The Adventurous Journey encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a journey in a group.
As part of a small team, you will plan, train for and undertake a journey which gives you a deeper understanding of the environment and great outdoors. Explore the countryside, spend time away with your friends, and enjoy an experience you won't forget.
You’ll plan, train for, and do an expedition, spending two days and one night away. You can choose how you want to travel – it doesn’t have to be on foot. You could do it by bike, canoe, kayak, or even on a paddleboard!
Benefits include working as part of a team, enhancing your leadership skills , improving your planning and organisational ability, learning to make real decisions and accept real consequences , obtaining a sense of achievement by overcoming challenges and obstacles, developing self-reliance and independence, experiencing and appreciating the outdoor environment, and gaining the appropriate knowledge and skills to journey safely in that environment
Types of Adventurous Journey:
- Expedition, where the primary focus is the journeying, with less effort put into research and gathering information.
- Exploration, where the primary focus is to observe and collect information relevant to a stated purpose.
- Form a group of 4-7 people
- Decide on your aim, type of journey, appropriate area and mode of travel
- Undertake necessary training
- Plan and prepare the paperwork for your Practice Journey
- Go on a Practice Journey to show your Adventurous Journey Supervisor you have the necessary skills
- Plan and prepare for your Qualifying Journey with feedback from your Adventurous Journey Supervisor
- Your Adventurous Journey Supervisor will check your final plans
- Your Adventurous Journey Assessor will check you have met the 15 requirements (see below)
- Go on your Qualifying Journey with your Adventurous Journey Supervisor and Adventurous Journey Assessor
- Your Adventurous Journey Assessor will debrief you and explain your presentation and report guidelines
- Group presentation focusing on the aim of your Qualifying Journey
- Assessment of group report and final section sign off
Preparation and Training
Training is required to ensure you undertake your journeys safely, and is delivered by a suitably experienced adult. You will be trained in the aims of the Adventurous Journey, first aid and emergency procedures, necessary equipment and how to use it, route planning, navigation, camp craft, team building, and observing and recording skills. These training sessions will take place either during lunch breaks or after school.
- All journeys must have a clearly defined aim
- There muse be no fewer than 4 or no more than 7 group members
- All participants must have undergone suitable training
- All group members must be involved in planning and preparation
- All participants mist undertake at least one Practice Journey
- All journeys take place on land or water, and all members travel in a way that requires their own effort
- The environment chosen must be unfamiliar to all group members
- All members must undertake a minimum of 6 hours of purposeful effort each day (Bronze)
- On an Expedition, two thirds of purposeful effort must be spent journeying
- On an Exploration, one third of purposeful effort is spent journeying, the remainder working towards the aim
- All journeys must be supervised and assessed by suitable and experienced adults
- Accommodation must be in portable tents or simple self catering accommodation such as hostels or huts
- All members must carry enough equipment, water and food to be completely self sufficient
- All members must prepare and consume a substantial meal each day
- Upon completion of the Qualifying Journey, the team must deliver a report to the Assessor