Award USA Bronze Adventurous JourneyComplete Your Bronze Adventurous Journey Award

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About the trip

Complete the Adventurous Journey section of your Bronze Award with Discover Outdoors. In this camp-style setting, you will gain the skills and knowledge to embark on your journey, giving you the tools to be a more capable, confident leader.

The program is set in Harriman State Park, a 40,000 acre wilderness just one hour from New York City. Skills training and lodging will be at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Outdoor Center. The practice journey and adventurous journey will each be an overnight backpacking trip. After a successful completion of the program, you will receive approval for completing the Adventurous Journey portion of the Bronze Level of the Award Program.

A full welcome and information packet will be sent upon registration.


JULY 23: Arrive at basecamp, skillls training

JULY 24: Adventurous Journey skills training

JULY 25: Practice Journey

JULY 26: Practice Journey, debrief, skills training

JULY 27: Qualifying Journey

JULY 28: Qualifying Journey

JULY 29: Closing ceremony, departure


To secure your reservation, you may place a $150 deposit. Click the "Register" button to the right to sign up. Full payment is due April 30, 2018.


Roundtrip transportation from New York City or from one of the three NYC airports is $125. To make a reservation, select the "Transportation Option" in the checkout. If you're arriving by flight, we recommend landing no later than 10:30 AM on July 23. Return flight should be no earlier than 7:00 PM on July 29.

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  • Lodging at AMC Harriman Center, 4 nights
  • Camping, 2 nights
  • Meals throughout program
  • Two licensed and certified Discover Outdoors guides
  • Tents and group camping gear
  • Skills training


  • Backpack: $72.50
  • 30-degree Sleeping Bag: $49
  • Sleeping Pad: $29

Pack List


  • Hiking boots (well used)
  • Camp shoes
  • Lightweight wool socks (3 pair)
  • Hiking pants (2 pair)
  • Wicking underwear (2 pair)
  • Long underwear (depending on the forecast)
  • Wicking long-sleeved shirt
  • Wicking short-sleeved shirt
  • Fleece
  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves


  • Backpack (50 L recommended)
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Waterproof backpack liner (garbage bag will suffice)
  • Backpacking tent (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping pad (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Lightweight inflatable pillow or stuffable pillow case
  • Lightweight towel
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
  • Lightweight bowl, mug, and utensils
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Journal (optional)
  • Cell phone (optional)
  • Knife or multitool (optional)
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof stuffsack (optional)

Skills Learned

  • Setting a group aim
  • Route planning
  • Packing a backpack
  • Using a stove
  • Filtering Water
  • Campsite Selection
  • Responsible Fire Use and Regulations
  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Basic first aid
  • Map and compass navigation
  • Packing Light
  • Staying warm & dry
  • Gear tricks and tips
  • Leave No Trace principles and techniques

Award USA

Welcome to the USA Bronze Open Adventurous Journey, a program in partnership with the Award USA and Discover Outdoors. The goal of the program is to stimulate a spirit of adventure and discovery while undertaking a journey as a group. The Adventurous Journey is about getting out and going on an expedition or exploration in an unfamiliar and challenging environment, with a clear purpose. It’s about team work and social connection with both the team members who will undertake the journey, and the guides who instruct, supervise and assess the journey. At the heart of the Adventurous Journey, is the opportunity for a young person to engage in activities that require determination, physical effort, perseverance, problem solving and cooperation. It is hoped that the students are rewarded with a unique, challenging and memorable experience.


Being in a challenging environment, students will experience highs and lows both throughout the preparation and training, and the actual journeys themselves. Personal dedication and perseverance are required for the Adventurous Journey, and some students will find the challenge is much harder than they anticipated. The rewards at the completion of the qualifying journey, however, are hard to match – elation, a real sense of achievement, self confidence, trust, and belief in oneself and others. Some of the benefits you may experience include:

It takes determination

Being in an unfamiliar environment with only your own planning and your team to support you is not to be taken lightly. There are plenty of people who would shy away from this.

You might surprise yourself

Sometimes it’s easier to think you won’t be able to do something, rather than actually trying to do it. Get out there and give it a go – you might just climb that mountain.

Without a team, the adventurous journey can’t happen

You can do it with your friends, and you might make some new ones along the way. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your friends, and a to forge new friendships.

You will feel amazing

When you get to the top of a mountain or the end of the track, and look how far you have come, the sense of achievement is hard to beat.

You can get away from the city

Whatever your usual environment is, you have the opportunity to get away from it and experience a few days somewhere totally different.

You will learn useful skills

Even the preparation and training for the journeys open up opportunities to develop new skills, such as first aid. When on the journey itself, you will learn to rely on yourself like you have never done before, not to mention learning about true team work.

It is fun

Challenging, yes. Fun, even more so. Getting out there with your friends, exploring the wilderness… what more could you want in an experience?