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Adventurer Level Campcraft Journey

Steps To Take

  1. Discuss with your Scout Leaders and the Troop Council your desire to attempt the Journey and the proposed area into which you intend to go. If you do not have any definite journey planned the Troop Council may be able to suggest possible routes, but do not worry too much as your District Scout Leader will be able to assist with various journey suggestions.
  2. Contact your District Scout Leader and make arrangements to discuss your planned Journey. If required your DSL will help you contact a qualified "Walk Check Leader" to access your planed route and your skills. Your District Scout Leader will confirm your knowledge of the requirements for the Journey and go through the checklist with you. Be prepared to provide information on the ability and training of your patrol, menu and gear lists in addition to the proposed route. Your District Scout Leader will either confirm your proposed Journey, suggest alterations or an alternate (if your proposed Journey is considered unsuitable).
  3. Your District Scout Leader may also make suggestions on alterations to the proposed menu and gear list, discuss the format of your Log and make suggestions on how to set out the Naismith’s Rule calculations and table.
  4. Agree on a time with the District Scout Leader to present the written pre-hike preparations.
  5. Contact your District Scout Leader to confirm meeting details. At this meeting you will present a written submission as per the checklist ”Pre-hike Preparations”. your District Scout Leader may require you to provide additional information or to rework some sections of the Pre-hike Preparations. If this is the case, set a new time to present the information for approval.
  6. Confirm the Journey date and agree on a time for the submission of the Activity Notification form. You may need to submit specific application forms to authorities such as the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Police. Also check with the Zone Activity Coordinator prior to departing on the Journey, as to the prevailing conditions.
  7. At this point in your planning, you will need to make an appointment with a Walk check leader to have your Journey plans and preparation checked. Your District Scout Leader will advise you of the appropriate contacts.
    Note: this is an important step and is pre-requesit to having your Journey Log approved.
  8. You must carry with you on the Journey an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) unless you have been given an exemption from the Regional Commissioner for Scouts. EPIRB’s are available for hire from the Sydney North Region Office. The Journey cannot proceed for safety reasons without an EPIRB (or an exemption in writing).
    Note: this is important and is pre-requesit to having your Journey Log approved.
  9. On the day, once your full party is assembled, go on the Journey. Remember that the minimum number of Scouts who can go on the Journey is five - including you. If some of your Scouts fail to turn up and you have fewer than 5, then you must reschedule the Journey. The Journey cannot proceed for safety reasons.
    Note: this is important and having a minimum of five on the Journey is pre-requesit to having your Journey Log approved.

    Carry all signed E1 forms with you on the Journey - just in case you need information from them.
  10. When you complete the Journey (or if you have to re-schedule) remember to tell the authorities you have notified about your Journey. This is very important to ensure that search parties are not activated unnecessarily.
  11. Ring your District Scout Leader and let him or her know that you are back and how the Journey went.
  12. Set a timetable for completing your Log. It should be submitted within four weeks of completing the Journey. Once you have finished your Log, ring your District Scout Leader and arrange to have your Log checked. They will check it and may suggest some amendments before submitting it to the Region Commissioner for Scouts for approval.