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Outdoor in 24 is encouraging Scout sections, from Squirrels to Network, to get outside throughout 2024.

Whether it's for one meeting, going on a Night Away event or taking on the Outdoors in 24 challenge, we're hoping to get young people trying something new in the great outdoors this year. There's even an extra 24 hours from the leap year in 2024 for you to get outside.

If you're a new volunteer wondering where to start, or an experienced volunteer looking for some new ideas, we’ve brought together resources to help you plan and run outdoor activities with your groups.

We’re also encouraging volunteers to look into getting your Nights Away Permit and Adventurous Activities Permit if you want to. 

From making art from natural materials or sleeping under the stars to paddle-boarding across a lake or visiting a local farm, what will you get up to in the great outdoors this year?

Take a look at the link below for some great ideas

http://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/running-your-section/planning-your-programme/outdoor-in-24/

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What is OBE?

OBE is team challenge event with hiking and activity bases and is in 3 parts:

  • The Friday Night Challenge (full of surprises!)
  • The Day Challenge (multiple activity bases)
  • The Night Hike (around 8 miles interspersed with challenge & food bases)

Taking part in each activity is important, but the key to being successful rests with those who show good teamwork!

Points are awarded in each part of the competition. The OBE Eagle Trophy is awarded to the team gaining the most marks. Certificates are also presented to the teams winning individual areas of the event.

Conditions of Entry

  • Open to all Scout Troops in Hereford & Worcester and Gloucestershire
  • Each team can have between 4 and 6 scouts
  • Troops can enter multiple teams
  • Cost: £34 per scout (plus your own Troop food and transport costs)

 How to apply

  • entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis
  • full payment must be made by BACS or card at the time of application (Account Name: Hereford & Worcester Scouts; Sort Code: 40-52- 40;  Account No: 00011136)
  • CHEQUES ARE NOT ACCEPTED BY SCOUTS HEREFORD & WORCESTER AS A PAYMENT METHOD
  • CLICK HERE for the application form

The organisers wish to remind everyone that this is a very popular event and places usually get booked up very quickly – don’t delay in applying

Risk Assessment for campsite

Please use this when planning your attendance: Risk Assessment 2024

We look forward to seeing you in October!

The OBE Event Team

If you require any help, please contact at baldeagle@scoutshw.org.uk

 

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When: Friday 27th  to Sunday 29th September 2024

Time: 5pm Friday to 5pm Sunday

Accommodation: Cae Groes House in Llanrwst

Sections: Scouts & Explorers accompanied by their Leaders

Cost: £50 – includes accommodation and food from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch; excludes transport to and from Snowdonia, food on Friday and Sunday evenings or while travelling.

Contact: Event Leader, Mark Graham at hillwalking@scoutshw.org.uk

Description

This is an opportunity for Scouts and Explorer Scouts to walk amongst the most iconic peaks in the National Park and, weather allowing, to climb to the tops. In past years we have walked the Carneddau, Glyders, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) itself, as well as outlier peaks such as Moel Siabod. There will be days of walking led by experienced, Terrain 2, Permit Holders.

The weekend is pitched at those who have some hill walking experience and a medium to good level of fitness as we’ll be in the mountains all day.

Scouting is an inclusive organisation so if you have anyone who is keen to come who may need additional support, please contact the Event Leader directly to talk through what accommodations can be made.

Accommodation is fully catered in the comfortable Cae Groes House in Llanrwst.

Scouts must be accompanied by their own leaders.

Booking is through leaders only.

It is important that everyone has all the kit on the list so we stay safe.

Additional Information for Leaders

The Event Leader, Mark Graham, will be the Nights Away Permit Holder and will contact Groups about specific Nights Away requirements.
We recommend Leaders download and adapt the first page of THIS DOCUMENT to promote the event to members and include the kit list and health form.
Places are limited to 50 so early booking is advisable; places will be allocated when payment is received.

Arrival

Groups can arrive any time after 5.00 pm on the Friday evening.

Programme

Two days of hill walking, a full day on Saturday and a slightly shorter day on Sunday to allow for groups to set off home by 5pm.
Different graded walks depending on the ability and experience of young people, weather conditions and time constraints. Walking groups will be between 4 and 8 people, led by a Terrain 2 Permit Holder and generally supported by another adult.
The programme will be decided on the Friday night once final numbers attending and weather conditions are known. Routes will be chosen by the Event Leader in collaboration with other Walk Leaders.
Please do not arrive for the weekend with any ambition to do a route you have personally selected.

Who is the weekend for?

The event is open to all Scouts and Explorer Scouts including Young Leaders. All young people must be accompanied by their leader(s).
The weekend is pitched at those who have some hill walking experience and a good level of fitness as we’ll be in the mountains all day. However, Scouting is an inclusive organisation so if you have anyone who is keen to come and who may need additional support, please contact the Event Leader directly to talk through what accommodations can be made.
Numbers are limited to a maximum of 50, including leaders. To enable as many groups as possible to attend we would like numbers of young people per group to be limited to a maximum of 8 with just 2/3 adults.

Badges and Training

If they choose, attendees can practice their navigation, and walk leaders will be happy to help young people earn navigation and hill walking badges
Anyone working towards hillwalking leader permits, King’s Scout or Duke of Edinburgh Awards can also request coaching and advice.

Food and Accommodation

Cae Groes House offers indoor accommodation for up to 50. Sleeping is in bunks with mattresses and pillows provided, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bags and pillowcases.
Food for the weekend (Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch) is provided by a small and dedicated service crew. Any special dietary requirements can be noted on the booking form.
Please note there is no food provided on the Friday evening due to the different times groups are likely to arrive, nor on Sunday evening.
Plates, bowls, etc. are provided at the hostel, but participants will need to bring a sandwich box and drinks bottle for their packed lunches.

 
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Hi All,

 

Just a reminder that Rhydd Run Colour is taking place on Sunday 27th October and is open to all sections. Booking is open now via the link below. Booking closes 29/09/24. You can either organise and book as a group / section or just advertise to your parents for them to book individually. Please make sure it is included in your programmes for next term.

 

Booking is via the website here: https://www.rhyddrun.co.uk/rhydd-run-colour/

 

Any questions please let me know

 

Yours in Scouting

 

Mark "Mike" Atkinson
Section Leader
16th Wyre Forest (St Michaels) Scout Troop

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First Aid Courses

Faith has added the following dates for everyone to book on.

 

  • Sunday 7th July 9.30am to 4pm Full course at WF17 Mid Severn.
     
  • Sunday 7th July 4pm Practical session (10B) WF17

 

  • Saturday 19th October 9.30 am to 4 pm Full course at WF15 Habberley

 

  • Saturday 19th October 4 pm Practical session (10B) WF15

 

Contact Faith directly faith@westoaks.org.uk for further information or look in the Training Diary page on Wyre Forest Scouts website for alternative FA courses outside of the district.  Remember to check when your FA expires and book in good time to avoid travelling.

 

Reminder that under Transformation, First Response will be mandatory for:

 

  • Group Lead Volunteers
  • Section Team Leaders
  • Section Team Members
  • District 14-24 Team Leaders

 

  • In other words, ALL face-to-face leaders and team members.

 

  • There are a small number of volunteers in the District who are not compliant, please contact me or Faith if you are unsure about your status.
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