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Bay Area Adventure Club

People need a lot more meaning and freedom in their lives. More connection, more intrigue, and more adventure. Adventure Club is part of our effort to create more joy and more resistance. Adventure Club may not change the world, but for those who commit to try, it will make their world more interesting, exciting, and engaged.

Adventure Club is post-apocalyptic revolutionary logistics training

Think of Adventure Club as radical skill-share. It can range from rather tame to semi-hardcore direct action. Anything from extreme hide and seek to urban squatting to billboard liberation to more clandestine activism.

We are building new traditions and rituals. Adventure Club is fundamentally meaningful, giving people intellectual and emotional tools they need to survive in the world. AC actions always have a training element, are always physical, and are completed in a single night (or day). AC is not merely fun and pranks, but that's often part of it.

During Adventure Club you will be asked to go beyond the limits of what you may consider safe and comfortable, and sometimes beyond the limits of what is strictly legal.

Everyone brings unique skills to Adventure Club. In Adventure Club, everyone is contributing what they see as their best talent toward creating change in the world as well as learning new skills from others.

Think of it like this: if the world were to go to hell tomorrow, if we were to further descend into a jackbooted fascist police state or post-soviet era chaos - or if we create our new world full of music and dancing and wilderness - what skills would you wish you had?

Timing, Members, & Hosting

AC is held about once a month. Just frequently enough to give us something to look forward to, as well as time enough to get involved in other mischief.

One must be recommended to join Adventure Club or vouched in. AC helps create trust between loose networks of connected strangers and build connections for other projects.

Members don't know the date, time, location, or what to bring to Adventure Club until a week before it happens. You find out what you are doing for AC when you show up.

No one person runs Adventure Club. As a member, you are responsible for Adventure Club and will, at some point be asked to organize one. Got an idea? Take the initiative. If you need help, talk to us.

Adventure Club in Your Area

There is probably already an Adventure Club in your area. If there isn't, start one. Don't wait for someone to give you the okay. Just fucking do it. All it takes is gumption, a few friends, a skill you want to share, and a desire to make change and sneak around in the dark.

AC is an opportunity to learn a skill, teach it to others, and push our limits in a meaningful way. Don't sweat it if you are not an expert when you host. By the time it's over, you'll be a pro. Here are just some of the ideas we've either done or considered for Adventure Club:

* Billboard Repurposing
* Extreme Hide-and-Seek
* Practical Forgery
* Knife Fighting
* Secure Communications
* Wheatpasting
* Surveillance
* Evading Security
* Living in the Woods
* Urban Camping
* Road Blockades
* Climbing barbwire & other barriers
* Trainhopping
* Tracking
* Storytelling
* Disguises
* Singing
* Search and Seizure Rights
* Climbing Buildings
* Guerilla Gardening
* Watching Clouds
* Stenciling
* Brazen Square-dancing

Develop your own style, but here's a few things that work for us. When you host, you make up the rules for the night. Give people freedom within structure, but don't get hung up on rules. The host thinks of everything including contingencies. Adventure Club doesn't hurt anyone or cause situations where people get hurt. Adventure Club doesn't cause destruction just for the fuck of it. Each person in AC is responsible for her or his own actions.

We're tired of feeling restless and angry and bored. We demand much much more from our lives and we want it now.

AC Handbill

Here is the newish nifty AC handbill. Print it double-sided two-up and fold all fan-fold stylee. Pass it to your friends and comrades. We also have a word doc version if you need to modify it.


adventure club handbill.pdf (306 k)

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Re: Bay Area Adventure Club

How dumb do they think we are?
Everyone, please say hello to the Counter-Intelligence Field Activity (CIFA), the domestic spy agency of Homeland Security.

Everyone expects the feds to infiltrate resistance groups now, but no one expects the feds to start them.

Go ahead, join the AC. Show them who you are, what you can do, and how much you need to be watched down the road when oil runs out and the economy begins to collapse. You're basically interviewing to be under surveillace.

Warren Dykstra

Re: Bay Area Adventure Club

Whatever. Don't do it then.

I'm pro-security culture, but when people are too freaked out to do things and have fun, then you've internalized the policeman and the cops win.

So would I rob a bank or burn a mink farm with anyone I met through AC? Uh, no. But might it be a good way to network with disparate folks? Yeah sure. And could it introduce folks to new skills and encourage them to take risks in life? Sure, maybe.

You gotta figure, especially with the most recent news, that there is a cop at every a-cafe, every open meeting, every demo, and in many collectives taking notes, recording license numbers, and taking names.

But at some point, unless you are willing to only hang out with an insular bunch of your closest like-minded friends, you're gonna have to say fuck 'em if you want to have a life.

Re: Bay Area Adventure Club

I do want to have a life. A life outside of jail, a life without even greater scrutiny of everything I read and drink and smoke and own and say. We can't escape the coming surveillance society, but there's no reason to practically beg to be taken down. This is a fishing expedition by the CIFA, to identify likely key resisters to a future police state in case repressive martial law is declared over some exagerted bird flu epidemic, or riots break out over super-high gas prices (think $8 per gallon!)

CIFA is performing reconaissance for pre-emptive strikes against key activists. It's that simple. And that scary.

Re: Bay Area Adventure Club

Okie. Doke. While I don't doubt it is possible that your paranoia is warrented. -- afterall, we've been living in Crazy Land for the last five or six years. But in this case, I'd say from first hand experience that you are wrong.

I ain't nobody in particular, and you don't know me from Adam, let alone a fed, but I can report that AC is not a particularly clumsy ruse to entrap would-be sabateurs, but a clumsy attempt at living life without constant barriers, restriction, and fear.

But that said, do what you must. And don't do what you don't believe in.

Re: Bay Area Adventure Club

I don't think that the "CIFA" is going to find much through the Adventure Club. That is not a slight against the AC, but most "key activists" are not out knife fighting right now. They are fighting the chest high-deep bullshit that this unelected government is trying pullover on us and the rest of the world.

That said, people DO need adventure. What is the problem with the description here? It sounds like another take on "Capture the Flag."

I have to agree with the person who wrote that if you internalize the policeman, then the cops (read: surveilance state) have already won. If you want to live a life outside of jail, then why would you allow people to treat you as though you are already a prisoner? Why would somebody already be worried about impending martial law? The way things are going right now, I don't know how they would enforce that anyway. The U.S. can't even manage to get Iraq under control. I don't see how they can successfully implement martial law here, unless fearful people like you allow them to do whatever they want, including putting RFID in your ID or on your body.

Live free or die.


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