HI Scouthike Supporters

In line with the announcement today from Chief Commissioner Rod Byrnes, Scouthike 2020 will not proceed on May 15-17th 2020 due to the COVID-19 Risk and State Government directive on mass gatherings. Whilst this is disappointing for us all, we must protect all Scouters, youth, adults and leaders from infection risk.

Scouthike 2020 may still proceed later in the year but this will be based on the COVID-19 risk and assessment moving forward. If a suitable date cannot be found, then unfortunately Scouthike 2020 will be cancelled. This will be a Scouthike Management team decision on advice from State and the EMT team.

This is very disappointing news for us all and we know everyone’s passion for Scouthike and the huge effort we all put in to make this one of the highest attended and loved Scouting events.

We will watch this space as things unfold and we thank you again for your ongoing support for Scouthike.

Yours in Scouting

Scouthike Management Team

For payment details see further down this page.

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

Important dates

                    • February 3rd Registration Applications open
                    • February 9th 7.30pm Sleep point coordinators & committee meeting - 1st Mont Albert scout hall
                    • March 15th 7.30pm Sleep point coordinators & committee meeting - 1st Mont Albert scout hall
                    • April 20th Registration Applications close for Bonus Points
                    • April 27th All Registration Applications CLOSED (don't bother trying to apply late)
                    • April 29th Deadline for Final Payment or Patrol de-registered
                    • May 2nd Information emailed to PL’s & Leaders
                    • May 15-17th SCOUTHIKE 2020


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 2020, Scouthike will be held in Tallarook State Forest on Friday 15th – 17th 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.


If after making application, you are unable to attend the Scouthike or need to make a change to your application, you must advise Scouthike Management in writing as soon as possible

  • Before April 27th, 2020 - You will receive a full refund on any money paid or change of numbers
  • Between April 27th, 2020 and May 4th, 2020 - You will receive a 50% refund on any money paid or change of numbers
  • After May 4th, 2020 - No refund at all except in the case of exceptional circumstances.

All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing, 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:

Brett Cole 0401 060 615 Scout Commissioner – Mt Dandenong Region

April 27th 2020 PRE-REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS CLOSE (don't bother applying late)