Adults who wish to complete the training section of the Conduct an Expedition Module.
Youth Members 12+ who are interested in hiking, who wish to participate in Scout events such as Dragonskin and Scout Hike, who need to do the preparation section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Adventurous Journey by hiking or who wish to complete the Trefoil 3 Camping (Expedition on an established track).
Meet at Crosslands Reserve, Berowra Valley National Park, Hornsby. Camping at Berowra Creek Bush campsite south of Crosslands in the Great North Walk.
Amenities include toilets, BBQs and water available at Crosslands Reserve. Bush toileting, no amenities or water at campsite.
Arrive by car or organise a pick up from Hornsby Station by organisers well ahead of time.
Registration and hot drinks from from 8:15am for an 8:45am sharp start. Registration is at the southern end of the reserve near the large shelter. On Sunday Youth Members finish at 11am and Adult Members finish at 1pm.
Registration options include hiking only or a combination of hiking and one or two nights stay on the Friday &/or Sunday nights at Mount Colah Guide Hall.
Hiking is $10 per person and additional accommodation is $5 per night.
Trainer in Charge
Kerry Rymer: [email protected]
Please try to borrow equipment rather than purchasing it. You will find out more about suitable equipment for individuals and units to purchase at the training.
Top Tip! Try to make everything you bring serve 2 purposes.
-Back Pack: total weight of the pack, with all your equipment is ¼ of your body weight.
- Tent to share: one girl/woman carries the tent and pegs, the other the fly and poles. No bigger than a three man tent. This is a lightweight hike so tents any bigger are too heavy. We have plenty of tents available that are the right type and lightweight and we will organise those on the day. However if you have your own lightweight tent you can bring it. Please don’t purchase a tent especially for this event.
- Sleeping bag, inner sheet:make sure your sleeping bag is suitable for the time of year
- Sleeping mat: lightweight
- Torch: head torch is ideal
- Cooking utensils: small gas stove plus fuel, small billy or lightweight cook set, bowl, utensils, mug (all lightweight) - we have plenty of stoves and cooksets to share with you on the day – please don’t purchase especially for the event.
- Matches: in a waterproof container
- Food (1kg /day) 1 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner, and snacks – girls will only need 1 lunch as they are being picked up at 11. Leaders bring two lunches. Suggestions available after registration.
- Clothing: carry one change of undies, socks and shirt (guide camp shirt). The pants/shorts can be worn for both days. Beanie, warm jumper, small towel, thermals to sleep in.
- Raincoat or poncho, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- First aid kit (small)
- Camera: don’t bring valuables however if you bring your phone as a camera, place it in waterproof sleeve
- Water bottle: at least 1 litre, more if you require water for cooking dinner. We will fill when we leave Crosslands mid afternoon and can be refilled when we return in the morning
- Toiletries (lightweight)
- Toileting kit: small trowel, toilet paper, plastic bags for sanitary items and sanitiser in a small bag
- Small groundsheet or stool
- Garbage bag
NB DON’T GO AND BUY A BACK PACK ESPECIALLY FOR THE TRAINING. SEE IF YOU CAN BORROW ONE FROM ORGANISERS OR FRIENDS PLUS ANYTHING ELSE YOU MIGHT NEED. Kerry has several smaller packs for girls to borrow on a first come first served basis. Telephone Kerry to reserve. Also may be able to borrow adult packs on your behalf. It is better to make a purchase after the training when you have had a chance to learn more of what you need.