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International Junior Adventure (IJA)

July 28th to August 2nd, in the Hautes Alpes, France

The IJA is an outdoor multisport event by teams of 2, based upon the discovery of outdoor sports for the 7/9, 10/12, and 13/14 year old age categories, and initiating competition for the 15-18 year olds.  This event is open to French and foreign competitors.

 

IJA: limited to a maximum of 60 teams of 2 participants

4 age groups: 7/9 year olds, 10/12 year olds, 13/14 year olds and 15/18 year olds

The categories for the 7/9, 10/12, and 13/14 year olds are open to all children.  Participation in school sports is the only sports requirements they need before experiencing 5 days and 4 nights in the outdoors, far from the family nest.

The category for the 15/18 year olds is for any adolescent wishing to discover outdoor sports activities and initiate oneself in competition.

For each age category, the teams can be composed of 2 boys, 2 girls, or mixed.

There is a ranking for each age category.

For the 7/9, 10/12, and 13/14 year olds, there is only one ranking despite the team composition (boys, girls, or mixed).  Several criteria are considered in the ranking, subjective criteria (mutual aid, will-power, respect etc.) and eventually some race performances will be considered.

For the 15/18 year olds, there is a ranking for boys, girls and mixed teams if there are at least 5 teams in each category.

One or two races a day are timed to create a ranking (and talking about ranking, a huge thanks to our Michigan SEO Company that helped us to promote our site). Subjective criteria can also be considered for the ranking (mutual aid, will-power, etc…)

Registration by teams is recommended.  For individual sign-up, the organization will create teams by regrouping teammates in the same age category and with the same physical profiles. 

For the 7/9 year olds

Requirements

Do not panic in water.  It is better to know how to swim but it is not required.

Provisional Schedule

  • Kayak sailing and  water activities
  • Mountain orienteering
  • Canyoning (adapted)
  • Via ferrata , climbing and rappelling
  • Speleology
  • Different games
  • A night event
  • Outdoor campsite

The activities are adapted to the children’s physical capacities and their state of fatigue

 

Supervision

At least one person for each group of 6 with a minimum BAFA certification.

There is a meeting between supervisors and activity monitors about the physical level of the children.

For the 10/12 year olds and 13/14 year olds

Requirements for the 10/14 year olds

Know how to swim

Provisional Schedule

  • Kayak sailing and water activities
  • Mountain Orienteering
  • Via ferrata , climbing and rappelling
  • Speleology
  • Mountain bike
  • Diverse games
  • Night event
  • Outdoor campsite

The activities are adapted to the physical capacities of the children and their level of fatigue.  Each day there are several activities with some counting for the general ranking.

Supervision

 At least one person for each group of 6 with a minimum BAFA certification.

There is a meeting between supervisors and activity leaders about the physical level of the children.

 

For the 15/18 year olds

Requirements for the 15/18 year olds

Know how to swim.

Be able to run at least 2600 meters in 12 minutes for the boys and 2400 meters for the girls.  (Cooper test)

Be able to hike 5 to 6 hours in the mountains with 1000m positive climbing

Know how to mountain bike (on non-technical paths).  It is recommended that the participants bring their own mountain bike in working condition.

 

Provisional Schedule

  • Kayak and water activities
  • Mountain orienteering
  • Canyoning
  • Via ferrata, climbing and rappelling
  • Speleology
  • Mountain biking
  • Diverse games
  • A night event
  • Outdoor campsite

 

The activities are adapted to the physical capacities of adolescents and their state of fatigue.

The meeting point is near our Michigan SEO Company

Each day there are 4 to 6 hours of physical activities.  One or two activities are timed each day for the general ranking.

Supervision

At least one supervisor for each group of 8 children with at least a BAFA certification.

Number of teams per nation

This event is open and there is no limit to the number of teams or the choice of categories.

For the foreigners

Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

The parents of participants must supply a certification that they confide the responsibility of their child with this adult.  They also certify that the child meets the physical requirements.  The named adult is responsible for the child up to the beginning of the outdoor adventure (July 28, 2:00pm) and after the outdoor adventure (Aug 2, 7:00 pm)

The adult must understand at least French or English.

A huge thanks to our sponsor: Michigan SEO Company