Forward 2020 will be held on Saturday 29th February.
The entry pack and further details will be released nearer the time.
What is Forward?
Forward is CUSAGC’s annual incident hike for Scouts and Guides (10-14s). It takes the form of a ~10 mile hike, with five checkpoints spaced around the route where challenges allow teams to earn points. Two trophies are available to be won; one for Scout Association teams and one for GirlGuiding UK teams.
Teams are of 4-6 members, with the option of having an additional chaperone to help with navigation (a decision made and arranged by the team’s Guide/Scout Leader). Teams must decide their route based on 6-figure grid references given to them when they arrive at HQ on the day and complete the route within a 7-hour time limit, including stopping at the activity bases to earn points. Start, and therefore finish, times are staggered, the first teams usually leaving HQ at about 8am, and all are back before dark. In addition to challenges, and completing the route, teams are also given a quiz sheet with questions related to the route and puzzles in order to gain valuable extra points.
Checkpoint challenges require good communication and teamwork, and are often very fun for both the participants and the CUSAGC volunteers running them! The first aid base makes an appearance every year, alongside a whole host of other challenges. In previous years teams have been asked to take part in nuclear disarmament, pitch tents blindfolded, make spaghetti towers, herd sheep, transfer Smarties using straws, tie themselves in knots, copy Lego models whilst blindfolded and much, much more!
Teams are provided with hot drinks at the middle checkpoint and a hot snack and drinks on return to HQ. Trophies are awarded once all the scores are in.
The event is fully risk-assessed, insured and run conforming to SSAGO rules (which are a combination of The Scout Association and GirlGuiding UK’s) on safety and safeguarding. We have recently had this all approved by the Cambridgeshire Scout Activities Team, and would be happy to provide details to any interested parties. Landowners, parish councils and the police are always informed.
Where is it held?
Forward is usually held within easy striking distance of Cambridge – e.g. Linton (2019), Toft(2017), Bar Hill (Cambs, 2016) Westley Waterless (Cambs, 2015) Barrington (Cambs, 2014), Balsham (2013), Toft (2012), Waterbeach (2011).
When is it held?
It usually takes place at the very end of February or beginning of March, towards the end of Cambridge University’s Lent term. Forward 2020 will take place on the 29th of February.
Can I help?
In short, yes! Details are not yet available, but we are always in need of willing volunteers to assist with running bases, driving, cooking, doing admin and control etc. Let us know if you’d like to help!
Forward 2019 Report
On Saturday 9th March, Cambridge University Scout and Guide Club (CUSAGC) ran Forward, their annual incident hike for Scouts and Guides. The challenge was for teams to complete an 16km route around the villages of south east Cambridge, starting and ending at Linton Village Hall, with four incident checkpoints along the way, all within seven hours. As in previous years there was an excellent turnout, with 39 teams and over 190 participants.
The activities on the checkpoints included solving the towers of hanoi puzzle, rescuing ducks, a dingbats quiz and a first aid scenario, ran by the Cambridge District First Aid Team and gave teams the chance to use an AED. Teams gained points for these challenges, as well as completing an observation quiz along the route. There were also several unmanned points to guide the route.
The weather was mild, with occasional rain and some heavy winds, in heavy contrast to last years “Beast from the East”. The route this year was particularly difficult with 75% completing the route, many had difficulty finding Charlie, a traffic cone, and overshooting into the nearby chesterford reaserch par. The trophies were closely contested, but the winning Scout team was 12th Cambridge A, and the winning Guide team was Framlingham Guides A, 18th Cambridge were also the inaugural winner of the Chaperoned Team Trophy – well done.
CUSAGC is grateful to Linton Village Hall for the use of their venue, and to the Leaders and helpers who helped make the day a success. Forward will take place again in on the 29th Feburary 2020; meanwhile, look out for out service event Marathon (incident hike for any members of Scouting and Guiding aged 14+) on Saturday 23 November 2019. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom and Elli, Forward 2019 Organisers