Where is Chad?

Where is Chad?


– Well you know it’s a serious video when it’s me sitting down and talking. But, if it’s the two of us siting down and talking, that’s like… – Even more serious. – It’s really serious. – We decided it was best to clue you guys in on what’s been going on a little bit with Chad and why Ruby and I are in a hotel room right now in Phoenix Arizona. (tires screeching) (upbeat music) – You know what Kevin? – [Kevin] What? – I can smell his cologne. (laughing) It smells good. He brought his scriptures. I asked him, I said, “You
should bring your scriptures.” And he said, “Nah, urgh.” Well you know it’s a serious video, when it’s me sitting down and talking but, if it’s the two of us
sitting down and talking it’s like… – Even more serious. – It’s really serious. – We debated whether we should talk to the viewers about what’s been going on. – We wanted to do the right thing. So we got a lot of opinions
from a lot of adults. – We decided it was
best to clue you guys in on what’s been going on a little
bit with Chad and why Ruby and I are in a hotel room
right now in Phoenix Arizona. – And it would also explain
why you haven’t seen Chad. Have any of you noticed you have not seen Chad in any of the videos? This is why. – For like a week right? – I think by the time this
video goes up it’s probably been two weeks–
– Two weeks. – Since you’ve seen Chad. Okay so I don’t even know where to begin. I feel like this all
happened so fast that I, like it was a whirlwind. I think parents will relate to this if you’ve ever been in a situation with your kids where, like
you know you have to act kind of like when your child
runs out into the road, I’ve had this experience
with each of my six kids so it’s like, traumatic and I’ve done
this with each of my kids where your child runs out into the road and you don’t have time
to emotionally process it, you just act, you just run out
there and you grab your kid and then, by the time you
get yourself and your kid to safety, then the
emotions start pouring in and you start crying and you realize how close you came to losing your kid. That’s what I feel like
I’m experiencing now like, the last two weeks have
just been like go, go, go do it, this is what we’re doing and now that we’re sitting
in the hotel and I have like Chad’s bag of belongings,
now the emotions can set in and now I can cry. I haven’t let myself do that yet. – Okay so you’re probably wondering what the heck we’re talking about. Chad today has just entered
the Anasazi Foundation wilderness therapy program. Where he is going to spend
the next eight to 10 weeks living in the– – Anasazi desert. – Yeah the desert mountains of Arizona and he’ll be with
counselors and other youth that are trying to figure some things out. So you’re probably
wondering what did Chad do? Okay we’re not going to even
entertain that stuff but, it’s an accumulation of things over years well before we ever starting YouTubing or well before we ever
got into social media and it’s reached a point where Chad needs to develop some very
basic maturity and skills that he’s gonna need as an adult and– – This is a chance for like a reset. Like a start over, like a do over, like a fresh beginning. – Yeah. So the idea is with wilderness therapy, is if you can survive with
these peers in the wilderness, with nothing more than
the clothes on your back and a couple of field supplies, then there’s nothing in this
world that you can’t tackle. – We did give him a choice. The choices were limited. We had like, three or
four choices on the table and we made it clear what our
boundaries are as a family, where we’re willing to go and
what we would like to see, our expectations were very clear. And we made it clear
if these expectations, these basic everyday expectations aren’t met, if you don’t live within this parameter– – Or demonstrate just basic life skills– – Basic life skills. Basic, basic stuff that
every adult needs to learn, then this is where we’re going, you can do this, you can do this, you can do
this, these are our options. And it came to this Anasazi camp. He was like, “What is my packing list? “Like what do you pack to
go on a wilderness camp?” I don’t know. I’ve never done this before and so, I’m like let me find out, we’ll find out. And the guy says, “Oh you don’t need “to bring anything except
36 pair of underwear.” When Chad heard it he’s
like, “I really am going “to go live in the desert in my underwear! – Which he’s not. They provide everything. They provide everything
from the sleeping bag to the clothes that the kids wear– – They give them the shoes– – The backpack, the shoes. They provide the food
that they have to make– – The canteen. Like they provide
everything that you need. They do not sleep in tents,
they sleep on the bare ground– – In whatever shelter they can make– – Or if they can make a shelter, they can sleep in the shelter they make. So, if the apocalypse ever comes and the zombies come to get us, we’ll be very grateful Chad is trained in– – He’s going to learn how to make– – Survival. – A fire from sticks and kindling. We did meet these kids. A lot of these kids that
got off the trail today and to hear them talk and
hear how their experience went and to meet their parents was
both humbling and exciting and terrifying and all
of these things combined. Chad, to be honest, is excited. You know, no one’s forcing
him, no one’s dragging him. He’s actually really
looking forward to this based on the conversations that he’s had with the counselors already and, what they call the trail
walkers, these are the folks, the adults that are
out there with the kids in the field. He’s going to have an awesome experience and I can’t wait to see how he is going– – He’s going to mature out there– – After this experience– – He’s gonna have a lot, a lot of growth and a lot of time to think and decide really the quality of
person he wants to become. I’m really proud of
him, I’m really excited. We will be coming back
here in a couple of months and get to hike with him. – Yeah we’ll spend two nights out there in the wilderness with Chad. – He’s gonna show us how to get water, he gonna show us– – He’s gonna show us how to survive, he’s gonna keep us alive
is what he’s gonna do. – Yeah and they said like,
it’s like the real wilderness out there, there’s snakes,
there’s bears, there’s coyotes cougars
– Cougars. – Like it’s the real deal. – We want to Chad to have
some of those experiences– – I think close encounters
would be good for him. – Yeah because those types of experiences can teach you what’s really important– – And he’ll come home and he’ll be like, “Dude I survived and there were bears. “I can do anything.” I’m not scared at all
about that kind of stuff. What I lose sleep over is when kids start self sabotaging their own efforts. That’s the kind of stuff
that really concerns me. – Just to stick it to their teachers or to stick it to their
parents or family, that– – And the only person they’re
really hurting is themselves. – And that’s the kind of behavior that, we’re hoping this program can
help Chad correct and so– – We’re not thinking that anyone’s gonna be like fixed or
corrected but like– – Reveal it to him. – Yeah that’s a good way to say it. – Yeah because no one can fix anybody. A person has to choose if they’re going to make changes
in their lives and so, I think this experience will reveal Chad and everyone else who’s
out there, to themselves and they can learn to better themselves or just stay in the mud– – They were saying the
Anasazi way is where nature will reflect back to you,
the choices that you make. If you choose not to make a shelter, you’re just going to freeze at night. If you choose not to build a fire, or if you choose not to
humble yourself and learn how to build a fire out
of sticks and you just, eat a very cold, undelicious,
unsatisfying meal. – So bottom line, it’s
gonna be a long time before any of us sees Chad. We’ll hear from him weekly
in letters, the family will and we’ll write letters to him but, in the meantime, if
everyone could keep your thoughts and prayers
for him and our family and we’re excited how
all of us, not just Chad, but all of us are impacted and
changed by this experience. – Chad’s on the trail but at home, we’re
also going to be on a trail, we’re gonna be walking alongside of him and we’re gonna be making
commitments for us to change and for us to try to become
better parents for Chad and for our other kids
and so, we’re going to make commitments and we’re
gonna make sacrifices too and one of the things I
committed to doing today is to go to our temple once a week. – So, if you’re curious
and want to learn more, you can search Anasazi
Foundation on Google and they have a website,
lots of YouTube videos, you can check them out
and see what they’re like. This isn’t a sponsored video but we were very impressed
with this program and this is why chose
to go with this program versus any of the other many
wilderness programs out there. – We’ve always believed in
being honest with you guys, we are not into playing with
your emotions as viewers ‘cos I know you guys are
really invested in our family especially those who have
been watching us for years and I feel a responsibility
to be upfront with you and honest and I think you can handle what we’ve just
told you with respect and with grace and with understanding and without judgment. That’s what I expect from our viewers. – We’d ask that you not blow this out of proportion or make
this dramatic in any way. A lot of families,
including maybe your own have dealt with poor choices
and just the struggles and hardship of changing from
a teenager into an adult. – And if you’re from a family and I know you are, you know that there are things
that happen in your family that other people don’t know about and it’s the same with our family, there are things that happen in our family, you don’t know about– – We don’t film, we don’t share so– – So just trust us that
we’re doing what’s best. I’m really excited for Chad. – But your support for him and us, would definitely be appreciated. But we appreciate you guys watching and sticking with Ruby and I through this tremendously monotonous
video but we wanted to give you an update,
it’s important, we wanted everybody to know what happened to Chad. (tires screeching)

Danny Hutson

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