Section A: Planning and Organisation

Preparation for the Adventure

Your Adventure expedition begins at home. You should begin planning and training months before arriving at the Adventure.

Patrol Composition

Patrols

  • Scouts from the same Troop are placed in the same Patrol.
  • In exceptional circumstances and with the full agreement of all parties a Scout may be permitted to hike with a Patrol other than his/her own.

Training for Adventure

You need to get into shape for the Adventure. Carrying a rucksack up steep, rocky trails - and particularly rough hiking where there are no trails - requires you to be in top physical shape when you arrive at the Adventure. You'll enjoy it more and be less likely to have medical problems if you’re fit. Jogging, running uphill, and hiking with a full pack (including everything you intend to carry on the trail) is strongly recommended as part of your training. You can do this individually, or with other members of your Patrol. As soon as your Patrol has been formed, where possible the Patrol Leader will want to train the Patrol for the Senior Scout Adventure. This will include: -

Sharpening Your Hiking and Camping Skills

Time and effort spent in sharpening your hiking and camping skills will allow you more time to enjoy the natural beauties of the Cederberg and the programme features of the Adventure. The best way to practice and develop these skills is to participate in several outings with your Patrol.

Gathering Your Equipment

Backpacking requires proper equipment just as any outdoor sport. Without suitable equipment you will face unnecessary hardships. Take only what you need. Remember, the key to enjoyable backpacking is to travel lightly. Check your equipment against the recommended kit list given later in this booklet. This is the maximum. Some backpackers can reduce this list considerably and still be comfortable and clean.

Packing Your Rucksack

Here are a few tips for packing your backpack:

  • Aerosol cans and glass jars are not suitable for backpacking because of their bulk and fragility.
  • Small articles should not be loose in your pack. Put them in a bag.
  • Plastic bags are good for packing - they keep your gear separated and dry even if your pack gets wet.
  • Keep most weight near the top of your pack, nearest your body.
  • Your map, rain cape, first aid kit and camera should be readily accessible.
  • Always put the same items in the same place. Then you can find them easily.
  • Check your pack weight and keep it as low as you can, if it weighs more than 15kg (without food and water) it is too heavy.

Using a Map, Compass and GPS

Most trails in the Cederberg are clear, but they are usually not signposted. Map, compass or GPS will be particularly useful when there is no trail or the trail is over-grown and the Patrol must decide on the correct route. Learn to use a map and compass well. Study the map of the Cederberg area. Sharpen-up your map-reading skills. A list of Adventure GPS Waypoints for the Activity Centres is available on our web site.

Footgear

Good hiking boots are a must for the Adventure. Without a good pair of broken-in hiking boots, you will have to endure many blisters or sore feet at best. To avoid blisters, toughen up your feet beforehand at home by training hikes. The moment you feel a tender spot developing on your feet you should immediately place some adhesive plaster over it. This usually stops a bad blister from developing. Make sure you bring along specialised blister plasters for this purpose which you can buy from any pharmacy.

Clothing

The Cederberg can be very hot, especially in the valleys, but you should be prepared for all kinds of weather, including possibly rain and cold. Night temperatures of 5o C are not unknown in December. A windproof jacket or anorak with hood is essential for protection against wind and cold in the mountains. During cold periods it becomes especially important to stay dry. Several light layers of clothing are better than one heavy layer since air trapped between layers of clothing provides a high degree of insulation. A hat, for the sun is absolutely vital. Long sleeve shirts with collars will also provide sun protection.

Socks

Get yourself good quality thick hiking socks.

Labels

Label all of your clothing and equipment with your name and itinerary number so you can readily identify what is yours if lost.

Remember that the sum total of your entire luggage may not exceed 23 kg so as to avoid coach overloading.

Who may participate

Scout Patrols where all Scouts are over the age of 15 (barring very exceptional circumstances) but not yet turned 18 at the start of the Adventure, qualify to enter. Scouter Patrols where all adults are over the age of 18 are welcome to enter too. 

Adventure History

The Heritage Team have posted some interesting facts on previous Adventures. Click here for a trip into the past.