Adventurous Journey

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants plan, train for and undertake a journey with a purpose in an unfamiliar environment.

The journey can be an exploration or an expedition but must be a challenge. The aim of this Section is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, as well as to develop their self-confidence, team work and health. Participants are taken out of their comfort zone but kept within a safe and secure setting, achieved through suitable training and supervision.

Examples of Adventurous Journeys (explorations and expeditions) 

  • Exploring the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal studies
  • Exploring river valleys, plant studies, exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks, pollution
  • Carrying out health surveys or health education in remote areas
  • Completing a demanding journey by foot, cycle, canoe or kayak
  • Kayaking the entire navigable stretch of a river
  • An extensive sail across an ocean
  • Climbing the Alpine, Himalayan or other montainous peaks
  • Cycling from one end of a country to another 

Time requirements

  • Bronze - two days and one night; average of six hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 12 hours of purposeful effort in total
  • Silver - three days and two nights; average of seven hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 21 hours of purposeful effort in total
  • Gold - four days and three nights; average of eight hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 32 hours of purposeful effort in total

The Award near you

Contact your nearest Award operator for more examples of the types of Adventurous Journeys you can undertake, and to sign up for the Award where you are.

See where other young people have ventured to as part of their Award
Gold Award holder Janice Mustafova

A Canyon to Climb


Janice Mustafova overcomes her illness to get Gold.

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Blind Boy's Adventurous Journey


My heart pumped fast when I heard where we were going, it was my dream to stay a night in the invincible jungle...

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Adventurer Charley Boorman on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.

The spirit of Adventure


Adventurer Charley Boorman talks about the value of exploration.

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