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Winter Survival

One of the toughest challenges available for Explorer Scouts in Kent.
9th - 11th February 2024.

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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.

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Key dates

Registration deadline

22nd December 2023 (or when the maximum number of entries has been reached)

Team health form deadline

27th January 2024

Winter Survival 2024

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th February

Useful documents and information

What is Winter Survival?

Useful information about the event.

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Equipment list

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!

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