Thanks for Coming!

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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NiteHike 2017 Goes to the Zoo!

 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!

Hello Hikers!

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!

Pre-Registration...ish!

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 2016 Avoids Getting Lost in the Woods!

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.

Congratulations!

FINALLY! Scores are up, and can be viewed by clicking '2015 Results' on the left. Congratulations to the overall winners, the Orion Rangers, with 517 points. We had a tie for second place, with 8th Surdel Venturers and the Lynn Valley Pathfinders each getting 495.5 points.  The winner corrected for age was the 1st Langley Valley Guides, with an average age of 10.83 years, and an adjusted score of 541.4 points. We had exactly 520 youth hiking, and approximately 200 leaders hiking with them. 26 hike groups of 101 completed all of the stations, which is a pretty impressive number.

Thanks for coming to NiteHike 2015, and we look forward to seeing you next year! If you want to see the scores get out faster, we can always use more help! Email us to throw your hat into the ring.

NiteHike Kit!

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

 

Station Registration

Yes, we're aware that there are issues with the station registration system as it is currently set-up. Unofrtunately we can't change it at this point without losing all the entries we've received so far. The biggest question for help we've received is this:

Q: Why does the registration form not show up? All I'm seeing is the map.

A: To access the registration form, all you have to do is click on the site you want to set up at. It will then take you to the registration form, with the appropriate site location already filled out. This only works (for now) on desktop and laptop computers (not phones or tablets, due to lack of mouse). If you are still having problems, send us an email and we'll try and help.

Cheers, and see you at NiteHike!

Q: Why can't I have more than seven youth in a group?

This is a question that has been asked a few times over the years, so let's answer it!

The reason for this is that not all activity stations can be scaled up for more participants. If your group is supposed to build and carry a stretcher through the woods (for example), too many youth can result in participants getting left out. Stations are planning around four to seven youth per group, and we've found that over the years, that works out best.

But what if you have more than seven youth? Why you split into two hike groups of course! It's best to split the groups as evenly as you can, so that both groups get to participate equally, though some groups might split with the most senior kids on one team to really push for a win, with everyone else on another team. Keep in mind that each hike group is required to have two leaders, so if you don't have enough leadership to meet requirements, your hike groups will be required to hike together for safety, even if they are competing against each other!

If you have a question you'd like answered, please email nitehike@nitehike.org and we'll answer it!

New Website!

NiteHike's website has been updated / tweaked! You may not notice much in the way of changes, but this new system, (including a blog for updates) shold make things a LOT easier for us to update and stay current with! Any issues, please send us an email: nitehike@nitehike.org

NiteHike 2014 Theme

The theme for next year's event is 'NiteHike Does Science'! Hopefully an early theme announcement gives stations ample time to plan a fun and challenging theme activity. Registration for stations of course won't open until February(ish), and participants register the day of the hike. The 2014 hike will take place April 12th-13th, avoiding both Easter weekend and the SunRun.  If you're interested in helping out with NiteHike, please email us.

Driver Safety

An important note for groups who are coming from far away: we want you to get home safely! As this is an all night event, we want to encourage you to have enough adults so that Scout leaders who have been hiking all night do not have to drive their Scouts home in the morning. Fatigued drivers are a huge cause of accidents and we want you and your Scouts to be able to come to next year's event! Groups running stations will be able to pitch limited numbers of tents for their drivers to be able to sleep for at least  apart of the night. If your group has a dedicated driver(s) who will need to rest, please get in touch with us to make arrangements.

2013 Results!

The results for 2013 are now online! Apparently someone (me) forgot to upload the results, then manage to lose the already completed data. A couple groups emailled me last week, bringing it to my attention, and I just spent the weekend rebuilding it. Our overall winner is the 'Power Rangers' with 503 points! The winning group, corrected for age is 10th Coquitlam Scouts, with 488.4 points! You can find the results spreadsheet over on the sidebar, including all sorts of statistics.

Background Info

NiteHike is an annual adventure for registered Scouts and Guides that runs overnight in the Metro Vancouver - Pacific Spirit Regional Park in April.

Participants test their mettle on about 27 fun and skill-testing stations designed and run by Venturers, Rangers, Rovers and Pathfinders spread out on trails throughout the park.

Usually about 800-1000 youth and leaders participate in the event, organized into teams of 4 to 7 people.

The hike runs all night and teams have to be prepared to deal with any weather conditions.

Participants should bring water, a cup and a snack. Hot chocolate and hot dogs are available at some stations on the hike. (see participant info section for more details)