Four-Wheel Driving

Strap yourself in for an adventurous ride through Victoria’s most rugged scenery. Four wheel driving can take you through rain forests, sand dunes and alpine streams.

There’s nothing quite like heading off that the beaten track to explore hidden waterfalls or to pause in pristine spots that are rarely visited. Splash through a creek or pull up at an old mountain hut. You can carefully traverse rocky terrain and discover stunning vantage points to admire our amazing world. 

Four wheel driving requires skill and careful planning. Just like the Scout motto says, you must Be Prepared. Our team helps you prepare yourself and your vehicle for all those scenarios when things don’t go quite to plan.

The State Four Wheel Driving Team

This is a four wheel drive club for any member of the Scout Association. Members enjoy off-road trips with each other, using their vehicles and skills for a wide range of adventures.

Talks and trips can be arranged for any Section. We can also provide assessors for the award schemes.

The team can help out with communications equipment, 4WD vehicles and competent drivers. We’ve been involved with Rover Moots, Scout hikes, Armstrong 500, Mudbash, and Hoadley Hides.

Meetings
3rd Monday of the month, 8:00 pm, Scout Hall, Ivanhoe Grove Chadstone.

Contact
State Leader – Four Wheel Driving Team
state.4wd@scoutsvictoria.com.au

Training courses

The Unit conducts several training courses, including free clinics for drivers (2WD or 4WD) who travel in difficult conditions on Scout activities.

There are two courses available:

  • Activity Leader Basic 4x4 Level 1, that covers skills required to drive a four-wheel drive vehicle safely.
  • Activity Leader Advanced 4x4 Level 2, that covers advanced driving and recovery techniques.

The cost is $70 for Venturers and $140 for Adults in Scouting.

Other Course Dates:  Additional part time and weekend courses for groups of 6-10 people can be arranged.

Course Applications: Lodge the completed Online Training Form.

Training enquiries: training.4wd@scoutsvictoria.com.au

Venturer Awards Scheme Standard - Four Wheel Driving

Questions re award scheme standards - contact State Leader Four Wheel Driving

Level 1 Outdoor or Pursuits

Pre-Requisites:

  • Learner’s Permit and access to a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Basic driving skills.

Requirements:

  • Participate in an Activity Leader Basic 4x4 Level 1 course.
  • Participate in an easy/medium day trip.

Level 2 Outdoor or Pursuits

Pre-Requisites:

  • Complete Level 1 Outdoor or Pursuits - Activity Leader Basic 4x4 Level 1 course.

Requirements:

  • Organise and run an easy/medium weekend trip in unfamiliar terrain; Prepare pre-trip notes and maps; Report on track conditions; and Report to 4x4 Service Unit on trip.

Checklist for Group Leaders

All four wheel drive activities involving youth members must adhere to the guidelines contained in “Adventure Activity Standard – Four Wheel Driving”. This is a government sponsored series of guidelines, available from Outdoors Victoria: www.outdoorsvictoria.org.au

Qualifications

Trip Leader must:

  • Hold a Certificate of Adult Leadership,
  • Have completed the Activity Leader qualification requirements including the Activity Leader Basic 4x4 Level 1 training course or an approved equivalent,
  • Have experience in the trip terrain type [alpine, desert] and preferably training to an advanced level [Activity Leader Advanced 4x4 Level 2] for hard trips.
  • Be able to assess the suitability of vehicles and drivers for the trip

It’s recommended that an assistant Trip Leader has similar qualifications.

Contact the State Leader for help if you don’t have a qualified Trip Leader willing to run your activity.

Drivers must:

  • Have completed the Activity Leader Basic 4x4 Level 1 training course or an approved equivalent
  • Have experience in the trip terrain type
  • Know how to use a recovery strap safely
  • Understand stall procedure for manual vehicles.
  • Be aware of poor traction in descents for automatic vehicles

Passengers: Passenger age and experience will determine appropriate trip classification.

Vehicles:

  • There must be at least two or more vehicles on every trip. 
  • All vehicles should have suitable tyres and basic recovery gear [shovel, recovery strap].
  • One or more vehicles should carry a hand winch [2.5T capacity] and accessories.
  • On Black or Red trips, one or more vehicles should have a power winch [3.6T capacity] with experienced operators.
  • For trips to alpine resorts, and other trips where snow is possible, vehicles must carry one pair of wheel chains.
  • On trips involving non-resort snow driving, two pairs of wheel chains should be carried, plus equipment for an unplanned overnight stay. 
  • Consider passenger comfort when allocating seats. Leave spare seats to allow for a disabled vehicle.
  • All occupants must be seated in legally approved seats with seat belts fastened - not in trailers or the back of utilities.
  • Avoid sideways facing seats especially for younger passengers.
  • Youth members must not travel in vehicles driven by learner drivers.

Trip Classifications

  • Green - all Wheel Drive vehicles. High range only. Road tyres.
  • Blue - Mainly high range with some low range. Road tyres.
  • Black - Significant low range. Standard ground clearance. All Terrain tyres. Experienced drivers would have little   difficulty on all sections.
    • Red - Extensive low range. High ground clearance. Terrain tyres. Winch/Recovery equipment. Experienced drivers only. Experienced drivers with suitable vehicles may have difficulty on some sections.
    • Snow - snow driving in non-resort areas should be classified as Black for day trips, Red for overnight.

Limitations

Inexperienced passengers can be injured in rough rides so we impose limits on the types of activities for the different Sections.

  • Joeys and Cubs - Blue
  • Scouts – Blue [or Black if not too rough]
  • Venturers - Black
  • Rovers - Black [or Red if experienced]
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