12 April 2017

1st Roffey Scout Troop entered two teams in the Overland 2017 competition that took place over the weekend of 25/26th March. This event is a test of hiking and navigation skills and takes place on the South Downs every year. The teams walk approximately 25 miles over two days with an overnight camp after 15 miles and en-route they take part in a number of bases that are intended to test their teamwork and their Scouting skills along with some other more random knowledge. Teams carry all their camping kit and food for the whole competition and must average 3 mph over the walking sections to gain maximum points.

Team members start practice hikes in early January and go out every weekend in different areas of the South Downs, come rain or shine, to learn the skills they need to take part safely. Our main objective is for teams to finish the route as this competition is nationally recognized as one of the toughest for young persons of Scout age. We were the only Group in Horsham District to take part this year.

We were delighted that both our Scout teams completed the course and that we finished in 3rd and 6th place; a fantastic achievement and well done to all those who took part.


From a Parents perspective:

What a fantastic achievement, well worth the hard work that the scouts have put in. This was a real team effort, from each individual that took part, the leaders that gave up their time to run the practice hikes and the kit checks, the transporting of the scouts to the start and finally the parents who transported scouts to and from the scout hut in the early morning, picked up late in the afternoon, ensured their scout was fully equipped and also fully fed ready for the exertions ahead.

It is events like this that are so vital to the progress of a scout, they not only grow in stature, but mentally they grow, it gives them a sense of responsibility, teamwork and independence.

I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but my son left as a boy on the Saturday and returned on the Sunday as a young man. He said, and I quote, “that was the best experience, tough, but so rewarding”.

Long may 1st Roffey’s participation in this event continue so many more scouts can have the experience my son had, we thank you.