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·         Teams can consist of 4 or 5 members.

·         Age restriction for junior teams; all members must be 13 1/2 years or under, no exceptions. There may be no more than two Scouts aged 13 - 13 1/2 in any junior team

·         No-one aged under 10 years may enter the hike, and participants must be at least linking with the Scout section to take part

·         Teams must not leave the hike without informing Acorn control.

·         Teams should arrive 5 minutes before check in time. Late teams will be held back until a suitable start time is available and penalty points incurred. Due to COVID restrictions anyone arriving earlier than this time will be asked to wait in their vehicle until their check in time

·         All consent and permissions must be completed electronically by 10th September 2021. A hard copy of the team sheet should be presented in a plastic wallet / poly pocket at check in signed by the leader in attendance.

 Check In

·         Leaders will need to complete a full kit check with their teams either the night before, or morning of the hike to ensure they have all the appropriate equipment, to reduce the amount of people and time needed at the start.

·         At Check In, the Acorn Hike Team will do a ‘safety check’ for essential equipment but it is the responsibility of the leaders to make sure all other kit needed is in place before this

·         Check In times will be staggered to reduce the amount of people at the start point. We will be using Bushy Wood’s ‘Drop and Go’ system similar to other District events; if members arrive too early they will need to wait in vehicles until their allocated time.

·         A leader or designated adult is to remain available during Check In to overcome any problems that may occur.

·         Any team member who arrives and is not suitably dressed, has not got the required kit, or the required paperwork will not be permitted to hike and may forfeit the team from the hike.


·         There will be no camping element for teams this year and there will be no requirement to submit a menu, but leaders should ensure teams have adequate food / water to fuel them during the day.

·         Should teams wish to camp of their own accord, this can be booked via OSM in the normal way. This will be at the responsibility of their leader and not the Acorn Hike Team who will not be present overnight

The Hike

·         Hiking boots, that come above the ankle must be worn, no trainers, shoes or wellies.

·         Uniform is not a requirement; however teams must wear their group or unit scarf.

·         Trousers are to be worn, no jeans or shorts.

·         Each team member must wear a high vis vest or clear high vis strips on their rucksack.

·         Teams will spend between 5 – 15 minutes at a checkpoint, depending on how long they need to complete the task. Time taken at the checkpoint within this timescale will not have any bearing on points / speed of completing the hike.

·         Teams must take a lunch break at a checkpoint of between 20 – 40 minutes duration, after 11:30. Time taken for lunch within this duration will not have any bearing on points / speed of completing the hike. Teams should inform checkpoint staff on arrive if they plan to stop.

·         Teams should avoid roads where possible. Hitch-hiking is not allowed in any circumstances.

·         Any team that misses a checkpoint will be withdrawn from the competition but may be allowed to carry on to complete award work/gain experience.

·         If a team member is considered to be unfit to hike on arrival at a checkpoint, the team will remain at the checkpoint until a member of the First Aid Team can assess them. Their decision is final.

·         Emergency medication to be carried, where necessary, and all teams members should be briefed effectively beforehand on its use. (This is recovery/ preventative medication only and acorn control should be made aware during check in of medical conditions).

Mobile phones and GPS.

·         Each team must provide an emergency mobile phone. It must be fully charged and the whole team should know any password and be able to operate the phone.

·         The team will need to bring an envelope to seal their emergency mobile phone in. It should only be used in an emergency. Leaders should check that the phone number is correct and it is switched on at their kit check prior to the hike.

·         Teams will not lose points for using their phones appropriately. Ultimately decision about appropriate use will be made by Acorn Control on the day.

·         Any team found to be carrying additional mobile phone or GPS devices, will have the device removed and 100 points will be deducted

Finish Point / Presentations

·         A staggered departure system will be in place with teams held on a ‘holding’ site prior to being picked up

·         Once teams arrive back at Bushy Wood and have checked in, their leader will need to contact the parents of the team to arrange pick up at the earliest opportunity. This will again be using Bushy Wood’s ‘Drop and Go’ system similar to other District events.

·         At this current point in time, we will be holding a ‘virtual’ presentation ceremony the evening of the Acorn Hike, however if COVID restrictions allow, this may change to a ‘live’ presentation at the end of the event, with relevant social distancing in place.

Failure to comply with the rules will lead to automatic disqualification