Our family has never
been to an adventure race before. What can we expect?
At its core, adventure racing is a team sport in which all teammates
typically travel together for the duration of the event. Originally,
teams had to be co-ed, and the sport remains co-ed in its premier
division, but many regional races now allow single-gender teams to compete.
An adventure race is generally composed of four core disciplines
•Foot travel: running, trekking, off-trail travel. It all depends
on terrain and ability.
•Biking: usually on mountain bikes, but teams might be on pavement,
dirt roads or single track trails. More information about biking in
the Tough Cookie Adventure Race can be found below.
•Paddling: canoes, kayaks, rafts, packrafts. Whitewater, flatwater,
ocean-paddling. You name it! While there is no paddling in the
Tough Cooke Adventure Race, participants can expect travel in and
•Navigation: one of the most unique features about the sport. Teams
must navigate the course using map and compass skills, meaning that no
teams follow exactly the same course. Strategy is one of the most
important aspects of the sport.
How is the course designed?
Like a triathlon or obstacle course, adventure racing is broken into
stages, each revolving around one of the three physical disciplines
(foot, bike, paddle). Each stage begins and ends with a transition
area (TA), and racers must find checkpoints in between each TA using
their navigation skills.
Some races require that teams visit all checkpoints, while others
make checkpoints optional and teams are ranked by how many points they
visit. In some races, teams must visit checkpoints in a pre-determined
order while in others racers can strategize about the order they visit
each point. For the Tough Cookie Adventure Race, all checkpoints
will be optional so teams can decide for themselves what parts of
the course they want to undertake. Regardless of the details,
adventure racing is about teamwork, strategy, and navigation.
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. 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
An adult is required to register and participate with team when team
members are 12 and under.
Is the course designed to accommodate individuals with special needs?
Yes, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can
assist in making sure you and your team have the support needed to
participate in the race.
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
- Camp Fun Day 11:30a.m.-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
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.
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, and
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. We will also have some snacks available for purchase.
Will you email me more information prior to the race?
Yes, registrants will receive a final confirmation 1-2 weeks 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?
Pre-Race Meeting: 8:30-9a.m.
Adventure Race: 9-11a.m.
Awards Ceremony and Camp Fun Day: 11:30a.m.-4p.m. (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 11:30a.m.-4:30p.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 8:30a.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.
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