Ardèche adventure

for Brownies and Guides

The outdoors at its most inspirational

Delight in the crystal-clear waters of the Ardèche River.
Wonder at the spectacular cliffs and breathtaking landscape.
It’s the only way to experience the full impact of this beautiful part of France: from an open canoe.

This is an amazing chance for your Guides to be inspired on their own journey of discovery as they learn and develop new skills.

But most of all, it’s the glorious memories they’ll bring back; the motivation and determination to succeed, knowing what they’ve achieved in such a short space of time and the self-assurance they’ll bring home with them.

Because exploring the hidden wonders of the stunning Ardèche Gorge from the river, with the encouragement of our expert instructors, will make the memories that last a lifetime.

Activities

River Adventure
The 19 mile canoe trip along the Ardèche River takes place over 2 days and includes the chance to camp out beside the river, sleeping below the stars on an overnight bivouac. You’ll learn the basics required to take your canoes downstream, before setting off in small groups, each with a dedicated instructor who will help each Girl Guide develop trust and confidence with plenty of help, support and encouragement.

Land Adventure
For the rest of the week, the programme is packed with land-based adventures. Whether it’s a mountain biking expedition through the hillside, an exploration of the caves that surround the river Cèze or a trek along the shore to experience the breathtaking waterfalls you’ll find at the Cascades du Saudatet, your Guides will experience the Ardèche at it’s best.

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

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

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A typical itinerary for this course

Lou Valagran - 9 days by coach 🚌

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Travel Travel Travel
Day 2 Travel Arrive at centre
Jog and Dip - Cèze River
Wacky Races and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 3 Jacob’s Ladder & Archery - Lou Valagran Centre Sit-on Kayaks - Cèze River Town Trail and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 4 Raft Building - Cèze River Mountain Biking Ardèche River Talk / The Cube and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Overnight Bivouac
Day 6 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Superhero Auction and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 7 Excursion Day
Avignon
Excursion Day
Avignon
Splash and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 8 High Ropes Course - Lou Valagran Centre Trek - La Roque-sur-Cèze Depart for the UK
Day 9 Travel Travel Travel

Lou Valagran - 8 days by coach 🚌

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Travel Travel Travel
Day 2 Travel Arrive at centre
Jog and Dip - Cèze River
Robot Wars and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 3 Mountain Biking / Raft Building Trek - La Roque-sur-Cèze Ardèche River Talk / The Cube and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 4 Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Overnight Bivouac
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Superhero Auction and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 6 Excursion Day
Avignon
Excursion Day
Avignon
Superhero Auction and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 7 Sit-on Kayaks - Cèze River Jacob’s Ladder & Archery - Lou Valagran Centre Depart for the UK
Day 8 Travel Travel Travel

Lou Valagran - 7 days by coach 🚌

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Travel Travel Travel
Day 2 Travel Arrive at centre
Jog and Dip - Cèze River
Robot Wars and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 3 Mountain Biking / Raft Building Trek - La Roque-sur-Cèze Ardèche River Talk / The Cube and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 4 Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Overnight Bivouac
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Superhero Auction and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 6 Sit-on Kayaks - Cèze River Jacob’s Ladder & Archery - Lou Valagran Centre Depart for the UK
Day 7 Travel Travel Travel

Learning outcomes

Girl Guides taking part in this course will benefit from increased confidence and will have 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.

Girls 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 learn the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping active.

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