About Winter Survival
Explorer Scouts walk a route of about 40 miles. They begin on a Friday evening from a location only made known to them via a phone call earlier the same evening. At the start, and at each of the regular checkpoints, they are given their next destination grid reference, never knowing their final destination or how far away it is. Late on Friday night they regroup at another secret location and sleep rough in survival bags before being awoken in the early hours to continue the walk. The successful teams can expect to continue walking throughout Saturday and late into the evening before they complete the distance.
This is an exercise in endurance, teamwork, morale and above all navigation, using a traditional map and compass. A story strings the weekend together to give the teams a further element to contend with. This is a notoriously difficult weekend, which has teams returning year after year to try and 'conquer' the event.
Friday 20th December 2019
Team health form deadline
Saturday 1st February 2020
Winter Survival 2020
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th February
Useful documents and information
What is Winter Survival?
Useful information about the event.Find out more
What you need to bring to take part.Download the kit list
Winter Survival Rules
All participants must obey the rules for the safety of everyone.Read the rules
Guide to Surviving Survival
The Committee know how hard the event is having taken part themselves.Get their tips!