Ardèche Adventure

for Brigades and Cadets

Discover the dramatic Ardèche

It’s an inspirational location.
The clear water of the Ardèche River, its impressive cliffs and stunning scenery take your breath away.

And with us you experience all of this magnificence from an open canoe.

Bring a little of the wider world into their lives.
Make this a journey of discovery with your Boys’ or Girls’ Brigade.

It’s a chance for them to discover themselves – discover how they respond to an entirely new environment.
Bring out their inner enthusiasm; the determination to succeed.
Let them learn and develop new skills; even achieve a canoeing qualification.

Above all of this, though, it’s the glorious memories they’ll bring back; the knowledge of great achievements made in a short space of time and the self-confidence they’ll bring home with them.

Simply put, you can’t do this at home!

Activities

River Adventure
Two or three days are spent doing the 19 mile descent of the Ardèche River which includes the exciting opportunity for your group to camp out beside the river, sleeping beneath the stars on an overnight bivouac.
Day one begins with a session on the water to get to grips with the basic requirements of guiding a canoe down river. Following this you’ll set off in small groups, each with a dedicated instructor to help build each youngster’s skill level and confidence.

More Adventure
The programme for the rest of your stay is full of further adventure and can include a mountain biking expedition through the hillside, canyoning in the Besorgues river gorge, exploring the caves around the Cèze River, or trekking along the riverside to experience the waterfalls at the Cascades De Saudatet.

You can choose from two PGL centres in the Ardèche – both are packed full of further on-site adventure activities so that you get even more from your stay.

An Excursion Day
We suspend the action for one day to give you the chance to discover the local area and places of interest - or keep the pace up with a trip to a local water park.

Fun-packed Evenings
After an action-packed day of discovery, your group will love our lively evening activity sessions – they’re sure to keep everyone entertained!

Select an activity for a full description

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 9 day Ardèche Adventure course for Brigades and Cadets
  Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Evening
Day 1 Travel
Day 2 Travel Arrival Swim - Cèze River Robot Wars
Day 3 Jacob's Ladder Archery Sit on Kayak - Cèze River Passport to the World
Day 4 Raft Building Mountain Biking Ardèche River Talk
Day 5 Ardèche 2 day Canoeing river trip with Overnight Bivouac - 30km (day 1) Overnight Bivouac
Day 6 Ardèche 2 day Canoeing river trip with Overnight Bivouac - 30km (day 2) Have a Go Show
Day 7 Excursion - Avignon Disco
Day 8 High Ropes Course Trek - La Roque-sur-Cèze Depart for the UK
Day 9 Travel

Learning outcomes

Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades groups benefit from increased confidence and the opportunity to develop key skills such as leadership.

Travelling abroad delivers improvements in many other areas such as self-reliance, taking responsibility, becoming more independent and developing a positive attitude.

All group members will build confidence by challenging themselves and overcoming fears with the support of their friends, leaders and our staff.

An adventure overseas can also provide inspiration for other areas of academic learning.

Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades groups learn about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping active.

Awards & Qualifications – your group can work towards specific NGB awards to achieve an official, widely recognised qualification:

  • British Canoe Union Paddlepower Awards
    The Paddlepower Start award – designed for beginners, this is ideal for those just starting out on the water.
  • Paddlepower Passport - includes four progressive levels that cover Safety Awareness, Paddling Skills, Varied Experiences, and Supporting Knowledge.
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