The Adventurous Journey encourages a spirit of adventure and discovery while planning and undertaking a journey with a small team of peers. Teams work together to set a clear and challenging goal that is achievable and defines what activities they will be doing throughout their journey. This may include researching, investigating and/or exploring the natural world.
The main purpose of the AJ is teamwork through planning and undertaking the Practice and Qualifying Journeys while working through real challenges posed by the wider environment. The AJ can take place in urban, rural or wilderness environments. It’s not just a camping trip, teams may choose to discover local features, cycle between cities, explore historical sites or learn more about the environment. The possibilities are endless!
The AJ requires initiative, communication and perseverance. It provides teams with a sense of accomplishment, self-reliance and discovery. With suitable training, planning and supervision, the AJ section aims to safely take young people out of their comfort zone and promotes experiencing new challenges in a team setting.
- Connect with others, building relationships and improving interpersonal skills.
- Build an appreciation and respect for different environments and cultures through personal experience.
- Improve decision-making skills, risk management and the ability to overcome unexpected real-life challenges.
- Develop perseverance, determination and leadership.
- Increase confidence, creativity and resilience.
- Understand the value of shared responsibility for success through teamwork, self-reliance and cooperation.
- Improve planning, organizational ability and attention to detail.
- Practice personal and group performance reflection.
- Participate in memorable adventures and valuable learning opportunities.
Adventurous Journey Library of ExamplesWithin this library, you'll find a wealth of knowledge, ideas, completed templates/resources to reference and real-life examples of Adventurous Journeys, all to help inspire and assist in your journey planning. Learn from the experiences of young adventurers who have blazed trails and immersed themselves in the vibrant heart of cities.
Walking trip to explore and create community art
Walking through Montreal, Quebec, on a Bronze urban journey, our team is set to explore the city’s community art landscape. The journey is aimed at improving our travel skills, by combining walking and public transit, all while actively exploring local art installations. Through surveys and interviews with bystanders, our goal is to understand the community art projects and to build our own art project.Read more
Trip to learn about local Indigenous cultures
Learning more about local Indigenous cultures, practices and music in Corner Brook, Newfoundland by visiting local Indigenous events, cultural spaces and speaking with people in these spaces. Our goal is to create an Indigenous centric playlist as a team to share with classmates.Learn more
Biking trip to photograph local birds
Biking the rail trail from Cambridge to Hamilton, Ontario to learn more about different local bird species. Our goal is to create a team bird journal featuring photos and a few fun facts about the birds we find on our route.Learn more
Journey researching public accessibility
Taking public transit in Calgary to visit local businesses and research their accessibility. Our goal is to compile a list and photograph buildings in different areas to gauge the different levels of accessibility, e.g. location of buttons, ramps, bathrooms.Learn more
Biking trip to examine public spaces and their uses
Biking through the city of Vancouver by visiting a series of different public spaces and examining how they are used and their purpose.Learn more
Stage 1: Planning & Preparation
All AJ team members work together to plan and prepare for the journey with the support of at least one adult (this may include their Award Leader, AJ Assessor and/or AJ Supervisor).
Together, the team decides on a mode of travel, a team goal and an environment where they can safely travel. Teams train, plan and prepare to make sure they have the skills and resources they need to safely complete their journey.
Stage 1: Helpful Resources & Best Practices
Stage 2 – Do the Journey: Practice Journey & Qualifying Journey
The Practice Journey serves as a preparatory adventure undertaken by the team, with guidance from the adult(s) involved in delivery. It is designed to ensure that the team is adequately prepared, well-trained, and equipped with the necessary skills and resources for a safe and successful Qualifying Journey.
The Qualifying Journey provides the team with a chance to apply their acquired skills and knowledge to undertake a challenging and achievable journey. They will demonstrate their ability to collaborate effectively and safely work together to achieve their chosen goal.
Stage 2: Best Practices
Stage 3 – Review & Debrief the Journey
The final stage of the Adventurous Journey is to review and learn from the experience. The team debriefs each stage with their AJ Supervisor and/or Assessor to determine what went well, what could be improved, what was learnt and the impact of the journey on the team. When and how the debrief is completed is decided by the team and the AJ Supervisor/Assessor.