Adult Programs FAQ

When will we get detailed schedule for reBOOT and final itinerary for reTREAT?

reBOOT: reBOOTers can see the reBOOT Walk Schedule (with general area of walks) and reBOOT Partner Add-ons, right now on the reBOOT event page. You will get your first official reBOOT email 48 hours before the reBOOT kicks off. This email will have the reBOOT schedule with exact information on locations, and extra info you need to know. reBOOTers can also expect a daily email (starting 2 days before reBOOT) with updates and inspiration from the trail.

reTREATers will receive a detailed itinerary, packing list and Lexington info 2 weeks prior to the scheduled reTREAT.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have burning questions that are not answered here.

Will I be able to keep up with the hiking pace and fitness level?

The reBOOTs and RECESS are right for your fitness level if:

  • You can maintain a walking pace of 3 to 5 mph

  • You are ok with trails that can be rooty, rocky and rugged with the occasional climbs and descents.

  • You are free of any injury or illness that could impair your ability to walk safely and comfortably on trails and city sidewalks.

  • You are willing and game to get your heart pumping and your muscles working.

  • The pace for our walks is steady and supportive but we do adhere to a tight schedule so people can partake in walks and then get on with their ‘to do’s’.

The reTREATs are right for your fitness level if:

  • You are familiar and comfortable hiking mountain trails with occasional stream crossings, steep climbs/descents, loose, crumbly, slick footing, rock scrambling and other unforeseen obstacles.

  • You are free of any injury or illness that could impair your ability to walk safely and comfortably on trails and city sidewalks.

  • You are fine carrying a day pack with your own water, clothing layers and creature comforts.

  • Your mountain pace is between 2- 4 mph. We normally have two guides so one can lead a faster pace and the other a slower pace.

If you have concerns about your safety and abilities, we ask that you reach out to us to discuss suitability.

Do you reschedule if the weather is bad?

What are the refund policies?

Our primary concerns are you, your safety, and that you have a positive experience! We proceed on our hikes in light rain but if the weather is dangerous or awful, we pivot. For  reBOOTs and RECESS, we will try to re-schedule any missed hikes. For the reTREATs, we provide all sorts of information on cool, cultural things to do in lieu of hiking or while we wait out the storm. 

RECESS refund policy: We will proceed in a drizzle but either re-schedule or cancel and refund (less $10 admin/credit card fee) RECESSers if the weather is awful and we are unable to reschedule

reBOOT: If you have registered for the reBOOT and have to cancel prior to the issuance of the detailed reBOOT information (typically one week prior to start of reBOOT), we will refund your payment less $10 admin/credit card fee. We will issue a partial refund if you cancel between issuance of detailed reBOOt info and start of reBOOT. No refunds issued once reBOOT has begun.


  • Full payment is expected at time of registration.

  • If you have to cancel your spot 30 days prior to your scheduled Elements reTREAT, we will offer a refund less a $50 admin & cancellation fee.

  • If you have to cancel within 30 days of your scheduled reTREAT, we are unable to offer a refund unless we can pull a participant from an existing waitlist.



    • If we reschedule a reTREAT (due to weather or personnel issues) and the new dates work for your schedule, we will forward your registration fee to the newly scheduled date in lieu of a refund.

    • Elements will fully refund registered participants if we have to cancel a reTREAT.



    • Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the refund policy of the reTREAT partner hotel. The George Hotel in Lexington has a 72 hour cancellation policy.

How many people come on the walks?

reBOOT walks typically have from 3 to 10 people per walk.

The number of RECESS participants varies depending on the adventure.

Our minimum number for reTREATs is 6 and our cap is 12

What should I wear & carry?

Our Elements mantra is always dress and prepare for the weather. With that in mind we ask everyone carry their own water, creature comforts (sunblock, sunglasses, hat) and rain/wind jacket.

For our RECESS and reBOOTs we recommend exercise clothes and running shoes or trail shoes.

For our reTREATS, we will send a detailed packing list but in a nutshell, we ask everyone to carry a day pack and be prepared with layers:

  • SYNTHETIC BASE LAYER: Something close to the skin that wicks away moisture.

  • INSULATING LAYER: Something fluffy and downy.

  • PROTECTIVE LAYER: Something to keep the wind, water, and snow out.

  • HEAD, HANDS AND FEET: Hat, gloves or mittens, warm socks, and good boots.

What's the phone policy?

Use of phones are discouraged during The Elements D.C. adventures. Our goal is to unplug, be present in the moment, and engage in our surroundings. If you need to have a phone with you (as most adults do), we ask that you put the ringer to silent or vibrate; and refrain from making calls or texts until the end of the outing. All instructors have cell phones and walkie talkies for emergency purposes.

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Kids Programs FAQ

What are the rules for kids programs?

Simply put: be safe, smart & respectful.

1) Always stay with your group and always be in sight of your site-leader.

2) Treat peers, crew, the land, and its visitors with respect.

3) Do not put yourself or others in a situation that could endanger you or them.

What happens if there is a behavioral issue?

We keep our rules positive, simple and straightforward but we also understand that our Flurries and Blizzards have had a full day of school and have been on-task all day. Elements is a great place to let off some pent up energy in a safe and respectful manner to all. Sometimes our crew use conversation to rein in behavior we deem inappropriate or disrespectful. If the crew needs further support, they radio the Elements Site Leader and if misbehavior persists, we contact parents and work towards a common, positive solution. We strive hard to provide a positive experience for each child however we do not specialize in serving children with significant emotional, social or behavioral problems. If available and necessary, we can sometimes provide one to one crew to camper support for certain participants. If we resort to this approach, we will need to charge an additional fee. Open communication and transparency are key. Please reach out to us via email to discuss potential challenges.

My child is nervous about being in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. What does Elements do to put kids at ease?

We understand that the woods, especially on a cold, grey, wintry afternoon, can be overwhelming. Our Elements Crew goes through training and part of that experience is instruction on how to introduce the kids to the magic of the woods in a positive way. When your child arrives at each session, they get a warm welcome and check in with the Site Leader. They are then introduced to their Crew Counselor and Small Group. They will be with this Crew Counselor and in their Small Group for the bulk of their Elements Sessions. The Flurries and Blizzards typically make fast friends with their Crew, Small Group and the woods.

I want to register a few of my kids but some are Flurries and others are Blizzards. Are locations near each other?

Yes! We try to keep our Blizzards and Flurries in the same parks but with slightly different drop off/pick up locations. Usually the location is just a block away or an easy walk for parents to get to.  

How do you deal with safety issues?

  1. Training: All crew go through a mandatory Elements Training where common safety issues are addressed.

  2. Communication: All crew carry Elements issued walkie talkies and cell phones so that we can easily communicate any safety concerns.

  3. Minor Injuries: Each crew  and the Site Leader carry basic First Aid equipment

  4. Tiered supervision & safety in numbers: Each session has a SIte Leader who is available to support the crew. The crew closely supervise their Small Group and we find that there is safety in our numbers.

What is the weather policy?

While we embrace the elements, we will always be safe. We closely follow the weather reports from National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

  • For our 2020 season we are testing out 75 minute sessions (instead of 60) but if temps are in teens or below, we will ask that Flurries and Blizzards get picked up at 5:30.

  • If there is a forecast for heavy rains, thunder, and/or lightning, we will cancel for that session and try to re-schedule.

  • If there is a forecast for high windswe will most likely continue since most of our locations have meadows where we can gather and play. If the forecast calls for severe gusts (over 50mph) we will cancel and try to re-schedule.

  • If the roads are impassable due to snow or ice, we will cancel.

  • If dangerous weather presents during an Elements’ session please come to the pick up location early. DO NOT WAIT FOR A CALL OR EMAIL. We will gather the kids either at our pick-up location or shelter in situ.

Our foremost priority is the safety of the kids and crew.

What should kids wear to their session and what should they do with their backpack if they carpool?

Dressing for the elements is no different than getting ready for sports team practice. Coach will not let you play if you don’t have your pads or mouth guard! If your kiddo arrives and isn’t dressed for the conditions, we will need to send him/her home (but welcome them back if they can scramble) for the right attire. It is imperative (and lots more fun) to be dressed for what Mama Nature sends our way!

Our policy is to always dress for the weather and to factor in that the temps drop with the sun! Be prepared with lots of layers! Here are some suggestions:

  • SYNTHETIC BASE LAYER: Something close to the skin that wicks away moisture

  • INSULATING LAYER: Something fluffy and downy

  • PROTECTIVE LAYER: Something to keep the wind, water (rain pants and rain coat) and snow (snow pants and coat) out.

  • HEAD, HANDS, AND FEET: Hat, gloves or mittens, warm socks and good waterproof boots.

  • CARPOOLERS: Kiddos can store school backpacks in Site Leader's car during the session.

Is there anything else I should do to make sure my child is prepared? 

Yes! Please be sure to explain the Elements program to your child. They should understand that we will proceed in the elements: rain and shine, snow and cold, dusk and dark. If they are dressed for the weather and embrace the winter elements, we can promise that fun and friendship will follow!

We also ask that they have a healthy snack before they arrive at their session. We have some kids with allergies so do not serve any snack (Except for the occasional Peppermint Pattie!)

There are NO bathroom facilities at the parks. We will call parents if there is a bathroom situation that requires an early pick up.

What is your teaching method/philosophy?

We embrace individuality and celebrate the qualities and characteristics of each child. Knowing that kids flourish in different ways, we follow the “Challenge by Choice” approach to teaching. We provide leadership, encouragement instruction, and support. We embrace personal growth and communal citizenship. Our goal is that after each session in the woods, your child will be in their own element! They will feel confident, energized, and more knowledgeable about themselves, their peers, and their park. They will be ready to take on the world (or their homework).

Logistical, location specific questions? 

All our registered parents receive a Logistics Email that is specific to your location a week prior to our season. It will include the name and contact information of your Site Leader, as well as specific information regarding your child's site and session. That said, we are more than happy to answer your questions now. Just shoot us an email. 

Are electronics allowed?

Use of electronic devices are not allowed during The Elements adventures. Our goal is for the kiddos to have an hour to unplug, be present, and engage in our surroundings. If your child needs to have a cell phone, we ask that you put the ringer silent or vibrate. All instructors have cell phones and walkie talkies for emergency purposes.

What time is our Elements session and what if we are late or participant is sick?

We ask that you do your best to have the kids to the park on time, between 4:15 and 4:30. We have a lot to do in a short period of time and it is tricky to find us once we are woodland bound. If you arrive after 4:30, please call or text the Site Leader and he/she can direct you to where we will be stationed. We will bring the kids back to the trail head at 5:45.

Please email or text Site Leader in advance if your child is sick or has a scheduling conflict.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?


    • If your child needs to cancel before December 31st,  we will provide a refund, less a $75 admin fee. Please let us know in writing via email to

    • If your child needs to cancel after December 31st we are unable to provide a refund. Please let us know in writing via email to

    • If we are unable to accept a registered or waitlisted child, we will provide a full refund.


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