SCOUTHIKE 2024 Paddle Steamers
May 17th to May 19th
For payment details see further down this page.
For more info look on the website under the relevant headings.
Important dates for 2024 will be updated shortly)
February 8th Registration Applications open
March 3rd 7.0pm Sleep point coordinators & committee meeting - TEAM
April 2nd Registration Applications close for Bonus Points
April 28th All Registration Applications CLOSED
May 1st Deadline for Final Payment or Patrol de-registered
May 5th Information emailed to PL’s & Leaders
May 5th Patrol places offered to waiting list. First in first served
May 17-19th SCOUTHIKE 2024
Please register early to ensure your Patrol's place in this awesome event
WHAT IS SCOUTHIKE?
Scouthike is an annual, state-wide hiking event for around 1200 scouts. It is held within a State Forest early in May each year. In 2024, Scouthike will be held in Tallarook State Forest 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 a Mentor Leader 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 in the Core Outdoor Adventure Skills , stage 3 or 4 of the Achievement Pathways. 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 Competitive 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 $80-00 per head for all Metro Region, including Geelong, Scouts (plus 100 Bonus Points, if received before 2nd 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 $50-00 per head (no bus cost) (plus 100 Bonus Points, if received before 2nd April)
A Mentor Leader accompanying a Metro Learner Patrol is $40-00 (Only one Mentor Leader per Learner Patrol)
Direct deposits are to 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.
Note: Until your payment is received your application is not complete and Bonus Points will not be allocated.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCOUTHIKE 2024 REFUND POLICY
If after making application, you are unable to attend Scouthike or need to make a change to your application, you must advise Scouthike Management by email as soon as possible
Before April 28th, 2024 - You will receive a full refund on any money paid or change of numbers
Between April 28th and May 5th, 2024 - You will receive a 50% refund on any money paid or change of numbers
After May 5th 2024 - No refund at all except in the case of exceptional circumstances.
All requests for refunds must be submitted by email, as each case shall be considered by the Scouthike Management. Any medical conditions will require medical certificates to accompany refund applications.
If a Scout is registered and paid for and is unable to attend for any reason, the Troop Leader or LIC can substitute the Scout for another and advise Scouthike Management in writing without penalty. Any refund or repayment to families involved in changes is the Group/Troops responsibility. Any refund repaid by Scouthike Management will be into Group/Troop accounts only and reimbursement to individual leaders/families will need to then be arrange with their home Group/Troop.
For further information refer to the relative pages above or contact:
Ian Talbett Scouthike Admin 9898 6662
Scouthike 2024 will be limited to 1200 scouts
If the quota of 1,200 Scouts is reached, we have a waiting list. If you wish to be on this list please email your Patrol's details (number of patrols and scouts involved etc) you may be contacted when we delete patrols that have not paid on time or withdrawn in the next few weeks.
PATROLS NOT PAID IN FULL BY May 1st WILL BE WITHDRAWN