Be Prepared for the Adventure Centre
Are you attending an Adventure Centre event? That’s great! Here’s how to be prepared for your experience:
Before the start of your Adventure Centre experience, each adult or student participant in your group will need to fill out a medical information form and waiver of liability:
What to Bring
The bulk of our programing is outdoors, so being properly prepared for the weather is a crucial part of being able to participate in your Adventure Centre experience. Keep in mind that The Adventure Centre has limited indoor/covered space to retreat from the elements. Clients should be prepared to spend the entire program outside.
In the event that participants arrive at the Adventure Centre improperly prepared to deal with the elements, our staff will consult with the client to determine cancellation or rescheduling the program. Weather in West Michigan can change rapidly. Listen to the forecast for the day of your program and plan accordingly!
Participants who require the use of inhalers, epi-pens, or other form of medication must bring those items with them on the day of the program.
Winter programming can be especially rewarding due to the added intensity of the weather. Being properly prepared for the elements is a crucial part of being able to participate in programming during the winter months.
Wet, cold feet are miserable and dangerous. The best option for your feet is warm and waterproof.
- Insulated boots: This the most appropriate foot wear for programming during the winter months. If it is snowing, has snowed recently, or is at 39 degrees or below please come prepared with insulated boots.
- Hiking boots: On cold days with little or no precipitation, hiking boots provide an acceptable option. Ideally these would be waterproof.
- Athletic shoe: As Michigan’s weather is extremely variable, the potential for a 45 degree and sunny day in December is always present. In these conditions an athletic shoe would be acceptable.
Make sure to dress in layers and bring extra clothing. In general, the following guidelines will significantly effect the quality of your experience:
- Try to wear layers of wool or any of the synthetic fibers that remain warm even when wet.
- Avoid cotton, especially as a top layer. Once cotton is wet, it will remain so for the remainder of the program and will significantly increase the chance for hypothermia.
- Socks: A heavy wool or synthetic sock. Avoid one that will constrict your foot in your chosen foot wear. If cotton is your only option, be sure to bring a spare pair (see below).
- Jeans or Corduroys layered over long underwear or tights is a good option. Synthetic Athletic pants that repel water is a good idea as an extra layer. In rain or snow, consider other options that will keep your legs dry.
- Sweaters: Wool or synthetic fleece are the best options. Cotton sweatshirts or other heavy cotton options are good until they get wet.
- Insulated, water-resistant gloves.
- Warm hat: A winter hat that covers the ears is suggested. Scarves, Balaclavas, earmuffs, winter head band are also good options.
- Coat: An insulated water resistant coat or a water proof/resistant shell over a good layering of clothing are suggested.
- Hand/Foot warmers: On days when the temperature is expected to be below 30 degrees, you may want to bring a few disposable hand/foot warmers. These are highly effective when placed at the waist, with one layer of clothing between them and your skin, to warm the body core.
- Bring along a back pack to carry an extra pair of socks and an extra warm layer.
- Bring along a thermos of hot water, tea, hot chocolate, or coffee for yourself.
- Bring along a water bottle – dehydration is a reality in the winter.
Many of our activities are appropriate during a rain shower. Being prepared for wet and cold and being surprised with sunny and mild is the preferred way to spend a day here at the Adventure Centre.
- Hiking boots: A good option for summer programming. If it is wet or threatening rain, please use a wool sock.
- Athletic shoe: On many summer days an athletic shoe provides all one would need. If it is raining, please consider an extra pair of socks.
- Please dress in layers and bring extra clothing.
- Clothing should be loose fitting and comfortable. Any type of pant or shorts are acceptable. Please bear in mind that you will be in the woods for the majority of the day and a long pant provides more protection.
- Sweaters: Wool or synthetic fleece are the best options. Cotton sweatshirts or other heavy cotton options are good unless they get wet.
- Coat: A poncho, rain coat, or a other shell is well worth bringing. If it is cold, bring an insulated water resistant coat or a water proof/resistant shell over a good layering of clothing.
- Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and camera.
- Bring along a backpack to carry an extra pair of socks and a warm layer.
- Bring along a water bottle that you can refill at any of our wonderful well heads.
Map & Directions
The Adventure Centre is located at 9427 West Q Ave in Mattawan, Michigan, just west of Kalamazoo.
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The office of the Adventure Centre is located just west of the main entrance for Pretty Lake Camp. There is an unpaved entrance at the intersection of Q Ave. and 3rd Street (indicated by the yellow marker on the map above). Take this entrance and follow the unpaved road for approximately 1 mile to the Adventure Centre Office.