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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


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Saturday, September 9, 2017
Camp Laughing Waters, Gilbertsville

Registration: 7:30-8:30a.m.
Pre-Race Meeting: 8:30-9a.m.
Adventure Race: 9-11a.m.
Awards Ceremony and Camp Fun Day: 11:30a.m.-4p.m. (optional)

Grades: All ages (5 and older)
Cost: Early Bird: $25/person; ends July 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Peak Pricing: $30/person; ends August 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Race Week: $40/person; online registration closes August 30, 2017 at 11:59p.m. Race day on-site registration at 7:30 a.m.

Note: An adult is required to register and participate with team when team members are 12 and under.

Bring your friends! Grab your parents and siblings too! Get a taste for adventure racing by taking to the trails of Camp Laughing Waters with your team of two to four people. Run, bike, and use a map to navigate your way from point to point during this 2-hour race. *Everyone will be challenged to a fun course full of obstacles- you may get wet or muddy, but you’re guaranteed to have fun.

Afterward, spend the day at camp from 12-4p.m. for a Camp Fun Day! Try your hand at archery, disc golf, gaga, and volleyball. Enjoy a picnic lunch (self-provided) while you listen to the sounds of our house DJ. Check out our awesome partners at the partner pavilion and meet Girl Scouts from all areas of our council.

What’s Included?

  • Race t-shirts for all registrants 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

*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 pool? 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.

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

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Thanks-A-Lot Trot

5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk

NEW DATE: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Registration: 7:30-8:30a.m.
Race: 9:00a.m.

Camp Laughing Waters, Gilbertsville
Grades: All Ages with a current GS membership
Cost: $30/person**

Experience Camp Laughing Waters like never before as you run or walk through the trails of camp. This race is perfect for beginners and experienced runners alike. Take in the crisp autumn air with your troop as you demonstrate your G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) power on the course. After the race, celebrate with a traditional Girl Scout campfire and s’mores.

What’s Included?

  • Race t-shirts for all registrants who register at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • GSEP Trefoil Fitness Challenge patch and Thanks-A-Lot Trot rocker (Girl Scout Girl Members Only)
  • Finisher medal
  • Trophy for top finisher in each age category
  • Trophy for top troop participation

Registration opens October 1, 2017!

**Register for the Thanks-A-Lot Trot and Thin Mint Sprint 5k as a package to receive a $5 discount off each race!

Thin Mint Sprint

Fairmount Park at Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Registration: 7:30-8:30a.m.
Race: 9:00a.m.

Grades: All Ages, Open to the Public
Cost: $30/person**

Set your sights on the finish line in the third and final race of the Trefoil Fitness Challenge. The Thin Mint Sprint will lead you on the perfect-for-running Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park. Take to the course with sister Girl Scouts, your biggest supporters, and running enthusiasts to show the community your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader).

What’s Included?

  • Race t-shirts for all registrants who register at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • GSEP Trefoil Fitness Challenge patch and Thin Mint Sprint 5k rocker** (Girl Scout Girl Members Only)
  • Finisher medal
  • Trophy for top Girl Scout girl finisher in each age category

**Register for the Thanks-A-Lot Trot and Thin Mint Sprint 5k as a package to receive a $5 discount off each race!

Volunteer Opportunities

As with everything in Girl Scouts, Tough Cookie Adventure Race can’t happen without support from engaged volunteers. We need approximately 50 volunteers throughout the day, from helping early in the morning and overseeing challenges to lifeguarding and facilitating archery in the afternoon. Anyone can volunteer—adults, students, families. Look at the race day volunteer positions below to find where you might fit!

Lifeguards & Watchers—Lifeguards will monitor challenges in the pool, crossing points at the creek, and escort teams through challenges in the creek. Watchers will provide an additional level of safety by observing activity at the pool. Shifts may run from 8:30-11am, 12-4pm, or 8:30am-4pm with breaks. American Red Cross Lifeguard certification or equivalent required for lifeguards; American Red Cross Basic Water Skills or equivalent training required for watchers.

Breakfast Staff—Oversee the set-up and clean-up of continental breakfast for race participants who camped overnight. Responsibilities include running the dishwasher, breaking down tables, and mopping the Dining Hall floor. Shift runs from 6:30-9am. Serv Safe or equivalent certification a plus, but not required.

First Aid—Provide basic first aid to racers and camp day participants as needed. Shifts may run from 7:30-11am, 12-4pm, or 7:30am-4pm with breaks. Current First Aid certification required.

Challenge Monitors—Oversee race participants as they complete the challenge portion of the race. Challenges scale in difficulty depending on the age of the participants; specific information regarding the challenges will be available closer to the race. Shift runs from 8:30-11:30am

Directions—Provide directional guidance to race participants at points of the course which may overlap. Shift runs from 8:30-11:30am

Belayers—Oversee rock climbing and bouldering activities for race participants and spectators, including safety briefings. Shift runs from 8:30-11:30am, 11:30am-4pm, or 8:30am-4pm with breaks. GSEP certified facilitators required.

Archery Facilitators—Oversee archery activities utilizing foam and metal tipped arrows, dependent upon participant’s age, for race participants and spectators. Shift runs from 8:30-11:30am, 11:30am- 4pm, or 8:30am-4pm with breaks. US Archery Level I certification or equivalent required.

Activity Monitors—Rotate amongst activities such as basketball, volleyball, gaga, and disc golf to help and answer participant questions as necessary. Shift runs from 11am-4pm.

All volunteers receive a complimentary shirt to wear. You will be outside, so please wear comfortable, close-toed shoes, bring sunscreen & bug repellent, and bring a water bottle & a lunch/snack. If you have a morning shift, you can stay for the afternoon Camp Fun Day for only $10, payable on race day.

If you’re ready to volunteer, or have questions not answered here, please email our volunteer coordinator, Melissa Pepitone at mpepitone@gsep.org

FAQs

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 around water.

 •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 Eastern PA.

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 girlprogram@gsep.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 bracket
  • 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 aero bars.

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?

Registration: 7:30-8:30a.m.

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.

Questions?

If you don’t see what you’re looking for and have additional questions, please email girlprogram@gsep.org.