Bushwalking

Bushwalking is an Australian activity. You may know it by a different name such as hiking, tramping, hill walking, rambling or trekking.

Bushwalking covers a wide spectrum of walking experiences in natural or green areas.

A bushwalk might be a walk along a trail through urban parks or forest near where you live, or it could be a full day walk or camping trip to a national park or reserve. At the other end of the spectrum a bushwalk can be a multi-day expedition where you are self-sufficient carrying a tent and food.

No matter which option you choose it is all bushwalking and because Australia has such a great network of natural areas and a wide variety of land forms there are many opportunities to get into bushwalking whether it be on designated trails or in remote wilderness areas.

The Bushwalking Team

The Team supports youth members and Leaders with training, resources, equipment and great suggestions about places to go.

Scout Bushwalkers meet monthly. The aim is to develop Leader knowledge and to provide walks for Leaders to develop their skills.

Follow us on Facebook – Scout Bushwalkers Vic - for hints, tips and upcoming events.

Bushwalking Leadership Courses

Leaders and Rovers can build their bushwalking skills from basic to advanced conditions including alpine, arid and remote areas.  Level 1 to Level 3 Courses offer continuous learning in navigation, communication, food, and equipment in tracked and untracked terrain.

Snow-shoeing

Snowshoeing is a low impact and enjoyable way to explore the winter alpine environment. It's easy to do and a wonderful way to get out and experience the crisp alpine air and peace and quiet of the bush with only the crunch of snow under your feet.

Appropriately qualified Leaders (min Level 3 Bushwalking), can run activities above the snow line during the ski season.

Emergency equipment

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are small and affordable devices carried by bushwalkers to raise the alarm if they get into trouble. The Team has two PLB’s which can be hired for expeditions or journeys. We will require a complete Route card, risk assessment along with an emergency contact list including any vehicle rego’s.  We require this as the PBL’s are monitored by the Australian Marine Board. If set off a Bushwalking Team member will be contacted for details.

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Geocaching

Several members of the Bushwalking Team are keen geocachers and can assist with running a small event for your Group.

Rogaining

Rogaining is a sport for 2-99 year olds who enjoy the challenge of being outdoors. Whether you want to run, walk, picnic or simply camp at one of our overnight events we would love to see you. Having been created by three Rovers, it is an ideal team activity for any Scout aged 5-99.

Although you can go to any event, every June the Victorian Rogaining Association holds the annual Scouts, Schools & Cadets Challenge. The course is prepared with youth members in mind and there are separate trophies to be won, in addition to the general public ones, if you are good enough!

For further information contact the Victorian Rogaine Association http://vra.rogaine.asn.au/

Looking for information on Suburban Rogaining? Suburban Adventure Racing is a fun activity for anyone and everyone, held every Tuesday evening through October to March. This is put on especially for Scouting but many people come along including Guides, locals and of course families, friends and dogs. Many Mobs, Packs, Troops, Units and Crews make the most of this activity as an excellent weeknight activity that ticks many boxes. Visit their website for the calendar and more details. They also have a Facebook group where they will be frequently posting updates.

Suburban Adventure Racing

Contact

State Leader – Bushwalking
State.bushwalking@scoutsvictoria.com.au

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