NiteHike planning is currently under way. However, the organizing committee for NiteHike is desparately in need of help, on a semi-permanent basis. Two of the three members have moved away from the Vancouver area, and cannot guarantee that they will be available to help on site every year. As such, we are seeking fresh faces who can handle the organization and operation of the headquarters, and NiteHike itself. We will still be able to manage the website, and put out all the maps and mark sheets, etc, but unless we can get more people helping out on a permanent basis, 2018 MAY BE THE LAST NITEHIKE. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask how you or your group can help.
In the meantime, station registration for 2018 is open, and can be accessed here. If you haven't run a station before, please take the time to read through all the rules and suggestions before registering for a station. Station locations will be assigned in order of: 1) A returning group who signs up for the same location as last year, 2) A returning group who signs up for a different location, and 3) New groups who haven't run a station at NiteHike before. Just because a station might not be claimed yet does NOT mean it will stay that way.
See you on the trails!
Thank you everyone for coming to NiteHike this year! We have a quick survey available here. We had 85 hike groups, making for a total of 423 youth and 170 leaders. We're already at work on the scores, and hope to have them online before the end of April. If you're interested in helping with NiteHike next year, please email us.
NiteHike 2018: April 7th - 8th, 2018
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I know the weather right now seems pretty miserable, but it's supposed to be better for Saturday night. Please make sure you bring appropriate clothing, and a good travel mug, to stock up on hot chocolate during the hike. The trail is washed out between Station C and Station D, so hikers will be traveling along the roadway between those two stations. See you tomorrow!
Hello again everyone! I hope you're all looking forward to another exciting NiteHike at Pacific Spirit Park! I have a few things I want to talk about in this blog post, and a few bits of news for everyone, so bear with me please! Only a few days left until NiteHike!
Overnight Driver Accomodation
First of all, we have a place for our out of town drivers to sleep overnight so that they're refreshed and able to safely drive the group home in the morning. It's free to sleep in the hall we've booked (Marpole Hall down at 70th and Marine Dr), but space is limited, so drop us a quick email if you want to take advantage of that opportunity, and make sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow!
Third, and perhaps most exciting, is the ability to SKIP THE LINE at registration. We've set up the ability (completely optional) for you to tell us when your group will arrive at registration. You still need to actually register in person, but if you're arriving at the time you say you are, you're only going to be in line for a couple minutes. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE arrive when you say you will. It can mess up other groups if you're too late. Head over to EventBrite for that. Once you pre-book online, you will receive an electronic copy of the registration form. Please completely fill that in and bring it with you to save time.
Important Things of Note
- NiteHike is an overnight hike with activity stations through the woods. There is no base camp for your group or anything to that effect.
- Each hike group is 4-7 youth plus two leaders. Groups with less youth may have to partner up. Groups of more than seven will be broken up, but will still hike together.
- NiteHike welcomes members of Scouts and Guides ages 8 and up. We have special routes for the younger sections so they can get their feet wet without hiking the entire park.
- All hike group members must be registered members of their respective organizations. We do ask for proof. Also make sure you have medical forms with you.
- Your group is welcome to do as few or as many stations as you want. If you're too tired and cranky, it's best you call it a night, lest the group hate the activity in the future.
- This is a hike. In the woods. In the dark. The trails are not lit, and could be wet / muddy / cold. Please make sure you dress appropriately, and bring a decent source of light. Your cell phone doesn't count, and won't last the whole night anyways.
- Bring a travel mug! We have hot chocolate stations throughout the park, as well as a couple places where you can fill up a water bottle, so make sure you bring drinking vessels!
- We also have hot dogs! Each participant receives two tickets (good for two hot dogs) that they can 'spend' at any hot dog station they want. You probably still want to bring a snack.
- Read the rules! They can be found in a somewhat easy to read format at this location.
- If you make it through the night (or even if you don't), each participant at the end of the night will receive a NiteHike badge and a donut.
Registration is $10 per youth, and $5 per leader (first two leaders free). Groups can make payment via cash, cheque, or credit card.
NiteHike is only a couple days away! We felt this was a good time to let everyone know who will be participating that there are a few things they are required to have the evening of the hike. There's two lists below...one is gear for the group as a whole, and one is gear for each member to have.
Just a reminder, all hike groups should have the following:
- two leaders (your group may have to hike with another group to meet minimums)
- proof of registration in your organization. For Scouts, this is a print out of the section MMS with attending youth highlighted.
- medical certificates / forms for all attending members
- a cell phone in case of emergency
- large ziplock / waterproof bag to keep hike papers in
- basic first aid kit with bandaids and tylenol / aspirin
- spare water bottle and flashlights / batteries
- camera to take pictures for the group
In addition, each youth should have:
- clothes appropriate for the evening, along with a waterproof jacket and socks
- good, proper hiking shoes for hitting the trail
- snacks to provide energy throughout the evening
- a flashlight (trails are VERY dark)
- a water bottle (there are a couple places throughout the park to fill it)
- a travel mug for hot chocolate at stations that are providing it (stations do NOT provide cups)
- a sturdy backpack to hold everything in, that's fitted properly for comfort
NiteHike is soon! For those of you who don't know where the headquarters is located, it's at St. Anselms church across the street from the University Golf Course. The street address is 5210 University Blvd, and there is ample parking for drivers, and bus service to in front of HQ. Please note that Sunday morning bus service may not start until after the event is over, so arrangements should be made to get safely home from NiteHike.
Station registration is now open for NiteHike 2017! This year's theme is 'NiteHike Goes to the Zoo', and we're hoping it's a theme you can go bananas for! Get it, bananas? :-) NiteHike this year will be April 8th-9th at Pacific Spirit Park, and for more information, including a map of station locations, have a look at the menu to the left. Stations will be assigned on a first come first served basis, with priority given to groups who are returning to the same location as last year.
Volunteers URGENTLY Needed:
NiteHike is looking for volunteers at Headquarters. We say it every year, but this time we mean it. Our helpers are moving on and doing new things with their lives, and if we don't get enough people, we simply cannot run NiteHike anymore. We're looking for at least two or three people on Saturday mid-day to help set up, as well as two or three people to help with registration in the early evening, and two or three people to help with de-registration and packing up the next morning. These could all be the same two people, or they could be completely different people. We will basically take any and all help we can get.
NiteHike is also looking for a new treasurer, as our current treasurer said he wanted to retire a couple years ago, but the people who have offered to help out simply haven't followed through. This commitment is usually only for a few hours in the weeks before NiteHike, writing cheques and the such, and for a few hours in the days after NiteHike depositing registration fees and making sure our balance sheet is done. If you're willing to help, please send us an email!
Scores are done and uploaded! Congratulations to 11th Seymour who finished in first place with a total score of 448.5. In second place was first CloverRidge, with a total score of 431. The top place finisher, adjusted for age, was the 1st Langley Valley Guides, with an average age of 10.5, and adjusted score of 437.3.
Our most visited station was station O, with 109 (out of 131 hike groups) having visited.
Congratulations everyone! Now that we have this system figured out, we PROMISE it won't take as long this year!
You cannot view your individual score per station (yet), as we learn how to effectively manipulate the data in this new format (MySQL). If you have some expertise in manipulating the data and would like to offer up some expertise, email us at email@example.com .
We will hold the original score sheets until NiteHike 2017 has completed. But don't expect us to every want to look at them again!
We had 687 youth participants this year, along with 256 leaders. We got entirely overwhelmed on the hot dogs, and for that we're truly sorry. We want to make sure that everyone gets hot dogs, but we also need to make sure that we don't end up with 200+ hot dogs left over like we did last year. Scores wont be ready to go up as quick as I wanted, but we'll start working on them very shortly. Thanks everyone!
NiteHike 2016's theme will be 'NiteHike Avoids Getting Lost in the Woods', with station activites inspired to create survival challenges, spooky games, and create an all around good time for the approximately thousand participants who take part each year. NiteHike will take place at UBC's Pacific Spirit Park overnight from April 9th-10th, 2016. This year marks NiteHike's 45th year running, and we're darn proud of it!
If you haven't been before, it's a great teambuilding activity for youth ages 8 and up (Scouts, Girl Guides, and BSA members welcome). Hike groups of four-seven youth travel the trails of the park in the dark, stopping at 20-25 activity stations where they complete a challenge and score points. The group that has the highest score is decalred the winner, and has their group name added to the trophy for all eternity. There's hot dogs, hot chocolate, and lots of fun to be had! Youth participant registration is only $10, with two leaders per group free (additional leaders $5 each).
Registration will be open from 630pm - 9pm. You are not required to be at headquarters before 630pm, and in fact will not be allowed to start at an activity station until at least 7pm regardless of when your group arrives on site. There is no pre-registration required. Payment can be made on the day of the event by cash, group cheque, or credit card. For those of you who HAVE been before, we have some more changes to the registration process planned for this year to help eliminate some of the lines that we get at the very beginning of the evening.
Station registration will open January 1st, with site locations being assigned during Spring Break, preference given to returning stations.
Please keep an eye on this website for news, updates, and more information as it becomes available.