Requirements and how we help
Take part in either an expedition or an exploration over two days with
at least three other Scouts. This should include a night away at a campsite or hostel.
The minimum team entry for any team is four, and Gwentrek just happens to be set over the right number of days, camp starts on a Friday evening and concludes Sunday. There are walking activities and competitive elements on both days to ensure this criteria is met.
Take an active part in planning the expedition. Do any training you need and be well prepared. Training should include:
- planning a route, including rest and meal stops. Being able to work out how long it should take you to travel that route.
Route cards are scrutinised by the team before any team sets out, knowing when you are going and how you are getting there is requirement for all teams. Of course, GT teams can be supported by leaders and this is taken into account, but it is recommended all teams enter with a good understanding and skill set. Help with this can be found on the downloads page.
- choosing suitable equipment for an expedition. You might consider tents, stoves, rucksacks, walking equipment, emergency equipment, first aid kit, wet weather gear, appropriate food and a camera.
A kit list is submitted in the info pack and all members of the team require the correct kit or they won't be allowed to take part. Please ensure your teams have the correct kit and knowledge of how to use/pack it.
- navigation and using things like maps and timetables for your expedition. You might want to brush up on using an Ordnance Survey or similar map, a compass, a GPS device, a street map or A-Z, and rail or bus timetables.
For Gwentrek we will supply a map and route references for the teams to work with, OS maps are recommended, and the skills to have a back up are recommended if using GPS. All teams are tested on the route remember so must show effective knowledge.
- knowing what to do in an emergency.
Part of the initial tests will cover this aspect, all teams should know what to do in the event of an emergency.
During the expedition or exploration:
- play a full part in the team
- use a map or other navigation device to keep track of where you are
- cook and eat at least one hot meal
- do a task, investigation or exploration as agreed with your leader.
Produce an individual report or presentation within the three weeks following your expedition. You could present your work as a project,
performance, video recording, oral presentation, blog or website.
Using the internet is an effective way of communicating, not all groups have a website, therefore we would love to hear about the teams experiences and will post any submission up as a blog, helping you easily complete this objective. First hand accounts are a great way of spreading the word and keeping the event alive.