Scouts Night Hike – 27/5/11

Scouts are hiking from Bocking to Broaks wood on 27/5/11. Please bring the this permission form.

Directions to Broaks Wood are here

We have a lot of new Scouts at present so are aware not everyone will have the full equipment. A full equipment guide can be found on the Paperwork page.

Here is a summary of what is ideal for a hike:

Water Bottle; Get a one-litre aluminium SIGG type water bottle. They are unbreakable, do not leak and last for years. The “Range” in Colchester is good for cheap equipment at certain times of year and their SIGG type bottles although slightly undersize are cheap.

Hiking Boots: Hiking boots should be the lightest weight and most comfortable you can find. They are an essential part of an Air Scouts kit. Because of an Air Scouts rapid growth, you don’t need top quality, but proper fit is vital. Thick hiking socks should be worn with the boots.

Top Tip – wear a thin pair of socks inside your hiking socks to avoid blisters. When buying new boots, allow for a little extra space for your feet to expand when warm. Make sure you break your boots in by wearing them around the house etc before going out on a hike.

Day Sack:
A Day sack is required for almost everything we do. This should be up to 30litres in size. Ideally it will hold a SIGG type water bottle on the outside. This sack is the most commonly used piece of equipment an Air Scout will use. Like with the main rucksack the hip support straps should be cushioned as this is where most of the weight is carried. It is also recommend that the sacks shoulder straps connect via a chest strap as this seems to help spread the weight better. We have found younger scouts that are finding their day sacks too heavy on hikes cope much better if they are lent a day sack with the chest strap.

Waterproofs that fit in a bag are fine. Please ensure they are made of breathable material though otherwise sweat will cause almost as many problems as the rain. Scouts need Waterproof Leggings as well as a jacket.

First Aid Kit:
Every Scout should carry their own first aid kit. This should be a basic personal first aid kit. Please remove any medication such as Paracetamol though.

Survival Bag:
This is a giant plastic bag, normally orange. It is good extra protection in case of an accident and also handy when stopping for lunch and the ground is wet.

Emergency Energy food:
This should be some high sugar sweets. Sweets like Fruit Pastilles, Hairibo’s, Chewits etc are ideal. Chocolate is not recommended since it melts.

Scruffs: When an activity requires an Air Scout to wear “Scuffs” we mean clothes that can get dirty or ruined. We don’t want Air Scouts turning up in expensive casual clothes and an Air Scout should never attend activities in Denim. Denim when wet takes a long time to dry and gets heavy.

We also recommend that Air Scouts bring or where light layers rather than bulky thick items of clothing. Layers allows an Air Scout to add or remove clothing to meet temperature needs at the time. On hikes for instance you can be hot one minute and cold the next. Layers provide the flexibility without excessive weight.

It is good practice for an Air Scout to carry a whistle with him in case of emergencies

We usually ask for a light torch to be taken on camps and carried on hikes. Head torches are great as they are hands free. We don’t recommend wind up torches as you might be unable to wind the torch up when you need it. Always have a spare set of batteries for the torch.

The following should also be in the day sack for most events:

Sun glasses and sun cream, anti- bite cream or spray
Sun Hat
Bobble or warm hat and gloves

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Jon Hinchliffe is the Group Scout Leader for 2nd Braintree and Bocking.

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