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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Desert Adventures? Desert Adventures was founded in March of 1980 by a group of people who got together one night for dinner and found themselves discussing the need for an alternative and better way to meet people and socialize, other than the bars.  From that meeting arose Desert Adventures, an organization designed primarily to provide camping, hiking and other outdoor activities for members of our community.  Since then, Desert Adventures has expanded its activities to include other recreational activities as well such as tubing, cycling, pool parties, hot air ballooning, 4 wheeling, IMAX theater, plays, trips to zoos, museums, botanical gardens and many other activities.

Click Calendar of Events to see the list of upcoming adventures (check back here often, the schedule is updated regularly).

How do I join the club?  Joining the club is easy! Simply click the Join us tab and select Membership. Once you have read the Terms and Conditions of the club click the Agreement button at the bottom of the form to submit your application. The application process will be complete once we receive payment for the annual membership fee (which is only $25). You can pay the membership fee online through PayPal via the auto generated e-mailed invoice or on your Member Profile Page. You can also pay by mailing a check to the club's PO Box listed below or even bring it with you to the next event. You can also download a copy of our Membership Application and mail it in with payment.

What if I need to update the information? Click your Membership Profile on the right and use the same online form to update a change of address (or other changes).

How do I get information about the activities? You can get all the information from our Calendar of Events page. If you have additional questions you can contact the activity leader for the event or you can join us at a social meeting (See Calendar of Events).  In this meeting the activity leaders present their activity to the group.  You have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have at that time.  This meeting is always open to non-members.  It gives you the opportunity to meet some of our members and to see if Desert Adventures is the right club for you. You can automatically receive updates to our Calendar of Events through an RSS reader by clicking the RSS Icon on our Calendar of Events page. If you are using Google Chrome, you may need to add a RSS subscription extension to your browser. You also can subscribe to our weekly E-mail Subscriptions in your Profile. 

What if I can't attend the next social meeting? You don't have to attend the social meetings to participate in Desert Adventures. The web site has all the information you need to participate in activities. You can pay the activity fees online through PayPal or by sending a check or money order to our Post Office box.

Official policy on refunds for activities
Register/pay, no show, no contact: no refund
Register/pay, no show, contact 1 week prior to event, full refund
Register/pay, no show, contact less than 1 week before event - refund less $5 charge to cover food & supplies purchased.*

*Applies to most events. Some events like plays, tours & campouts have stricter refund policies. Check with event hosts for exceptions.

What if I need to contact you, join or pay for an activity via mail?  A message will appear in the bottom right corner if you have any unpaid invoices or incomplete registrations, or if you are lapsed, overdue, or within a week of your renewal date. You can pay any unpaid invoices by selecting one or more invoices then clicking the Pay online button.

If you wish to join via mail just download our Membership Application, complete it and mail it along with your dues. You can also pay for an event or pay any invoice's by sending a check (with a note as to what and who you are paying for) to our mailing address at the bottom of the page.

Do you have to be a member of the club to participate in an "adventure"?  No, all our activities are open to the community.  Guests (non-members) pay slightly higher activity fees. The next question explains our "test drive" policy.

So why would I want to become a member if it's not required? Besides being able to attend activities at the "members price" you also receive a weekly Email Blast which describes all the upcoming activities & 3 free quarterly Members' parties.  We have a rebate policy which allows you to "test drive us" completely risk free!  If you join Desert Adventures within 30 days of attending an event we will apply the difference between the guest price and member price to the cost of your membership.

Are the dues expensive?  No, membership is only $25 a year.  Even if your work schedule keeps you from attending some DA events, the 3 free members' parties alone make the $25 annual membership fee worth it!

How do you decide on what type of "adventures" to include? Traditionally, the club started out as a camping and hiking club and we continue that tradition by holding at least one campout a month.  Campouts are a great way to relax and make new friends!  Everything else is entirely up to club members.  Each adventure is led by a volunteer from the group and they choose what the activity will be.  All they have to do is bring their idea to the club's activities chair and they will help them with the details of arranging the activity and promoting it during our social meetings and on our web site.  This is a great way to share a favorite activity with the group or sometimes a member will lead an activity that they've always wanted to do but didn't want to do alone (a trip to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens, for example).

It looks like most events are held on weekends, is that true?  Yes, while we do hold some activities during the week the bulk of our activities are held on the weekends.  Campouts are usually scheduled for Friday through Sunday (some campouts are extended to 4 or 5 days).  You are not required to attend all three days of a campout.  Some of our members join us late on Friday night (after work) or wait until Saturday morning to arrive.  Some of our members occasionally work weekends but they still find that they "get their money's worth" even though they only attend a few activities a year.  If our membership shows an interest in more mid-week activities we can certainly add them.

Is Desert Adventures a dating service?  Desert Adventures is a social club for people to meet and participate in activates. While many long term relationships can credit their beginnings to meeting at a Desert Adventures event, we are not a dating service.  The club consists of both singles and couples. We all know how difficult it is to start up a conversation with someone at a bar and not have them think it's a pick up line.  It's not like that when you're sitting around a campfire or on a hike and that's the point of the club, to make new friends in a comfortable environment.

What kinds of people join Desert Adventures? As everyone has noticed when the DA members gather for an event, we are a varied group! We are all unique members of a family that we choose to belong to called Desert Adventures. Based on the question, “How did you find out about Desert Adventures” from our membership applications we've discovered that most new members found out about the club from other DA members. We do our own best advertising! We gather for fun and to explore the beauty of the great outdoors. That’s our main objective. We enjoy each other’s company, we welcome new members and we support each other in many ways.

How did we come to choose the "Father Sky Yei" for the Desert Adventures logo?  It all started when we decided to have some T-shirts made up to promote the club and the club had no logo.  No one had any ideas, so I decided to go to the public library on Central Avenue.  Since we wanted a logo with a Southwestern flavor, I went to the Arizona Room to look through all the books and magazines that had something to do with Arizona's culture.  While going through some old magazines, I came upon an old photograph that showed a Navajo Shaman and a traditional sand painting that he had been working on.  In the next picture, a Navajo woman was sitting in the middle of the sand painting, and the Shaman was reciting some sort of incantation.  Apparently, by sitting on the sand painting and by saying the right words, a person could be protected from all diseases.  I felt that this was so apropos to our community and lifestyle that I decided to find out just which "yei" the Shaman had painted in the sand.  It turned out to be the "yei" called "Father Sky."

"Father Sky Yei" symbolizes health and protection from diseases.  The black bars are called "The Bars of Happiness" and symbolize happiness and good times.  Beige T-shirts were used to represent the down-to-earth color of the sand that the "Yei's" are normally painted on. Brian Evitch, Founder of Desert Adventures

(The name DESERT ADVENTURES, INC. and the logo, "Father Sky yei", are copyright and trademark protected)

P.O. Box 2008 • Phoenix, Arizona 85001 • E-mail da411@desertadventures.org

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