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  • It’s pretty simple: resilient kids turn into successful, well-adjusted, happy adults. We’re on a mission to cultivate resilience in all kids, regardless of their life circumstances.

OUR STORY

In 2018, I was the captain of a U.S. Navy warship. More than 100 of the strongest people I’ll ever know were under my care and leadership during that time.

When you think about a ship of young Sailors in the U.S. Navy, you might find yourself thinking about 18-25-year-old adventurers; muscle-bound, athletic, and brimming for a fight.

What you might NOT naturally consider is that almost half of those serving in the U.S. military have children. Our “warrior elite” are also moms and dads.

As Captain, I knew that the warship’s “operational readiness” was immediately tied to our Sailors’ “family readiness”. And so I went to work.

I wanted to make certain that our military families had the tools to raise children resilient enough to endure the hardships of family separation. I talked to every expert I could find. Stanford University Bing Nursery, University of South Dakota Medical School, Fleet and Family Readiness Services, and a countless number of other childhood development experts. I asked them simply, “What can parents do to help their children thrive despite the burdens of military life?”

I thought the experts would reply with a library of esoteric meanderings which I would somehow need to translate into everyday wisdom. As it turns out, the answer to my question was as plain as it was elegant.

“On all those days when you are not deployed or preparing to deploy, take your children outside, and play together."

As simple as it seems, this was the advice of nearly every expert. Playing outside -particularly in wilderness spaces- requires careful thought and planning. The “great outdoors” has not yet been cultivated to cater to humanity’s every step.

Parents can build resilience in their children through the process of planning, discussing, executing, and revisiting the memory of a shared adventure.

When a child learns to plan, discuss, execute, and revisit the memory of an adventure, they are strengthening a foundation of self-reliance and resilience. This process reorients a child’s mind to consider obstacles as challenges to be overcome rather than circumstances over which they have no control.

Following two years of responding and recovering from the worst viral pandemic in living memory, there has never been a more appropriate time to focus on these fundamental, resilience-building principles.

The stuff of a child’s strength, courage, and grit are found in cold mountain air, salty sea water, and the warm embrace of their grown-up’s hug.

  • RESEARCH-BACKED

    Our clinically-vetted Waypoint Kits are backed by research in child psychology to ensure your kids are building resiliency while enjoying the fun of outdoor adventure.

  • LIFELONG IMPACTS

    Unlike other subscription boxes that leave behind crafts to eventually just throw away, Chimney Trail kits will leave behind lifelong skills in your kids to help them grow into resilient adults.

  • STRENGTHENED BONDS

    Adventuring together is at the heart of creating strong core memories. We give you the tools and confidence to embark on any family adventure that comes your way.

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"My wife loved the box! She's always trying to drag us outside. Hoping to take our foster kids out camping when it gets warmer, definitely not something they have done before."

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