The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP) is pleased to invite you to Discoverers’ Expedition 2019 (Rajd Odkrywców 2019 – RO19) – tourist and educational event of our scouting summer. The Discoverers’ Expedition has been organised by ZHP for 11 years (previously under the name of The Grunwald Rally). It is a one week hike during which we test new methods of educational work and explore a chosen region of Poland – this time it will be Southern Podlachia, which is a borderland of Masovian and Lublin voivodships.
The Discoverers’ Expedition 2019 is made of 9 Routes which start in different places and end up in one common destination, Radzyń Podlaski. During the hike participants stay overnight in different locations. The routes lead through the picturesque areas of Podlasie, for Poles also important in terms of history. We’ll be traversing green forests and backwaters with old maps, military orders and reports in our hands to find real places some of the battles. In this Expeditions will help us oral reports from the inhabitants of those areas, numerous studies, various historical sources and cooperation with substantive partners. Who wouldn’t feel like a prospector, finding in the ground objects from hundred years? The effect of every route will be short reportage film make by participants which will has the task to show our discoveries. The Discoverers’ Expedition will also be an opportunity to get to know Podlachia traditions and folklore . On the routes we can offer you breathtaking views and also we will help you to know wildness face of nature here. What characterizes Podlachia is peace, quiet, beautiful green landscapes, full of pristine forests, rivers and backwaters.
The Discoverers’ Expedition 2019 will start in the evening of July 2nd. In the morning of the next day, we will start our hike. On the last day, 7th July, all routes will lead to Radzyń Podlaski. There will be a roll-call of all participating patrols, followed by a concert, announcement of the winning patrols and other attractions. During the Final of the Expedition we invite all RO19 participants to spend time together and integrate with other people.
During the 7 hiking days we will discover beautiful areas of Podlachia. The hikes will start in different towns of tourist attraction. It is easy to get there by rail or bus. Startup locations include, among others, Międzyrzec Podlaski, Okrzeja, Drohiczyn and Sarnaki.
The youngest can be 12 years old. The upper age limit is 25 years (this does not apply, of course, to patrol leaders). Each patrol should have 5-15 participants + at least 1 adult leader.
Applications are accepted via a form available for download here. The completed form should be sent to the email address under the heading “Application for RO19 + name of the scout/guide organisation”. The application form will be available on the RO19 website from 10st January 2019. You are welcome to register until 10th April.
(Changing members of the patrol after the registration deadline needs RO19 Chief ‘s approval, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
While registering for RO19 a patrol can indicate 1-3 preferred routes. The organizers allocate the patrol route, taking into account the preferences, the age of the participants and availability of a Polish partner patrol.
(If you choose a bicycle route, you will need to bring your own bicycle and helmet. Patrols should have basic bicycle repair equipment. It is absolutely necessary to learn about the rules of road traffic in Poland beforehand.)
International patrols must provide authorisation of the International Commissioner of their scout /guide association in order to be accepted.
Payment, accomodation and partner groups
Participation fee is 119 zlotys per person – for youth participants as well as leaders. Payment should be made by a wire transfer to the bank account.
Payment is made by a bank transfer into our acoount in BRE Bank nr 11 1140 1010 0000 5392 2900 1021 Polish Scouting and Guiding Association ul. (street) Konopnickiej 6 00-491 Warsaw (uder the heading ”paymment title” please enter the term DSCZ Disoverers’ Expedition 2019+your team name) in 14 days from completing the application form for all members of your team. Teams submitted after 24 March 2019 should make payment to 5 April 2019.
The amount paid on account of the extra sentence contribution won’t be returned in the case of: resignation team or member from participation in rally or of non-accomplishment by the patrol of application formalities.
The organizers provide each participant with:
- accommodation in basic conditions (in schools),
- 1 hot meal each day from 3rd to 7th July
- boiling water for dinner and breakfast at place of accommodation.
Communicative language for international participants is English and Russian. Both during the preparation and the event itself the partnership patrol system is in place, i.e. each international team cooperates with a team from Poland. Teams are liaised before the expedition, as soon as possible, after confirmation of registration and payment of the fee.
Accommodation will be arranged in basic conditions in schools. The organizers do not provide access to showers at every overnight location. Necessary individual equipment: sleeping mat, sleeping bag, tourist backpack, uniform, comfortable sports shoes, shoes for change to be used in schools, food utensils (mess kit, cup, cutlery), raincoat, headwear that protects from the sun. Each patrol should have: first aid kit, compass, patrol/team pennant, flashlight, and at least two reflective vests.
Participants will carry their staff and equipment with them (in backpacks). The exception is kayak stretches, when luggage is transported for you to the next accommodation. The Discoverers’ Expedition programme will be carried out regardless of weather conditions.
If you have any questions, please contact
Chief of Discoverers’ Expedition 2019
or International Cooperation Coordinator of Discoverers’ Expedition 2019
+48 575 445 488