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    Night Hike

    I have organised a small night hike (6 Scouts and 2 Leaders) for mid September. The hike is around 10km in the Pentland Hills (terrain zero).

    I am looking for a few activities / bases that they could do to break up the hike. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Incidents are very easy to set up for two Leaders if you have no outside help. As an example one base would be head injury or broken leg, get them to respond and see how they react. We have done a whole incident night hike for our Scouts and it was a great success, we did however do it in conjunction with first aid badge.

    Another easy base is make cup a soup on a lightweight cooker. Warms them up as well.

    Build an emergency shelter with four pieces of rope, a lightweight ground sheet best done in a wooded area.
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    Some activities we do are Morse code, knotting, spaghetti knotting, small pioneering (with canes), first aid incident (usually car accident scenario), bearings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonni View Post
    Some activities we do are Morse code, knotting, spaghetti knotting, small pioneering (with canes), first aid incident (usually car accident scenario), bearings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Ian View Post
    make cup a soup on a lightweight cooker. Warms them up as well.
    Good excuse to crack the trangia out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonni View Post
    Morse code
    Good shout. Not very much equipment needed either.

    So far the bases we will run are geocaching, Morse code messages, first aid incident and hike stove cooking.

    Thank you for your suggestions so far. A couple more bases and we will be ready.

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    ah the good times up the pentlands on a night hike, ... what times you running from / to?

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    We will be doing our night hike in mid November.

    My PL's a couple of years ago pointed out that our autumn hike was always on a full moon and always had shooting stars ........ "well, that'll be the planning, then!".

    We do cryptic clues to get from one check point to the next and photographic clue sheets that they have to spot on the way round. That way they are not looking at the next footfall but at the world around them.

    And it's great fun to get them looking for a DOB on a headstone in a church yard. And it's a fantastic opportunity to get the Halloween mask and sheets out.

    The beauty of these is that if you keep a good set of records you can rotate every few years. And it's good exercise for the Leaders a couple of weeks before to walk the route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gboyle View Post
    ah the good times up the pentlands on a night hike, ... what times you running from / to?

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    11pm to 6am: We intend to catch the bus from the hall out to Currie and walk back. To just walk the route, it would take 5 hours if walking very slowly, so a few hours of activities to fill some time would be ideal.

    Quote Originally Posted by johnmcmahon View Post
    We will be doing our night hike in mid November.

    We do cryptic clues to get from one check point to the next and photographic clue sheets that they have to spot on the way round. That way they are not looking at the next footfall but at the world around them.
    Cryptic clues are a great idea, I might just have to do that.

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    Changing a tyre on a car is good. Doing that at 3am in Cannock Chase is something I will remember for a very long time. I won't forget that you need to put the nuts on the right way round either! Now that's a life skill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashbourne_Akela View Post
    Changing a tyre on a car is good. Doing that at 3am in Cannock Chase is something I will remember for a very long time. I won't forget that you need to put the nuts on the right way round either! Now that's a life skill.
    Its usually the nut behind the wheel that is the main problem

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    If it is a night hike then what about a bit of Star Navigation

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    Full moon is 15th September.

    Sunset @ 1917hrs, rise @0634hrs
    Moon rise @ 1857hrs, set @ 0638hrs

    Given that all Scout night hikes are guaranteed cloud and rain free, should have 24hr light.

    Have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashbourne_Akela View Post
    Changing a tyre on a car is good. Doing that at 3am in Cannock Chase is something I will remember for a very long time. I won't forget that you need to put the nuts on the right way round either! Now that's a life skill.
    How do you pick the brave leader to volunteer their car?!
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    Inner square of plastic cups, weighted if required plus a Mars bar or the like, outer square about 3 foot away, scouts mustn't step inside the outer square.

    Handfull of rubber bands and string.

    Lift the reqired number of cubs out of the inner square to safety without dropping until passed the outer square, a quick game, easy to set up and they get a snack into the bargin, if they lift the cups out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjames View Post
    Inner square of plastic cups, weighted if required plus a Mars bar or the like, outer square about 3 foot away, scouts mustn't step inside the outer square.

    Handfull of rubber bands and string.

    Lift the reqired number of cubs out of the inner square to safety without dropping until passed the outer square, a quick game, easy to set up and they get a snack into the bargin, if they lift the cups out.
    Good idea, thanks.

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