Adventurous Journey

/_uploads/images/icons/Adventurous-Journey.png   About the Adventurous Journey 

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure and self-discovery whilst planning and undertaking a journey with a group. Your Award Leader can provide you with more information on different types of Journeys and what may be available to you. Some of these options may include virtual or semi-virtual trips, signing up with a Trained Activity Provider, or planning an Urban Exploration. Connect with your Award Leader for more info! 

Before embarking on your Journey, please be sure to read the Adventurous Journey requirements and submit your journey for approval from your Award Leader. If you have any questions or concerns about your trip meeting the requirements contact your Award Leader or Award Officer for your region.

Adventurous Journey Stages: 

There are 5 stages to an Adventurous Journey. Each part must be done with your team, have a clearly defined aim/goal, be assessed by a suitable adult and be completed as a distinct activity for the Adventurous Journey to be considered “complete.” 

  1. Initial Preparation: participants decide on the aim as a team, location, and mode of travel.  
  2. Journey preparation and training: participants undertake suitable training for their journey such as map reading, risk management, first aid, camping equipment etc. 
  3. Practice Journey(s): participants take on at least one Practice Journey to ensure they will be successful and self-sufficient as a team on the Qualifying Journey. 
  4. Qualifying Journey: participants work as a team throughout their journey to achieve their aim.  
  5. Journey Review and AJ Report: participants work together to debrief all stages of the journey and complete an Adventurous Journey Report that is presented to their Assessor.

Adventurous Journeys 13 Requirements: 

  1. Clearly defined aim (a purpose with a desired outcome) 
  2. AJ group size must be between 4-8 peers 
  3. All group members must have undergone suitable training  
  4. All group members must be involved in the planning, preparation and implementation of their Practice and Qualifying Journeys 
  5. Groups must complete at least one Practice Journey 
  6. All Journeys are through own physical effort, on land or water (motorized transportation cannot be used throughout the Journey)  
  7. Journey environment must be new and unfamiliar to all group members 
  8. Minimum time spent on purposeful effort each day (6 hours at Bronze, 7 hours at Silver, 8 hours at Gold) 
  9. Suitable Assessor and Supervisor chosen 
  10. Accommodations are self-sufficient (tent, hut etc.) with little or no amenities 
  11. Sufficient equipment and supplies are packed and group equipment is shared out 
  12. Substantial meal prepared and consumed each day of the journey 
  13. Adventurous Journey Report submitted to Assessor once completed  


AJ Duration by Level:  

Level                             Practice Journey                                   Qualifying Journey                   Purposeful activity each day  
 Bronze   1 day (night out optional)   2 days, 1 night   6 hours
 Silver   1 day, 1 night   3 days, 2 nights  7 hours 
 Gold   1 day, 1 night   4 days, 3 nights   8 hours 

Types of Adventurous Journeys 

An Expedition is a “journey with a purpose” - the primary focus is on the journeying.  More time is devoted to journeying with less effort put into research and gathering information.  
Expedition Example Aim: To canoe along the Stagg River in the Northwest Territories to Stagg Lake. Each day we will paddle 20-30 km and camp at a designated area. We will utilize basic paddling techniques and add a stroke every day that will help us with navigating the wind and water patterns to ensure we reach out campsite before nightfall. We will keep a journal of route, weather observations and paddling skills learned, these will be included in our journey report along with an analysis of the best paddling technique to navigate the Stagg. 

An Exploration is a “purpose with a journey” in which the primary focus is to observe and collect information relevant to the purpose.  More time is spent on this, and less time is devoted to getting from one place to another.  
Exploration Example Aim:  To study Gros Morne as a National Park and its impact on the different communities that lie within its boundaries. We will conduct pre-trip research on the National park including landforms, wildlife, vegetation and communities. During our trip we will hike Gros Mornes Mountain to the backcountry campground and travel daily by hiking or canoeing throughout the area conducting interviews, exploring and detailing unique landforms, and will work with a geologist to help us study plants, soil, rocks etc. We will submit our findings in our AJ report at the completion of our trip. 

AJ Checklists can be found here and Adventurous Journey Report Template here. All journeys will adhere to the Wilderness Code of Behaviour as outlined. 

Last updated October 2020