FAQs
Checkpoint Food and Drinks

You should carry your packed lunch and maybe a few chocolate or energy sweets. water and/or squash is provided at most checkpoints.

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Team Name

You can enter with whatever team name you wish. However two things to bear in mind:

  1. If you win a trophy would you rather have your Group or District name on it for posterity or something less meaningful like "Four Chaps in yellow coats" – it's up to you.
  2. If the name is inappropriate we will censor it in any publications – we will check names for inappropriate foreign translations as well.

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Use of Global Positioning System - GPS

We do not ban the use of GPS. But why would you feel the need for one?

Hopefully you have entered the event to test your navigation skills and endurance against nature. If you use additional aids you are only really cheating yourself. 

We don't believe that a GPS will make a lot of difference to a good team, they may help a hopelessly lost team, but you've still got to be able to transfer the GPS data to the map to find out which way you need to go!


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Mobile Phones

We encourage the carrying of mobile phones as it helps us to call you if you are overdue at a checkpoint and find you if you are lost or in need of help. We discourage outside assistance via mobiles from teams' supporters.

You need to give us your mobile number either on the entry form or at Check-in when you arrive.

Please don't give us your mum's mobile number as they may get worried if we give your team a call to find out if you are lost and where you are!


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Scratch Teams

Should one of the team wish to retire, the remainder may continue as long as at least three Scouts are still walking. If not, those wishing to continue must join up with other walkers. Any incomplete team will not, qualify for a trophy; the complete team that started must finish together to qualify for a trophy.


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Litter

There is no excuse for dropping litter. 

You have pockets so please hang onto your rubbish until you pass someone's bin or give it to the staff at the next checkpoint. Please keep the countryside tidy, you are representing Scouting.

The locals know this is a Scout event. Litter gives us all bad publicity. Teams will be subject to disqualification if they are found to have dropped litter.


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Equipment

Boots or strong shoes – in the past we used to be very prescriptive and specified leather walking boots. 

Technology has changed and has introduced lighter materials. Please use common sense, the boots must be waterproof and designed for walking.

We do a kit check at the start and we will disqualify you if your footwear is no good. NO Trainers, "designer" shoes or boots and avoid steel toecapped boots or you'll get big blisters.


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Map Skills

Spend some time brushing up on your mapping skills. 

To be sure you are not missing anything important you need to know about map symbols, scale, direction and distance. Knowing about these will help you unlock the secrets of maps. 

Map Reading Made Easy Peasey is a leaflet from Ordnance Survey which explains the main things you need to understand, especially when using Ordnance Survey Explorer maps at 1:25 000 scale.

The County Mountaineering Team is offering navigation training – details will appear on the website.


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