How does the Gaisce Adventure Journey Award work?
We run this event at our beautiful Wicklow partner venue at Tipi Adventures Rathdrum.
The Award requirements are the following:
- The journey, with an agreed purpose, should be undertaken ideally in small teams of between four and ten people.
- All the team members should be involved in the planning and preparation.
- Groups must stay in a self-catering hostel, camping, or other suitable pre-approved form of accommodation, and you must cook at least one substantial meal per day.
- The journey can take place on land or water. You can travel by your own physical efforts (foot, cycle, canoe, etc), by animal (horse, camel, etc) or by other non-motorised assistance (sail, etc).
- You must source and transport all gear and equipment that they will require with them on the journey
- The days on the adventure journey must be consecutive and must involve going directly from point to point. The group must spend the entire specified period of time exclusively on the adventure journey. An exception to this can be made for the Bronze Award where looped walks are acceptable.
- All Adventure Journeys where participants under the age of 18 should be supervised and evaluated by the PAL or an Adventure Journey Supervisor
There are 3 levels of award bronze, silver and gold. Each award requires a different level of time and commitment. There are also different minimum ages for each award:
- Bronze – the minimum age is 15
- Silver – the minimum age is 16
- Gold – the minimum age is 17
The maximum age for all awards is 25 – you can take part up to the day before your 26th birthday. You don’t need to achieve the Bronze Award before attempting Silver, or achieve the Silver Award before trying for Gold.
To achieve the Bronze Award you must:
- Undertake a 2-day, 1-night adventure journey in a group, covering a minimum total distance of:
– 25km to 35km (walking)
To achieve the Silver Award you must:
- Undertake a 3-day, 2-night adventure journey in a group, covering a minimum total distance of:
– 50km to 79km (walking)
To achieve the Gold Award you must:
- Undertake a 4-day, 3-night adventure journey in a group, covering a minimum total distance of:
– 80km to 110km (walking)
What is included?
- Venue Sourcing
- Event Planning
- Complementary school visit by one of our guides to run through what is to be expected and what to bring.
- Hiking in the wild Wicklow mountains between 25 – 110km over 1.5 – 4 days (depending on award level)
- Camping venue organasied for group (added cost)
- Onsite instructor available overnight in case of emergencies.
- Highly experienced and suitably qualified outdoor leaders (Ratio 1: 15)
- Professional An Gaisce Leaders. Each of our leaders will make the difference in the smooth running of your President’s Award outdoor activities, by providing complete, professional support from beginning to end.
What is not included?
- Camping venue cost
- Food & Cooking utensils
- Hiking Boots (All students will need some form of hiking boot as this is undertaken on very uneven surfaces. Any without suitable footwear or runners will be not allowed on the trip)
- Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
- Suitable hiking rucksack
How can it help your team?
The Gaisce Adventure Journey offers a number of important skills of the participants:
- Learning to make real decisions and accept real consequences
- Obtaining a sense of achievement and satisfaction by overcoming challenges and obstacles
- Developing self-reliance and independence
- Experiencing and appreciating the outdoor environment and gaining the knowledge and skills to journey safely in that environment
- Recognising the needs and strengths of others
- Developing and enhancing leadership skills
- Improving planning and organisational ability and attention to detail
Key Team Benefits:
- Communication skills
- Well Being
- Logical problem solving
- Project management
- Time management
- Team dynamics
- Leadership skills
- Shared experience
- Group cohesion