Key info
  • Teams of 4-7 explorer scouts
  • Organised by Durham Scout County

Kit - what you need and what we'll provide
You will need two bags, a day bag (which you'll carry) and an overnight bag (for non-essentials). Please read the whole kit list, as you'll need to leave room in your bags for the equipment we provide.

We will provide any equipment highlighted.

For your personal kit, you'll need:
  • Walking boots
  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll mat
  • Water bottle (1L minimum)
  • Personal medication
  • Spare change of clothing
  • Waterproof cost
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Pen/ pencil/ paper
  • Walking socks
  • Knife/ fork/ spoon/ mug
  • Wash kit
  • Torch/ spare batteries (cannot be your mobile phone)
  • Flask (if you want)
  • Warm coat/ fleece
  • Uniform (top half only)
  • A bowl/ plate to eat
  • Survival bag
  • Whistle
  • Personal first aid kit

For your overnight kit, you'll need:
  • Tents
  • Camping stoves, fuel and pans
  • Cooking equipment (oil and matches)
  • Cleaning materials (washing up liquid, sponges)
  • Tea towels

To share amongst your group, you'll need:
  • 2 maps of the area
  • 2 compasses
  • Group first aid kits
  • 2 map cases
  • A mobile phone
  • A device capable of reading QR codes
Challenge, navigation, outdoors... fun!
It's a big challenge with lots of outdoors, fun and adventure in the Yorkshire Dales for explorers. The event is organised by Durham Scout County.

Each team competes to gain points but the aim of the weekend is to have a great time! The team with the most points wins the Geoffrey Gordon Cup. Teams will arrive on the Friday evening and plot their route for the big hike on Saturday. These are plotted on a route card and are signed-off by adult leaders. On the Saturday, Explorers walk their route between checkpoints (each checkpoint has an 'incident' or problem which the team need to solve. Although adult leaders do not walk with explorers, they are minutes away. 

The teams gain points along the incident hike. The teams then have a range of activities on Sunday no more than 2 miles from the campsite. The teams then travel home. Explorers should be expecting to walk around 20 miles over the weekend, with the majority of this on Saturday.


We'll ask you to prepare food in your teams to carry for the weekend. We'll plan this in the weeks before the expedition. An example of how we plan food can be found below: