Scouts are invited to join us for a two day Expedition Challenge camp 28-29 September 2019. The Expedition Challenge is a key part of the Scout programme and an essential component of the Chief Scout Gold award. It comprises an expedition undertaken over two days.

Scouts must demonstrate an understanding of basic navigation and safety. We introduced some of these skills during last term’s programme, but we’ll be covering these in detail and putting them into practice over this weekend camp.

The ability to walk safely and with confidence in wild and semi-wild areas is a key life skill and one that many adults today sadly lack. Don’t let your children join the hopeless masses blundering about our national parks without a clue and nothing but a dying mobile phone to keep them safe! 

Based at Lydford cricket pavilion, we’ll be tackling two circular walks on the western fringes of Dartmoor, an area that provides wonderful walking and plenty of opportunities to practise navigation skills and techniques.

The routes we’ll be walking have been carefully planned to ensure they are within everyone’s capability and fully checked and assessed on the ground to ensure the group remains safe and easily accessible in the event of an emergency.

On the Saturday evening we’ll be making a hot cooked meal and chilling out with a hot drink and a movie. We encourage all Scouts who have not yet completed their Expedition Challenge to attend, as we only run this activity every 2-3 years.

Download Activity Information Form

To book your place, please download and complete the Activity Information Form above and return this with payment of £15 (cash in an envelope or cheque payable to Bridestowe Scout Group) to Simon Miles, Group Scout Leader, by Wed 18 September.


For this activity we’ll be based at Lydford Cricket Pavilion EX20 4BE. From the village turn off the main street past the war memorial. Bear right where the road forks and turn immediately right onto a narrow track leading to the cricket ground and pavilion on your left.

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Kit List

Please read this carefully. No young people will be allowed to join the expedition without appropriate outdoor clothing and equipment.


  • Waterproof coat
  • Walking boots (not trainers or wellies)
  • Activity trousers (not jeans)
  • Warm fleece
  • Hat and gloves
  • 2 x 1L water bottles
  • Packed lunch for Saturday
  • Snacks for Saturday and Sunday
  • Backpack to carry day kit


  • Sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Spare set of dry clothes
  • Indoor shoes/slippers
  • Basic wash kit


Although we normally discourage young people from bringing phones on camp due to the risk of loss or damage, we will be using indoor accommodation for this activity and we understand Scouts may want to use their phones to take photographs while hiking. Scouts are therefore welcome to bring their phones at parents’ discretion. Please note, however, that young people are responsible for all their personal belongings. Leaders will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal equipment.