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Overland Hike 2020 – Update 16th March 2020
Following the announcements this afternoon from the UK Government and the decision by John Easton the County Commissioner for East Sussex and Robert Swayer the County Commissioner for West Sussex to suspend all scouting in both Counties we regret to inform you that the 2020 Overland Hike is cancelled. The hike will not take place in 2020.
We as an organising team are very saddened by this but appreciate this is nothing compared to how the young people who have been training so hard for many months must be feeling right now.
All teams will receive a full refund in due course but please bear with us on this as it will take a period of time to arrange the payments.
In the 54 years that the Overland Hike has been running this is only the third time we have had to cancel the Hike. Rest assured we will bounce back from this in 2021 and very much hope you will enter next year.
Yours in Scouting
The overland hike is a competition hike for teams of 4 Scouts or Explorers across the South Downs and has been running since 1968.The hike is open to any Scouts or Explorers. Most of the Troops and Units that enter come from East and West Sussex. It takes place around Easter time, the end of March or start of April. The start and end points are kept secret until two weeks before, but are normally somewhere between Chichester and Eastbourne.
The Scouts and Explorers Hike approximately 15 miles on the Saturday and 10 Miles on the Sunday. There are incidents such as knotting, first aid or crisp tasting at the 14 checkpoints. Points are awarded for the incidents as well as for hiking at a speed of 3 miles per hour.
At the campsite teams are marked on their campcraft, menus, cooking and how tidy they leave their allocated site.
The hike is a true test of a wide range of Scouting skills.
Are you up for the challenge?