Aim: To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a journey in a group.
Ethos: This section seeks to provide participants with a unique, challenging and memorable experience. The journey, with an agreed purpose, should be undertaken in a small team in an unfamiliar environment, requiring determination, physical effort, perseverance and cooperation to complete.
Benefits: The Adventurous Journey has some key benefits, some examples being enhancing leadership skills, improving organisational ability and attention to detail, or developing self reliance and independence.
Requirements: Adventurous Journeys can take place on land or water, in teams of no fewer than four and no more than seven. All journeys should be supervised and assessed by experienced adults. On completion, participants are required to present a report to their assessor. This report can be written, photographic, verbal, a video diary, or by other imaginative means. There are several steps that must be taken to be prepared for the Adventurous Journey:
- Initial Briefing - Sets expectations and outlines the nature of an Adventurous Journey
- Preparation and Training - Ensures participants learn the necessary skills to safely journey in an unfamiliar environment (First Aid, Route Planning, Navigation, Camp Craft, Team Building, Mode of Travel, etc.)
- Practice Journeys - At least one to prepare the team for their independent journey
- Qualifying Journey and Debrief - Independent team journey, with a debrief led by the Assessor immediately after completion
- Review and Presentation - Participants report on their purpose and journey