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!
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.
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.
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.