Adventure Tracks—tell me all about them
The Utah National Parks Council is pleased to announce we are implementing a new “Adventure Track” system of extraordinary learning and outdoor experiences at Thunder Ridge, TIFIE, and Scofield-Frandsen Scout camps for 2015.
The intent is to allow our youth to combine adventure with learning* to have exciting and challenging learning experiences that will leave a positive, and extraordinary, imprint they can carry with them throughout their lives. We want to light a fire in their hearts, which will motivate them to come back year after year for more great experiences as they continue to grow and mature; and to bring others along with them.
These will be offered at three different levels of difficulty and expertise. They will progress from Beginner (Green) for the younger Scouts, to Intermediate (Blue) and Advanced (Black Diamond), like ski runs, for older or more experienced youth (e.g., Varsity and Venture). Each level of difficulty will include variations of:
~Scouting Basics (Green only)
~Basic adventure tracks
~Single and multi-day off-site high-adventure packages
~Ultra-fitness challenge courses and events.
Green: Basic all-around experiences conducted both in and out of camp. A lot of interactive, hands-on, interpretive and outdoor activities that are integrated with fulfilling merit badge technical requirements.
Blue: designed for older youth* more advanced activities, to include Overnight camping, and higher adventure experiences (e.g., rappelling, mountain biking, backpacking, canoe camping).
Black: designed to provide greater levels of challenge, implementing dynamic Venturing and Ranger-type experiences. Challenging and exciting programs that push the adventure envelope (e.g., survival, multi-day backcountry treks, canyoneering, ultra-activity & endurance cross-country legs—hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing).
What are they: These are camp experiences that allow Scouts to work on selected program elements and merit badges while experiences the Adventure of Scouting in the outdoors.
How do they work: Scouts sign up for the track they wish to participate in, some are two day tracks while others take the entire week. When participating in the chosen track Scouts may complete requirements for rank advancement, several merit badges, or BSA awards.
Why are they used: Adventure Tracks move the Scouts out of a “class room” setting and into the outdoor learning laboratory which camps are meant to be. It is the total involvement while earning recognition that becomes a personal life changing experience.