La Vida Center for Outdoor Education & Leadership
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Adventure Pursuits FAQs

How do I register for an Adventure Pursuits event?

  1. Call the La Vida office at 978.867.4886 or email to inquire about available dates and discuss program possibilities.
  2. Fill out the online registration and pay a $100 deposit by credit card over the phone or by mailing a check.
  3. After receiving the confirmation packet, return the Adventure Pursuits Confirmation Form and Participant/Leader List to the La Vida office by mail or fax at 978.867.4110.

What is your weather cancellation policy?
Events occasionally will be canceled by the Adventure Pursuits director due to bad weather. Cancellation can be caused by a prediction of heavy rain, lightning or severe winds.The weather forecast on the North Shore changes frequently. Therefore, we do not decide to re-schedule or cancel and event until one to two days before the event. Safety is the main factor when making the decision to cancel an event. In case of a weather cancellation, groups may reschedule and use their $100 deposit for a rain date.

Can I cancel an event?
An event may be cancelled by calling two weeks before the actual event. The $100 deposit is nonrefundable.

What is the minimum/maximum number of people for a day?
Minimum group size is eight. Maximum size for a day is 100. For larger groups, the lead facilitator divides participants into small groups ranging from 10 to 14 people per group. Maximum size for overnight groups is 35 people. Leaders and chaperones should be included in the group size. Please note that Adventure Pursuits hires staff based on the group size reserved.

What happens if my group numbers change?
Any change in the number of participants must be reported to Adventure Pursuits six days prior to the event. Groups are responsible to pay 50% of the cost for every no-show.

How old do participants need to be?
The minimum age is 11 or 5th grade.

Do you offer any discounts?
The majority of groups are non-profit. We do not offer group discounts or group scholarships at this time. However, we allow for one leader to come for free with every 10 paying participants. 

Do you serve meals?
The program does not provide meals for challenge course day programs. Groups can request to eat at Gordon College's dining center and pay for the a la carte menu. For pricing of on-campus cafeteria lunches, please contact the La Vida office. 

Overnight camping groups have meals provided at $5/person/meal. Lunches consist of sandwich foods, fruit, chips and cookies. Dinners consist of either a pizza dinner or a pasta dish and salad. S'mores are served with the campfire. Breakfasts consist of cereal, fruit and bagels.

What forms do leaders need to turn in prior to the experience?
After receiving the confirmation packet, leaders should return the Confirmation Form and Participant/Leader List. In addition to this form, every group is required to send or fax a certificate of insurance from the insurance company. All individual participants are required to fill out a risk release and medical form.

What are Adventure Pursuits facilitators in charge of leading, what is the role of the group leaders?
We recommend that you talk to all of your group leaders or chaperones before the event and explain what to expect from the day and what the group goals are for the day.

The facilitators will be leading group games, problem-solving initiatives, trust-building exercises, high course elements and debrief/reflection times. Facilitators are there to help the group safely participate in activities, have fun and learn from their experience. Feel free to check in with the facilitators at any time to clarify roles or communicate feedback.

Group leaders and chaperones help participants make connections, handle behavioral problems and develop relationships with the students. Group leaders can also do additional activities to help students transfer their learning before or after a event.

What do participants need to bring for a day program?
Each participant should bring a lunch, water bottle and warm layers of clothing. Participants are also encouraged to bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Please note that groups will carry everything a quarter of a mile into the woods to the ropes course.

What equipment do you provide for overnight experiences?
Adventure Pursuits provides tents, tarps and ground pads for participants to sleep on. Overnight participants will receive an overnight packing list. Sleeping bags are not provided for the overnight experience but may be rented for $5.

Where do I go when I arrive on Gordon's campus?
An Adventure Pursuits representative will meet you in the Jenks Parking Lot at 9 a.m. Click here for detailed directions and a Gordon College Campus map.

Do you have a good safety record?
La Vida and the Adventure Pursuits experience have had excellent safety records for over 40 years. The La Vida challenge course is inspected yearly and meets all safety standards as required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety. All physical challenges are well within the safety limits, and standard safety procedures are strictly enforced. All participants are required to complete a risk-release form and a basic medical history form.