At Futura we have set the following goals for the hike:
- The guides and scouts will experience a sense of accomplishment
- The patrols will manage to cope for one day without an adult leader
- The guides and scouts will witness the joy of hiking and experiencing nature
- The patrol leader will be given responsibility and succeed in guiding the patrol through the hike.
Preparations at the camp
Leader meeting with information about the hike
Information about the hike will be given at the international leaders meeting 09.00 the day prior to the hike. Patrol leaders will get their own information at the patrol leader café Sunday.
Material for the hike
Each patrol participating will receive a folder containing material for the hike:
3 maps (2 for the patrol, 1 for the leader), checkout- and check-in form, information for the patrol, the devotional “Nothing and Thank You”, equipment list and garbage bag.
Hike activity badge
The guides and scouts will take the hike activity badge during the hike. The requirements are listed next to this information. Make sure to review the requirements with the guides and scouts so that they know what to do.
- Show that you can pack your backpack for the hike, and participate in making the patrol equipment list for the hike.
- Spend 24 hours in the wilderness. You can only use the equipment brought along and what you find in at the camp site.
- Learn about “The public right of access” and what you can and cannot do during a hike. More information will be given at the camp in English!
- Clean after yourselves, and leave the place with “a thank you and nothing”.
Review with the patrol
Do a review of the hike with the patrol the day before the hike. Go through the hike route using the map. Provide tips about the best trail to follow, discuss challenging parts of the route. Go through the rules listed on the map, and discuss what the patrol can do if something unexpected occurs (see also “If problems occur”). Parts of the hike trails are without mobile coverage. Give patrols the confidence to make their own decisions. If you do not have this trust in the patrol, a leader must accompany the patrol during the hike.
Packing and preparations for the hike
One of the requirements of the hike activity badge is that the guides and scouts should be making the patrol equipment list for the hike. A list of required equipment will also follow the hike material to make sure the patrol brings the important equipment.
When the patrol is packing for the hike, it is important that a leader is supervising making sure the guides and scouts have sensible backpacks containing what is necessary, and nothing more. It is important to find a balance between having enough equipment and avoiding a backpack that is too heavy. Make sure that each individual guide and scout (especially the youngest), have backpacks that are not too heavy. Check that everyone in the patrol has brought a filled water bottle and a thermos containing hot water.
In addition to clothes and accommodation equipment, participants also need to bring a water bottle and a thermos at the hike. Thermos should be used for hot water needed for dinner. It is not permitted to use an open fire or cooking stove during the hike, nor is it permitted to cut trees along the hike trail. Everyone must therefore bring their own tent poles and pegs for tarpaulin.
When the patrols leave for hike, either on foot or by bus from the camp bus terminal, the “checkout form” must be delivered to the hike office. The names of everyone in the patrol, and the phone number of those who carry a mobile phone on hike must be written on the form. The troop leader is responsible for submitting the form to the hike office. One form per patrol must be handed in.
During the hike
The hike will start between 11.00-13.00. Those who have chosen hike routes that does not require transport may choose when they want to start within this time frame.
Many of the routes require bus transport. Information about this will be provided on the hike map. The information contains departure times and bus number both to- and from the hike. All bus stops are marked on the map. Make sure you turn up at least 15 minutes before departure!
The transport from the camp takes place from the camp bus terminal at Trudvang, behind the artificial grass pitch by the school. Follow directions from the staff at the bus terminal. Hike crew will be present at the starting point of the hike.
The patrol shall pass a manned checkpoint during the hike. The checkpoint is marked on the map. NB! It is very important that the patrol passes through the checkpoint the first day to be registered! Checkpoints also have access to first aid kits, water, toiled and some extra food.
This hike has not prepared shared accommodations. There will be less strain on nature when the guides and scouts are spread over a larger area, and will give the patrols a greater experience of nature. However, it is desirable that the patrol finds an accommodation not far from the checkpoint. The patrol must bring all garbage back to the camp. Nothing should be left on the premises!
The patrol is supposed to complete the hike activity badge during the hike. If the patrol has completed all the requirements, they may have the badge back at the camp. More practicalities around this will be given at the camp.
The devotional “Nothing and Thank You” is part of the hike material, and the patrols choose a time for the devotional themselves. A good time to have prayers may be after dinner, or in the evening when the entire patrol is settled in their sleeping bags.
Rules for general passage
The Outdoor Recreation Act instructs everyone who walks in nature to act carefully and with consideration. The guides and scouts cannot:
- Walk over farmland
- Damage plants and trees. This includes cutting trees or gather birchbark.
- Tear down fences or enclosures. Remember to close gates!
- Disturb animals and birds with kids/nests.
- Make a fire.
- Waste paper and other trash in the wild.
- Put up a tent closer than 150 meters from a house or cabin.
If the patrol must walk along a busy road, the patrol leader must wear a reflective vest.
If problems occur
If the patrol gets in trouble during the hike, they can get advice or help from hike crew who is out in the field. There are crews at the bus stops (approximately 10.00-13.30) and at checkpoints (all day/night), or they can call their leader at the camp. However, some patrols may find that they do not have mobile coverage their entire hike trail.
If the leader cannot give advice or solve the issue the patrol has, please contact the hike office: + 47 22 42 03 00. The camps hike crew and emergency force can help with illness or less serious injuries. No one is to be brought back from the hike without the hike office being informed.
In case of serious emergencies or danger to life and health, call emergency numbers 110, 112 or 113. Emergency Services will then turn out to the situation.
NB! It is important that the patrol call its leaders at the camp or the hike office if problems occurs instead of calling home to parents or guardians.
There will also be radio communication between the camp and the checkpoints.
After the hike
When the patrols return to the camp area, either on foot or by bus to the camp bus terminal, this must be reported to the hike office. Responsible for enrolment is the troop leader.
Enrolment can take place in two ways: Either by handing in a note to the hike office, but preferably by sending a text message (one per patrol) to the hike office SMS phone +47 90 02 95 35 with the text “PATROL from SCOUT/GUIDE TROOP in COUNTRY is now well home from hike. Everyone agrees it’s been a great trip!”, where the text in capital letters have been replaced with correct information about the returned patrol.
Conversation with the patrol
There can be a lot to talk about after the patrol arrives from their hike. They will probably have many positive experiences they want to share, or they may have had challenges or problems that you may want to talk about. However, it is advisable that you as a leader take the time to have a conversation with your guides and scouts after the hike. What have they learned? Have they made any experiences they can make use of later? Writing an experience log individually may be a good way to process the hike: What did you learn? What did you enjoy the most? What would you do differently next time?
Our goal is that the hike becomes the high light of the camp for the individual guide and scout and patrol leader, and a great motivation towards an active, lifelong outdoor life! Thank you for your contribution!