The world in which the Great Big Adventure takes place, and the stories that unfold are the creations of Meredyth Hunt, aka Willow Walker:
"I created The Great Big Adventure because it is something I would have loved to participate in as a child. I spent most of my childhood free time running around my neighborhood creating elaborate stories, that I then cajoled my friends into playing/creating along with me. As I got older, I loved to read any book my mother would pass on to me when she was finished. Historical Romance, Science Fiction, and Fantasy novels were my favorites, with 'The Hobbit' being a particular treasure of mine. All of that reading, also, eventually led to a love of writing. And as a teenager, visiting the local Renaissance Faire was a treat I looked forward to all year.
The Great Big Adventure is a combination of all the things I grew up loving: running around in the woods pretending to be someone else, writing fantastical stories, sharing my creations with others!"
Upon joining the Adventure each child gets to pick the tribe they wish to be a part of as well as choosing their own Adventure name!
Although there are four distinct tribes, the focus of the Adventure is working together to find peaceful solutions. Using wits, and the collective brain power of the Adventurers, many creative answers come to life.
" One of the aspects I most love about leading the Adventure is that even though we, the actors, know what is going to happen we don't know how the children will respond to what is happening. The actors are always listening to what the children are saying and trying to either validate their ideas, or incorporate them into the story somehow. I want the Adventurers to feel fully engrossed in the Adventure and like they are an integral part of the story, which they are! As I created the three different Adventures I took every opportunity to have the children jump into the middle of the action."
At the Adventure gatherings the most exciting parts of the stories unfold! This is where the Adventurers' courage is truly tested. They come face to face with the elements, strange creatures, and...Villains.
"The Great Big Adventure can be intense! The actors are fully committed to their characters and telling the story authentically. Some of the children get so involved in the story they are shaking with excitement. I am always walking a line between making sure the Adventure is fun and surprising but not too scary. However, if a child gets overwhelmed and needs to take a break we have one of our guides prepared to help them do just that. It is my goal that each child will experience exhilaration , laughter, inclusion, suspense and triumph!"