Time & Location
About the Event
The District Easter Hillcraft Course is open to all Scouts (who are in year 8 or above at the time of the event), all Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members and Leaders from all sections. This annual activity, run by experienced and qualified Leaders, begins with Gravesham Winter Camp & ends with a challenging 5 night camp in the Lake District in April.
The course is based at Rydal Hall (OS Map Ref: NY 365 063). This attractive campsite is in the heart of the Lake District, close to Rydal Water, and approximately 2 km northwest of Ambleside which is at the head of Lake Windermere. The site has its own tea room and there are many shops in nearby Ambleside. Participants must be self-sufficient for the duration of the camp, providing all equipment (see list overleaf) and food and cook for themselves.
Throughout the stay a series of challenging walks in the hills are undertaken. Many peaks of over 600m and some of over 900m are included, with more experienced parties having the chance to camp out overnight en-route. Walkers are organised into parties (which will be organised at Winter Camp) and each party will have a Party Leader responsible for their walking and safety in the hills.
Transport will be by mini-bus or vehicle sharing, final travel plans are made following the precourse meeting at Winter Camp. Departure will be early (at 4am) on the 8th April from Hope Hill Campsite enabling the young people to do their food shopping and an acclimatisation walk on the afternoon of arrival. The option to stay over at Hopehill on Tuesday 7th April is available, details will be available after Winter Camp.