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Trefoil Fitness Challenge

GSEP is excited to announce our inaugural GSEP Trefoil Fitness Challenge Series. Whether you are a race enthusiast or just a beginner, we want you to get moving! Join your sister Girl Scouts, family, and friends for three fitness events Fall 2017 through Spring 2018.

Tough Cookie Adventure Race

Join Us! 

Saturday, September 8
Camp Laughing Waters
Gilbertsville, PA

Registration
$25 through July 1
$30 through August 15
$40 through August 29
**Registration CLOSES Wednesday, August 29**

Complete challenges, navigate maps, and push your limits while you race against the clock! With a team of two to four people, run, bike, or forge a stream as you race to meet check points and complete team challenges throughout Camp Laughing Waters in our two-hour adventure race. You will get to choose your level of adventure, and all challenges are optional. You might get wet, you might get muddy or dirty, but you’re guaranteed to have fun!

After the race you can stay at camp for open activities, from 1-4. Archery, swimming, the rock wall, as well as sports and games like gaga and disc golf. Enjoy a picnic lunch (self-provided), while checking out our partner pavilion and music from our DJ.

What’s Included?

  • Race T-shirts for all participants who register at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • GSEP Trefoil Fitness Challenge patch and Tough Cookie Adventure Race rocker
  • Finisher medal
  • Trophy for top three teams in each age bracket 

*An adult is required to register and participate with team when team members are 12 and under. Note that every checkpoint in the race is optional (but the more you complete, the more points you get!). Don't feel like lugging your bikes out? Not excited about getting in the water? No problem - you can just skip those points!

Looking for the full camp experience? Stay at camp the night before! Space is limited, so register early for this opportunity. Continental breakfast is included, Saturday morning.

  • Family Tents: $40/tent for 4 people
  • Troop Tents: $80/2 tents for 4 girls and up to 4 adults
  • Cabin: $100/cabin for 1 family/ troop unit up to 10 people

Register Here!

Tough Cookie FAQs

Who can participate?

All ages, 5 and older. Each team must be composed of at least one member who is a registered member with Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. An adult is required to register and participate with team when team members are 12 and under. Family and friends are welcome to join a team. Teams can be all Girl Scout girl members or inter-generational. Individuals interested in participating in the race without a Girl Scout team member are welcome to become a registered member with Girl Scouts of Eastern PA.

What is included in the registration fee?

Each participant registered at least two weeks prior to the event will receive an event shirt.

  • GSEP Trefoil Fitness Challenge patch and Tough Cookie Adventure Race rocker
  • Finisher medal
  • Trophy for top three teams in each age bracket
  • Camp Fun Day 1pm-4p.m. with camp activities such as archery, disc golf, gaga, and volleyball. Also, enjoy the sounds of our house DJ
  • Access to our partner pavilion

What gear should each team bring to the race?

Visit the Gear Checklist for required and recommended gear your athlete should bring on race day.

What kind of bikes are permitted?

Road bikes or mountain bikes are permitted. No training wheels or aero bars. All riders must wear helmets.

Are we required to bring and use a bike?

No, bikes are optional.

How is the race timed?

A stop watch is started at the beginning of the race and allows for two hours on the race clock. All participants will be given the official time so they can sync their watches and track the race clock while they are on the course. Once you turn in your race ticket your time will be stopped.

How are age divisions determined for each team?

Divisions for the event are determined by the youngest member of the team.

Ages 5-8 – Hikers

Ages 9-12 – Explorers

Ages 13-15 – Challengers

Ages 16-18 – Adventurers

What awards will be given?

  • GSEP Trefoil Fitness Challenge patch and Tough Cookie Adventure Race rocker
  • Finisher medal
  • Trophy for top three teams in each age bracket

Does an individual need to train for this race?

At Girl Scouts, we encourage girls to be active outdoors and believe in providing them the opportunity to develop the kind of outdoors skills it is hard to get anywhere else. We believe that anyone with a base level of fitness can complete a two-hour adventure race. Teams that wish to be competitive may elect to train on bike and foot. Physical strength is not a barrier to entry for this event.

Do we need to bring any food or drink?

There will be hydration stations throughout the course with water and/or an energy beverage. Registrants are welcome to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy post-race.

Will you email me more information prior to the race?

Yes, registrants will receive a final confirmation 5 days prior to the event.

Where do I park on race day?

There will be on-site parking available at camp and potentially satellite parking with shuttle service available. More information will be provided in the final confirmation email.

What time does the race start?

Registration: 7:30-9a.m.

Navigation Clinic 9:15a.m.

Pre-Race Meeting: 9:30a.m.

Adventure Race: 10a.m.-12p.m.

Awards Ceremony: approximately 12:30pm

Camp Fun Day: 1-4pm (optional)

Are there overnight accommodations available at camp?

Yes, individuals and groups can stay at camp the night before! Space is limited so register early for this opportunity. Continental breakfast is included.

Family Tents: $40/tent for 4 people

Troop Tents: $80/2 tents for 4 girls and up to 4 adults

Cabin: $100/cabin for 1 family unit up to 10 people

Can we bring spectators to this event?

Yes, family and friends are welcome to come cheer you and your team on. Camp Fun Day wristbands ($10 each) will be available for purchase for individuals who are not registered race participants but would like to participate in the camp activities from 1:00-4:00p.m. Strollers are permitted, please be advised most of camp is gravel trails. Pets are not permitted.

What if we need to leave early or arrive late?

All participants must be on camp property prior to registration closing at 9a.m. as the roadway will be closed for the race course. If you need to leave early for any reason, please alert the parking attendant so they can park you accordingly and notify you of the proper exiting procedure.

Tough Cookie Volunteer Opportunities

Check back regularly for more information regarding volunteer opportunities at our Tough Cookie Adventure Race!

Thanks-A-Lot Trot

Our Thanks-a-Lot Trot takes place annually in November. More information about 2018 Thanks-a-Lot Trot will be available in the coming months. 

Thin Mint Sprint

Our Thin Mint Sprint takes place annually in April. More information about our 2019 Thin Mint Sprint will be available later this year. Thank you to all who participated and see your results below! 

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Sponsorship Opportunities/Partner Pavilion Information

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Trefoil Fitness Challenge! Presenting sponsorships are available for all three races. To inquire about pricing and package options please contact Julia Dougherty at jdougherty@gsep.org.