Adventurous Journeys

Although only one section of the Award, the Adventurous Journey is a memorable challenge.

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure and self-discovery while undertaking a journey with a group. Either with local classmates/peers or with a group of Participants from across the country, young people collaborate to plan and enact a challenging journey.

Participants earning their Award must complete an Adventurous Journey through trained Supervisors and Assessors. Not all Award Units choose to train staff/volunteers to deliver their own Adventurous Journey. For programs that have no trained Supervisors and Assessors, the Award USA trains and licenses outdoor providers to deliver training, practice journeys and qualifying journeys.

Open Adventurous Journey

Participants from across the country may register for an Open Adventurous Journey. The Open AJ takes place in a “camp style” format, providing training, a practice journey, and a qualifying journey for a group of Participants at one level of the Award (Bronze, Silver, Gold) during a 1-2 week timeframe. Open Adventurous Journeys are provided by trained and licensed Registered Activity Providers (RAPs) in locations around the country. Open AJs are designed by RAPs to suit each level of the Award with appropriate training, terrain, and method of travel. To register for an Open AJ or with logistics questions, contact the RAP listed.

What is a Registered Activity Provider (RAP)?

Registered Activity Providers are trained and licensed by the Award USA to offer Adventurous Journeys and/or Residential Projects. Many RAPS offer offer customized Adventurous Journeys for an Award Unit/ Award group. A local RAP may be able to provide training via after-school or weekend workshops, a weekend practice journey and another weekend qualifying journey that is in-line with Participants’ school breaks.

Many RAPs also offer the pre-planned “camp-style” open Adventurous Journeys listed on the calendar above that include the training, practice journey and qualifying journey within a 1-2 week camp. Participants in the Virtual Award Program (VAP) must complete their Adventurous Journey through one of these pre-planned camp-style Adventurous Journeys. If there is space available, an entire Award Unit or Award group can sign up for the pre-planned Adventurous Journey.

Looking for an Open Adventurous Journey?

With more than 47,000 acres of land and over 200 miles of trails, New York’s Harriman State Park provides the perfect setting for your Adventurous Journey. Over the AJ experience, alongside fellow Award Participants at the same level, you’ll be challenged to grow as a team, learn the essentials for a for a Hiking expedition and put your skills to the test on your Qualifying Journey.



Bronze Adventurous Journey

July 23rd – July 29th, 2018
Over this 7-day AJ experience, alongside your fellow Bronze Award Participants, you’ll be trained an implement new skills on your 2-day, 1-night Qualifying Journey. Find out more here and register now while space is available!

Silver Adventurous Journey

August 4th-13th, 2018
Join other Silver Award Participants on this 10-day AJ experience. Your learn and refresh your backcountry skills on the Award’s first multi-day AJ. Your AJ experience will culminate with a 3-day, 2-night Qualifying Journey. Register and learn more here. Space is limited.

Gold Adventurous Journey

August 4th-15th, 2018
Scheduled for 12 days, the Gold AJ covers more time and distance, proving to be a real challenge and serious expedition for 4 days and 3 nights! Find out more here and register now while space is available! Register and learn more here.

Get Started as a RAP

If your organization is interested in becoming a Registered Activity Provider, please register below.

    Adventurous Journey (AJ) Supervisors and Assessors are adults with experience and interest in the outdoors. An AJ Supervisor both ensures the safety of participants while on their Adventurous Journey and maintains the standards of the Award. AJ Supervisors work with the team or Participants to ensure that they are adequately trained and prepared for their Journey. An AJ Assessor is tasked with maintaining the high standards of the Award and ensuring that the conditions of the AJ are fulfilled.
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