Presentation on theme: "What is It? It is the ‘Ultimate Challenge’ for all Scouts and Explorer Scouts in East & West Sussex A test of fitness and navigation A test of all Scouting."— Presentation transcript:
What is It? It is the ‘Ultimate Challenge’ for all Scouts and Explorer Scouts in East & West Sussex A test of fitness and navigation A test of all Scouting skills, including teamwork ….. but, best of all, it is a fantastic experience and great fun!
Where is It? Somewhere on the South Downs The route is secret and is different every year
What’s Involved? Hiking in teams of four, without assistance, for 25 miles over two days Camping overnight and cooking your own meals Map reading to find checkpoints ‘Incidents’ (tests) at each checkpoint
How Good is It? … Probably the best thing you’ll ever do as a Scout! Those who complete the training will qualify to join the District hillwalking trip to the Lake District next April All of this counts towards your Expedition Award and Chief Scout’s Gold Award … … and will put you on track for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in Explorers.
When is It? 23 rd and 24 th March 2013 There’s also the less challenging ‘Ashdown Hike’ on the 3 rd March
So Why do I Need to Know Now? Because you’ll need to do a lot of training between now and then! Training hikes are available every weekend from 12 th January until the competition The first hike, just for fun, is on 6 th January and families are welcome! Need to know what it’s really like – ask Maia, Nik, Caitlin or Will. Okay, maybe not Will, he tends to sleep a lot on hikes!
What Equipment is Needed? Hiking Boots (comfortable, robust, waterproof, with good ankle support) Good quality waterproofs (jacket & over-trousers) Warm clothes, in layers, including thermal top, fleece & trousers (quick drying items - NEVER JEANS) Warm hat & gloves (ideally waterproof ) 50-60L rucksack 3-season sleeping bag (needed by 3 rd March) Water bottle or bladder …….and sunglasses! Full kit list will be provided – please ask Richard for advice before shopping!
Where Can I Find Out More? Ask your Leader Read the Booklet Go to Convince your parents Tell your Leader that you want to take part Ask Father Christmas for any equipment you may need! Then turn up and have a go!