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Sunraysia District Scouts Trip to
Scouthike 2017 May 19th to 21st

Contact Details:

Tallarook State Forest

Horrible Histories

Sunraysia District Scouts have the opportunity to travel down to Tallarook State Forest to participate in the Victorian ScoutHike, along with 800+ other scouts from around the state. (The local district hike will be held on the same weekend, so Scouts need to choose one or the other.) 
The cost to attend the Victorian Scout Hike is $100 (Transport and registration) plus individual's are required to provide their own food for the weekend. (Food can be sorted out closer to the departure date in activity patrols if agreed, this would be approximately $20).
This is a fantastic opportunity for our Scouts to travel to a state event. Numbers are capped at the first 20 Scouts to pay in full through TryBooking. If we do have more interest, we may be able to get an extra van / car and parent helpers to take more scouts.
We are aiming to take 3 x patrols of 6 Scouts (18 Scouts), the remaining 2 seats are available to parent helpers ($50 per ticket for bus transport only).
There is NO COST for parent helpers wishing to attend, who provide their own transport.


John & Sheridan Loughhead - 5th Mildura Scout Troop
Rick Tomlinson - Scout Fellowship & Narelle Tomlinson - Gang Show & Regional Comissioner for Guides


Scouthike is an annual, state-wide hiking event for around 800 scouts. It is held within a State Forest early in May each year. In 2017, Scouthike will be held in (Tallarook State Forest).

· 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, 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.