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This project was successfully funded on July 1, 2014.

Driving an ice cream truck across America, we'll give away ice cream and inspire the next generation to explore and protect their world

About this project

The spark for the Ice Cream Expedition is that stirring within all of us when we hear of a great explorer and their adventures. The three of us have spent our lives running through mountains, climbing trees and getting lost abroad. We recently started to examine why we have this drive to exist in the unknown and have realized that, although it’s often the novelty of an experience that entices one to explore, it’s the knowledge earned during the experience that is fulfilling.

However, with great knowledge comes great responsibility. An explorer is in a way responsible for preserving what he has discovered. Whether it is an ancient temple or a creek in the backyard, an explorer is first and foremost a conservationist. It is our aim to inspire the next generation with the realization that they are explorers with priceless knowledge and to empower them with the responsibility of conserving and protecting their natural world.

How best to connect with the next generation of explorers - an ice cream truck. Growing up we would literally sprint blocks to catch an ice cream truck. We'll be giving away all-natural ice cream to start our conversation with children around America. 

The most delicious ice cream you have ever tasted. We'll be serving four flavors of Magnolia Ice Cream: Mango, Avocado, Guava, and a mix of Purple Yam and Coconut
The most delicious ice cream you have ever tasted. We'll be serving four flavors of Magnolia Ice Cream: Mango, Avocado, Guava, and a mix of Purple Yam and Coconut

We’ll hear honest thoughts about the environment, giving voice to the individuals that will confront most of the issues that scientists are discovering today. We will hear first hand what these kids are passionate about, encouraging them that where they live is somewhere worth exploring, somewhere worth conserving.

Our truck, ready to be retrofitted, converted, and driven across the country.
Our truck, ready to be retrofitted, converted, and driven across the country.

When we approached National Geographic and National Geographic Kids with this idea it was met with enthusiasm. We were awarded a National Geographic Young Explorer grant, which provided some of the funding we need. Furthermore, we have been working hand in hand with National Geographic and National Geographic Kids to design the trip and working through the logistics of putting on large events in major cities along the way.

In the documentary to be filmed during this trip we aim to approach the concept of conservation from a child’s point of view – something that is complicated, yet an exciting challenge. Seeing first hand where they play and where they explore we will try to find pertinent areas where we need to focus our conservational efforts, giving us tools to cut through scientific jargon and political confusion that has infiltrated the issue of conservation.

We plan to start our trip July 18, 2014 and finishing in mid September. During the trip we plan on traveling to 33 states roughly along the route in the map below.

 

Tentative Event Schedule
Tentative Event Schedule

Funding will go towards buying and converting a diesel step van into an ice cream truck that runs on vegetable oil. Furthermore, it will cover a few additional pieces of necessary camera equipment, expenses while we produce the documentary, every day expenses during the trip, and fixes for any breakdowns that we encounter. Below is a chart of our predicted expenses.

We hope you check out our Kickstarter rewards to find one that you like. Below we have examples of what we expect our T-shirts, Hats, and Bracelets will look like.

We look forward to meeting many of you during our travels. Thank you for sharing our idea with those you know and thank you of course for your contributions which will make our dream of an Ice Cream Expedition a reality.

Follow our trip on social media:

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Instagram: @ICexpedition 
Twitter: @ICexpedition

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest anticipated setbacks is a significant breakdown. As we said in the video, we fully plan on breaking down, it's just a matter of where it happens. The truck is a 1988 Chevrolet which is conducive to a less expensive fix. We will carry all the tools needed and do our best on preventative maintenance.

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    9 backers

    We'll add your name to our incredible list of backers and give you a personalized shout-out on our Facebook and Twitter pages. This is included for all of the reward levels.

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    19 backers

    You'll receive the official Ice Cream Expedition bracelet. You're going to want one of these.

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    12 backers

    We'll send you a digital copy of the film when it is released + exclusive updates & behind the scenes from the road and production.

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    Personalized video from the road. We'll record a video from a memorable location customized for you + $20 level

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    You get a personalized thank you postcard from wherever we might be on the road + $20 level

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    16 backers

    An Ice Cream Expedition t-shirt and bracelet + $20 level

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    23 backers Limited (27 left of 50)

    Your name on our truck! We only have a limited amount of space on the truck so donate soon! + $20 level

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    5 backers Limited (45 left of 50)

    The Ice Cream Expedition t-shirt, hat, bracelet, and limited edition poster for the release of the documentary + $20 level

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    15 backers All gone!

    You are an exclusive private backer of an event on the road. We will recognize you as the personal sponsor of the event. There are only 15 official events that will be assigned on a first come first serve basis + $20 level

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    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    Ice cream delivery! Grab some friends because we are sending you the most delicious Magnolia Ice Cream sampler pack. We will overnight you a pint each of mango, avocado, purple yam, guava, and thai iced tea ice cream straight to your doorstep still cold and ready to devour + $35 level

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    3 backers Limited (12 left of 15)

    For a company or group, we are offering to come and serve you ice cream if you are located in a city where we have an event.

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    It's ice cream party time! We will come to you, yes that's right in the legendary Ice Cream Expedition truck and throw an ice cream party that will be the talk of the block for years to come. (Balloons are included). You will also be the first to see the documentary before it is released and your name will appear in the credits as a special thank you + $75 level.

    (Must live in the continental US)

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    2 backers All gone!

    Welcome aboard! You are officially on the Ice Cream Expedition team. Not only do you get the ice cream party, all the official Ice Cream Expedition gear, see the film before anyone, but you are now an associate producer of the documentary. This means you'll receive exclusive updates from the crew during all stages of production as well being listed as a producer of the film in the credits.

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