Bad­lands to Banff ex­cur­sion back for fourth year

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail file­photo

The Drumheller RCMP, in part­ner­ship with Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards are hit­ting the road for the fourth year in a row, with the Bad­lands to Banff Bi­cy­cle Tour.

The ex­cur­sion this year will be from Au­gust 2 to Au­gust 12 and will give teens aged 14-17 a chance to take on an ad­ven­ture of a life­time. Along the way they will learn lead­er­ship skills and re­spect for na­ture and could dis­cover new cul­tures, com­mu­ni­ties and land­scapes all from the seat of a bi­cy­cle.

While it is not a re­quire­ment for par­tic­i­pants to be en­rolled in the Duke of Ed­in­burgh pro­gram, it does meet many of the re­quire­ments for those work­ing to­wards earn­ing the award.

Or­ga­niz­ers are hold­ing an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Tues- day, March 22 at he Bad­land Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity. This will be an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the trip and have any ques­tions an­swered.

Two Wheel View, a non­profit com­mu­nity that hosts th­ese kinds of ex­cur­sions, guides the trip. It pro­vides all the equip­ment, plans the trip and chap­er­ones the rid­ers.

While it ap­pears gru­el­ing, the ride is bro­ken down into man­age­able legs, al­low­ing the par­tic­i­pants to have fun on the road to Banff.

For par­tic­i­pants there is a fundrais­ing re­quire­ment of $950 and most rid­ers in pre­vi­ous years have been able to fundraise most, if not all, the costs as­so­ci­ated with the trip. The fundrais­ing ef­forts are of­ten done as a group and helps to build team dy­nam­ics lead­ing up to the ride.

The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on March 22 at the BCF be­gins at 7 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Con­sta­ble Craig Nelson at 403-820-4264.

The Bad­lands to Banff Bi­cy­cle ex­cur­sion is set to go in its fourth year and is host­ing an in­for­ma­tion eve- ning on March 22 for po­ten­tial par­tic­i­pants to learn more.

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