Scouthike (Victoria)

1000 Scouts hiking, camping , cooking and having fun in the bush.

The theme for 2019 is MEDIEVAL

Scouthike Victoria 2019 May 17th to 19th

Scouthike 2010 MAY 15th to MAY 17th

SCOUT HIKE IS NOW LIMITED to approximately 200 PATROLS ( approx 1000 scouts) This is so as to accommodate bus allocation, and planning of resources during the event. Only the first 200 FULLY PAID PRE REGISTERED APPLICATION patrols will be REGISTERED. We will hold a short standby list in event that some patrols withdraw prior to the event.


PLEASE EMAIL should you need to change your patrol details or discuss being put on the Scouthike Patrol Registration shortlist.

2019 LEADER / ADULT REGISTRATION Chat to Scout hike leaders, ask questions and get the latest news at the scouthike team app TEAM APP

For payment details see further down this page.

For more info look on the website under the relevant headings.

Important dates

                    • February 11th Registration Applications open
                    • February 17th 7.30pm Sleep point coordinators & committee meeting - 1st Mt Albert scout hall
                    • March 24th 7.30pm Sleep point coordinators & committee meeting - 1st Mt Albert scout hall
                    • April 6th till April 22nd School Holidays
                    • April 19th - April 22nd Easter
                    • April 23th Registration Applications close for Bonus Points
                    • April 28th Leaders Onsite meeting for SP & activity coordinators
                    • April 30th All Registration Applications CLOSED(don't bother trying to apply late)
                    • May 5th Information emailed to PL’s & Leaders
                    • May 12th Mothers day

May 17th,18th,19th Scouthike



Scouthike is an annual, state-wide hiking event for around 1000 scouts. It is held within a State Forest early in May each year. In 2018, Scouthike will be held in (Tallarook State Forest), to be confirmed on Friday 17th – 19th May. Branch First Aid, 4x4 and Radio teams work together with the Scouthike organizing committee to provide services and support for this highly successful event. Scouthike has a theme base each year, with every person, Sleep point and activity site being asked to dress-up to the theme each year, so increasing the fun aspect of the weekend.

On Friday evening Scout Patrols from metropolitan Melbourne are transported by coaches, whilst regional patrols travel by private transport, to a leader operated Sleep-point in Tallarook State Forest. The PL’s are provided with a map, a list of grid references for Activity and Sleep Point locations, and a Patrol Passport which includes their instructions. Patrols plot the Activity points and decide which route they want to take throughout the weekend. After breakfast on Saturday morning, Competition Patrols set off hiking between Activities to their designated Saturday Sleep Point. Sunday morning they head off again to finish at a central Finish Point, from where they are collected by the coaches or private transport and travel back to their original departure location. Learner Patrols are also provided for, although they are accompanied by an adult on their hike, walk with a half full pack and return to the same Sleep point on Saturday night (their tent and sleeping gear stays set-up).

Each Activity is a Patrol-based exercise provided by Leaders, Rovers and Venturers. Those which are not purely fun are based on Scout Skills, usually linked to a requirement from the Explorer Level Award Scheme. Patrols are assessed at each Activity as a team in four aspects: "Leadership", "Planning", "Attitude and Enthusiasm" and "Overall Achievement". The total of their weekend scores determine if they are Gold, Silver, Bronze or Competition standard. Competitive Patrols earning Gold Standard, are "Co-holders" of the Annual Scouthike Trophy and have the right to proudly display it at Group and other special occasions. Learner patrols all receive a Competition pennant.

There are a number of purposes for Scouthike:

  • To encourage all scouts to get out and experience hiking and lightweight camping. Scouts can select to participate as either competitor or learner patrols.
  • As an introduction for easy hiking and lightweight camping for those scouts who have little or no experience.
  • As a competitive hike for those patrols wanting an additional challenge in their yearly calendar.
  • To encourage Scouters to assist their scouts in developing the knowledge and skills (i.e. lightweight camping, hiking, map reading, compass reading, estimation, first aid, construction, cooking etc.) needed for the weekend, through their weekly programs prior to the event.
  • To provide a great weekend where Scouters can assist in providing a major event for a wide range of scouts, joining together with many other Scouters.


The cost is $60.00 per head for all Metro Region Scouts (plus 100 Bonus Points, if received before 23rd April) Covers cost of bus transport to and from the hike area, pennants for each Patrol, badges for each person involved, toilets, drinking water, as well as administration costs. Etc.

Country Region or Interstate Patrols pay $40.00 per head (no bus cost)(plus 100 Bonus Points, if received before 23rd April)

Leader accompanying a Metro Learner Patrol is $36.00

# Cheques are to be made out to "Scouthike" Post to: Scouthike, PO Box 101 Ferntree Gully , Vic, 3156

Direct deposits can be made to SCOUTHIKE Bendigo Bank BSB: 633-000 Account number: 165847260

Payment Reference "PATROL [PATROL_ID]"

When submitting your Payment Quote the Patrol Reference Number as shown on the email reply you received when registering. The old Scouthike account is still operational if you have already paid into this.

Note: Until your payment is received your application is not complete and Bonus Points will not be allocated.

For further information refer to the relative pages above or contact:

Brett Cole 0401 060615 Scout Commissioner – Mt Dandenong Region

Tuesday April 30th PRE-REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS CLOSE (don't bother applying late)