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Rideau Challenge Journey May 8,9 2010

 
see attachments for complete information. Scouts choose one of three levels for the hike
A general description of the 3 hike levels and how Rideau Challenge Journey operates follows after the signup form.

Sign up with Scouter Steve or Art. Form: Rideau Challenge Form May 2010

 

Bronze, Level 1 hike

 

Description

Hike starts Saturday AM and ends Saturday PM. Some groups may select this as a day hike with no overnight camp required, but any Group interested in Saturday overnight camping can certainly be accommodated. This is often the case where Troops have multiple Patrols and different levels. Sunday is open for exploration. No formal Rideau Challenge Journey activities are planned.

 

Characteristics

Ø Suitable first hike experience-about 9 km in 1 day

Ø Leaders must hike with Scouts

Ø Hikers are required to bring day packs with water, lunch, trail snacks, foul weather gear, blister kit, fresh socks, first aid/emergency kit and whistle required.  Remember to be prepared for sun/rain/snow (we've had it all), weather changes, mud, wet clothes and feet and insects and blisters.

Ø Level one hikers do not to carry anything but a basic day-pack. Any equipment required for overnight camping  (Food, Sleeping bags, bedding, pots pans, food, tents etc.) is to be taken by the leaders to the designated overnight camp.

Ø Leaders may cache (deposit) group and personal camping gear off at the common overnight site indicated in the route description.

Ø Leaders should plan for lots of rest breaks for nature observation, map reading instruction etc.

Ø A log / journal is a nice record of a first hike; remember to allow time for writing breaks.

 

 

 

Silver, Level2 hike

 

Description

Hike starts Saturday AM, finishes Sunday early afternoon.

In the past the Silver Level hike has proven to be most difficult. Scouts at this level invariably bring too much kit become disenchanted, grumpy, unhappy and sometimes cannot complete the hike. This becomes a turn off for future hikes. It is seen as an abject failure for all concerned. Your responsibility as a leader is to ensure your Scouts are prepared as best as reasonable, and set the stage for a wonderful learning experience. All packs should be weighed and no more than 20% of the Scouts body weight. Scouters found guilty of dispatching under weight Scouts or over weight packs will be subject to public ridicule.

 

Characteristics

Ø Scouts hike in patrols (minimum 3, maximum 5) without leaders

Ø Friday night camp out is not recommended. An early start Saturday morning is required where most Silver Level hikes are under way about 9:00am. Leaders are to camp with Silver Hikers Saturday night.

Ø Distance to be covered is about 16km over two days.

Ø Scouts are to carry only personal camping gear (sleeping bag, spare clothes, mess gear etc.) plus the daypack items (Saturday trail lunch) listed for Bronze level hikers above.

Ø Leaders are to transport group camping gear, kitchen, food (including second day lunch and water) to common Saturday camp site

Ø During the hike on both Saturday and Sunday, wise leaders will monitor patrol progress (in an non-intrusive manner) – ie. meet them as they pass through certain check points, but not follow them down the trail.   Remember you may be required to evacuate a fatigued or fallen hiker.  

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Level (THE CHALLENGE JOURNEY)

 

Description

This is the most difficult of the hikes. Over 20km will be covered in two days, plus the Patrols must carry full-on provisions and kit. Further, camping out Friday and Saturday nights is required. Over night Camps will be in secluded location, and Gold Hikers will not be part of the group camp. Scouts on at this level will be challenged to carry all their own kit, cover the distance in the allotted time and keep a log of the journey.  As far as possible this will emulate the First Class Journey described in the Introduction. A Hikemaster will also camp at the site and will start the group each morning.  Hike finishes Sunday afternoon by 3PM.

 

Characteristics

Ø Youth hike in single tent groups (eg 2-3 youth) without leaders. A maximum team equipment weight of 25% of team weight is sought. Think ultra light, sleek, fast, sure footed.

Ø Must be completely self-contained and carry all gear and food for weekend with a goal of no adult assistance

Ø The organizers will attempt to have Gold hikers camp away from others Friday and Saturday. The organizers make arrangements with private land owners, Federal of Municipal governments for camping.

Ø Experience says travel light, share the load, be prepared for weather changes, and watch for trail signs and follow trail instructions.

Ø Youth must stay together at all times

Ø Extra water will be available at some checkpoints and at the remote Saturday night campsite, but Troops should as far as possible supply their own H2O.

Ø Previous hike experience is necessary – This hike is not recommended for any scouts who just want to give it a whirl.

Ø In order to fully meet the challenge participants should complete a Journey Log. The log / journal will contain: Name of group, Patrol or team name, names and phone numbers, and descriptions of what was seen and experienced.

Ø An award winning log book would include…

a) hand drawn maps of the route

b) Sketches of interesting sites

c) complete list of equipment being carried

d) complete menu

e) Solutions to challenges along the way. (Orienteering, navigating around obstacles)

 

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