The following links contain the details of the ‘Virtual Overland Hike’.
We plan to hold the event on Saturday 27th March. In order for the event to take place Scouts and Explorer Scouts will have to gather in small groups with a leader. This means that for the event to take place we will have to be at the Scout Association readiness level of ‘Amber’, ‘Yellow’ or ‘Green’.
The organisers are aware that at present East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove are all in Tier 4 restrictions and therefore at the ‘Red’ readiness with regards to Scouting. We are continuing to plan for the ‘Virtual Overland Hike’ in the hope that the situation will improve. There is no fee for taking part in this event so we very much hope that Troops and Units will enter a team.
Should you have any questions regarding this event please do not hesitate to contact the organisers.
Yours in scouting,
Albert Hinton, Mark Wavell, Mark Lloyd, Philip Prior
Overland Hike Organisers
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?