Our Activities

NorthStar Adventure at Dutch Springs has a full slate of activities designed to meet the needs of any group. We can mix and match our existing programs to meet the needs of your group or work with you to come up with a custom program specifically designed to match your goals.

Team 101

Team 101 is a great introductory program for students who have potential to work with others, but have not yet realized it. This program focuses on the aspects of all-around teamwork and can be amended to meet the needs, ages and physical abilities of each group.

Sun Down/Sun Up

In “SDSU” the program packages any of our programs and camping or Sky Splash and camping in one convenient and cost-effective package.

Sky Splash

Sky Splash combines a half-day of hands-on learning with our custom team-development program and the enjoyment of swimming and other water-based activities at Dutch Springs Aqua Park. We also offer a lunch package for all participants, making this a complete day that provides a hassle-free day for group leaders and activity organizers who can count on our team to deliver a worry-free outing for your group or organization.

Climb High

This is a high-adventure activity that instills confidence and self-esteem as participants learn how to belay others and be belayed as they rappel our 35-feet climbing wall. In this program we focus more of your time and energy on high adventure fun. This activity can also be combined with our more traditional, low-course elements for a more complete learning experience.

Huddle-Up!

This sports-oriented program is designed for each group based on the specific sport the participants play. From lacrosse to basketball to field hockey to swimming you request, we provide a focused activity that uses the terminology and activities of each individual sport with an eye to improving teamwork. But the real score is the activity debriefing, where we help your team members transfer their newfound skills right back to the field, court or pool.

Dog-Mushing

One of the most unique programs in the region, North Star Adventure’s Dog-Mushing program ties into the popularity of Alaska’s annual Iditarod Race – the world’s longest dog-team race as participants mush over 1,200 miles to recreate the celebrated mushing trail from Seward to Nome that played a vital role in the settlement of the 49th state. Though what is billed as the world’s toughest race often features sled teams of 16 dogs that eat about 2,500 pounds of food during the two-week event contested in temperatures as cold as 60-degrees below zero (Fahrenheit).

Led by North Star’s Kari Hunyadi in cooperation with her Siberian and Alaskan Huskies, our course is not nearly so challenging but a lot more fun. Kari brings her own dogs and guides participants as they learn:

  1. How sled dogs are trained
  2. What dogs are best for each type of mushing
  3. What dogs eat
  4. What the musher wears
  5. What is carried on the sled and what first aid might be needed by the dogs.
  6. The parts of the sled and mushing vocabulary.
  7. The history of Iditarod, Yukon Quest and other local sled dog races.
  8. Weight-pulling competitions.

In addition, all participants will enjoy a chance to speak with a seasoned dog-musher and meet the dog, approach them and interact with them; see the sled in action and have a chance to pull each other. Due to weather conditions in Pennsylvania and our concern for the health of our canine coaches, this program is only offered from September through May.