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Scout Hike - Fri 19 to Sun 21 May 2017

posted 14 Apr 2017, 00:37 by Andrew Yeaman   [ updated 8 Jul 2017, 23:36 ]

Scout Hike is an annual, state-wide hiking event for between 200 and 500 scouts. 

In 2017, Scout Hike will again be held in the Tallarook State Forest, from Friday 19th through to Sunday 21st May. 

Branch First Aid, 4x4 and Radio teams work together with the Scout Hike organising committee to provide services and support for this highly successful event. 

Scout Hike has a theme base each year, with every person, Sleep point and activity site being asked to dress-up to the theme each year, so increasing the fun aspect of the weekend. The theme for 2017 is Horrible Histories.

Scouts take part in the event as part of a Learner Patrol or a Competition Patrol.

On Friday evening Scout Patrols from metropolitan Melbourne are transported by coaches to a leader operated Sleep-point in Tallarook State Forest. The PL’s are provided with a map, a list of grid references for Activity and Sleep Point locations, and a Patrol Passport which includes their instructions. Patrols plot the Activity points and decide which route they want to take throughout the weekend. After breakfast on Saturday morning, Competition Patrols set off hiking between Activities to their designated Saturday Sleep Point. Sunday morning they head off again to finish at a central Finish Point, from where they are collected by the coaches and travel back to their original departure location.

Learner Patrols are also provided for, although they are accompanied by an adult on their hike, walk with a full sized backpack (not a day pack) and return to the same Sleep point on Saturday night. Note: on Saturday the full sized back pack is without their tent and sleeping gear which are still set up at their Sleep Point.

Each Activity is a Patrol-based exercise provided by Leaders, Rovers and Venturers. Those which are not purely fun are based on Scout Skills, usually linked to a requirement from the Explorer Level Award Scheme. Patrols are assessed at each Activity as a team in four aspects: "Leadership", "Planning", "Attitude and Enthusiasm" and "Overall Achievement". The total of their weekend scores determine if they are Gold, Silver, Bronze or Competitor standard. Competitive Patrols earning Gold Standard, are "Co-holders" of the Annual Scouthike Trophy and have the right to proudly display it at Group and other special occasions. Learner patrols all receive a Competition pennant.

The cost is $60.00 per head for all Metro Region Scouts, (plus 100 Bonus Points, if received before 26th April). This covers cost of bus transport to and from the hike area, pennants for each Patrol, badges for each person involved, toilets, drinking water, as well as administration costs. 
Note: There is an additional cost for food for the weekend as determined by the patrol.

The cost for the leader or adult accompanying a Learner Patrol is $36.00.

ALL Applications CLOSE Tuesday 2nd May.