About the Competition
The competition is a night navigation event. It comprises 6
sections covering around 11 miles.
Teams are required to follow instructions given to them at each
checkpoint to navigate the route to the next checkpoint using also
map and compass. They will also be asked to find the answers
to a number of observational or cryptic questions along the
way. Points are awarded for questions answered so its
important that teams follow the route, as instructed, and have a go
at the questions.
To keep all members of the team
occupied there will also be a number of challenges for them to
complete as they walk.
The competition will be judged equally on your team's ability to
accurately navigate around the course and the number of questions
answered and challenges completed. The competition is not a
race. Points will be deducted if a team goes over the
allotted time for a section but no points will be awarded for
completing a section faster than the allotted time.
Penalties may be deducted for reasons determined by the
organisers such as being noisy near houses.
Bonus marks may be awarded in exceptional circumstances as
determined by the organisers.
Each team must finish the competition with at least 3 members to
qualify for the trophy.
If any team member needs to drop out of the competition he/she
must do so at a checkpoint (unless in emergency). The team
must NEVER be separated.
There will be hot snacks and hot & cold drinks available at
the half way point and finish. There will also be a light
breakfast available from 0800. These are included in the
It is important that teams arrive with all the appropriate kit;
not just for the competition but for camping over also. The site is
quite exposed and team members could very quickly get cold if not
For the event each team will require:
- OS Explorer Map(1:25 000)- as instructed in the info pack.
- First aid kit
- Compass (at least 2)
- Map case (2 if possible)
- Pencils (at least 2)
- Clipboard & clear polythene bag - you will need to
keep your instruction/answer sheet dry
- Whistle (at least 2)
- Fluorescent tabards or high visibility jackets (at least 2 per
Each individual will require:
- Torch & spare batteries (this is important … its
- Walking boots (no wellingtons, no trainers!)
- Warm clothing (many thin layers are better than a few thick
- Waterproof coat and trousers
- Spare jumper/fleece
- Hat & gloves
- Water bottle.
For camping over you will also require:
- Bedding mat or similar
- Sleeping bag
- Wash kit & towel
- Change of clothes
- This is important; you will get cold if you don't change into
warm dry clothing as soon as you complete the competition. Keep
this change of clothes and your sleeping bag well wrapped in your
Each team will be given a safety check before they are permitted
to compete. Please ensure that, when they are called to the
safety check, that they are ready to start walking and have all of
- map folded to the right place and in the map case
- compass to hand
- correct clothing and footwear and are ready to walk - teams
will be prevented from competing if not properly equipped as the
course could be wet
Each team must provide at least one mobile number on which they
can be contacted during the event. This must be detailed in the
contact sheet attached. There will be a number of checkpoints along
the route that will be radio linked and teams should rarely be more
than ½ mile away from a checkpoint.
On arrival at least one member of the team should text their
team number & first name (e.g. '36 Tim') to the number
displayed at the reception. They will receive an automatic
response so that they can save the number. This will enable us to
contact the team quickly & for them to get help quickly if
required. The number is a temporary number for the event. The
number will cease following the event and the sim card
The results will be announced at 0900 hours on the Sunday
morning. There will also be a presentation of:-
The Rickard Shield - to the winning team.
The Runners up Plate - to the Runners up.
The Golden Boot - highest place Network/Senior team
The VOA Spirit Cup - to the team demonstrating the best team
spirit on the night.
Certificates for all participating teams
The answers to the questions will be posted up for you to see.
Parents and leaders are welcome and refreshments will be available
(donations to charity).
Team photographs will be taken which will be presented with your
certificate. Photos may subsequently be posted on the Avon
Scouts web-site or used in publicising the event. Please tick
the box on the consent form if you do not want this photo to be
taken or used for publicity.
Any queries should be directed to:-
Gary or Georgia Welsh on 01761 472518 or 07887
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