Venture Scout Challenge

The Scouting Ireland 2012 Venture Scout Challenge will be based over The British Isles.  As well as being a physical, mental and personal challenge, the aim of the Venture Scout Challenge is explore your “own” culture and “other” cultures. 

 Members of the Expedition Team are currently revising the manual “How to get the most out of YOUR Challenge Expedition”, this booklet will be distributed to all applicants following registration.  
The basic elements of the Scouting Ireland 2012 Venture Scout Challenge are as follows
1.     Five Days on the Road
a.     Meet in Dublin as Group
b.    Travel through the British Isles – where you will be dropped off to undisclosed locations in teams – Day ONE Commences
c.     Carry out the challenges 2 – 8  as listed below
d.    At the end of Day FIVE meet back at base camp as a team
2.     Work Together as a Team
a.     Complete a number of prescribed projects as a team
b.    Complete a number of personal challenges defined by you the individual
3.     Walk 100km in total on foot
4.     Utilise in an addition 100km of a public transport allowance (max 20km journey per day)
5.     Carry all your belongings
6.     Complete a major physical challenge
7.     Survive on a Limited Budget
8.     Take part in post-expedition Assessments
9.     Achieve the Challenge Badge, Certificate and the infamous Expedition award – the Challenge Woggle!
The way in which you carry out these challenges is as important as completing them.  Over the course of the Expedition you and your team-mate must do your personal best and demonstrate that you have done so through the Scouting Method and in line with the Scout Law & Scout Promise.
A comprehensive training programme will be provided in which you must partake [failure to partake will result in you not being permitted to take part in the expedition].  The date for the compulsory training weekend is Friday 6th – Sunday 8th April 2012. There may also be an additional half day workshop in May/June – dates to be confirmed.
Information / Communication Process Overview
Regarding Parental / Guardian communications, the Expedition Team will go through the organising of the expedition in particular covering health & safety measures while on the road.  Regular contact will also be made through postal correspondence prior to departure.  Following the day of departure, parents / guardians will be sent a detailed letter giving details of base camp and the route overview along with contact numbers at which the Expedition Team can be contacted. 
For the safety of all involved there will be regular contact between the teams and the Expedition Team Staff, details of how this will work will be discussed at the Information Meetings.  Via this regular contact during the expedition, Parents/ Guardians can pass on messages from home if required.  The Expedition Team will always be available to come out to teams at any time they are requested.
The Venture Scout Challenge is not easy from a physical point of view but with plenty of preparation and training, it is an achievable goal.  It is important that Parents / Guardians and Venture Scout Leaders support the participants in every way possible through the preparation process.
Payment Schedule
The cost of the expedition is anticipated to be in the region of € 390.00 per participant – however please note that this will not be confirmed until Friday 24th February 2012. 
The typical (yet to be confirmed) payment scheme below will be applicable to all applicants.
a)             € 140.00       Deposit         09.03.2012 [amount to be confirmed 24.02.2012]
b)            € 125.00       Installment   30.03.2012 [amount to be confirmed 24.02.2012]
c)             € 125.00       Installment   27.04.2012 [amount to be confirmed 24.02.2012]
Sterling conversion to be confirmed 24.02.2012
All participants must be available for the training weekend and workshop. All payments must be made in accordance with the payment schedule above; failure to do so may result in you losing your place. 
If you are interested, sign-up for what will be one of the most challenging, rewarding and enjoyable experiences of your life by sending in the Generic Booking & the form NE4 [available from] along with the deposit of € 140.00 by the 9th March 2012 to:
                        National Events Team
                        Scouting Ireland
                        National Office
                        Larch Hill
                        Dublin 16
On receipt of your deposit you will be forwarded further detail regarding the payments schedule, training weekend & information meetings.
1.     You and your partner must be 15 at the time of the Challenge departure
2.     You and your partner must be 18 or under on the 31st August 2012
3.     You and your partner must be an active and registered Venture Scout in Scouting Ireland at the time of application
4.     You and your partner must have experience of camping and serious walking
5.     You both must be comfortable with spending five to seven days on the road as a team
6.     You will have to carry all you need on your back, plan your own route back to base camp and provide for yourselves from your limited budget.
7.     Single applications are welcome and the National Events Team will endeavor to pair you with a suitable partner.
8.     Where mixed gender teams are entered / formed please read NE6 [available from
Pick your partner well! You will have to spend every waking and sleeping minute with this person, on all aspects of the Venture Scout Challenge you are expected to work as a team, so whom you go with is very important. You should also do as much training together before you go as possible as this will help you to work better as a team.
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