I’m a member of AARCH. Who can I invite to tours or events with me?
You are welcome to invite members and non-members to AARCH events. Pricing will differ for non-members, as noted in the tour schedule. Note that most outings are limited to four reservations per member. Parties of members are limited to one request per party of four.
If a tour is consistently sold out, why don’t you just offer it more often?
All the places we visit require a great deal of planning and orchestration. Many of these places are special camps, homes, and businesses, open to us on a very limited and exclusive basis. We are occasionally able to offer an outing more than once each year but to honor the wishes of our hosts, we are limited to one outing.
What is the waiting list?
Our waiting list is a list of people who have expressed interest in attending a certain tour, after the tour has been filled. People are placed on the waiting list in the order their requests were drawn through the lottery or in the order they made their requests after the initial lottery process was over. If spaces open on a tour, people are contacted sequentially from the waiting list to try to fill the open positions.
Why is a tour marked “Sponsors Only”?
As a way of thanking our larger donors (Sponsor-level members and up), we occasionally offer a special event that is only available to these members. What then usually happens is that we offer this event again a year or two later to our full membership. If someone wants to register for a “Sponsor’s only” tour but is not a Sponsor-level member or up, they can increase their membership giving to qualify.
Why can’t I get on a tour when it is my first or only choice?
AARCH has a membership of nearly a thousand households and tours normally only have 30 openings, unless otherwise stated. In the random lottery drawing, it is very possible that a tour request at the end of the process will be chosen after the available slots are filled.
How do you choose where to go?
AARCH has been offering tours and workshops since 1991, our first full year as an organization, and we take great pride in the number and variety of places that we’ve brought people to throughout the region – nearly 300 different outings and counting. Each year we offer an assortment of events that explore a variety of subjects and themes, are spread throughout the region, and will appeal to different audiences. We repeat many of our most popular tours, but we are constantly looking for new places to explore and aspire to offer several new outings each year.