rented at the river/lake so there is no need to buy one.

Time requirements?

  • You will be invited to go on 2-3 campouts per year.
  • Organizational meetings are held before a campout to make sure everyone has the proper information.
  • Occasional special one-day events like orienteering or indoor rock-climbing.
  • There are no monthly meetings.
  • Attendance is not mandatory at any of the HATS® functions, but the teams benefit from each activity they attend.

Any special rules?
  • Only dads [what about step-fathers?] can bring their own sons to the functions. (Sorry, no substitutes)
  • Dads are expected to act as mature role-models for their sons as well as for the other.
  • Son/Dad teams.Son/Dad teams sleep in one tent. This is not a weekend "sleepover' for the boys or a "boy's night out" for the dads.

Are there bathrooms on the campouts?

Restroom facilities vary depending on the location of the campout and the activity. Learning how to address physical needs is part of the camping experience.


What do we eat?
Teams usually bring their food to campouts. Dinner is usually cooked over a common fire pit.


What do we wear?

Apparel will vary with the activity and the weather. All this and more is addressed at the organizational meetings.