2021 | Lake District
A week of adventure, hill walking and navigation skills development in the heart of the Lake District.
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 Hillcraft fee is £95 and includes all camp fees and travel to/from and during the event. Payble via bank transfer, details can be found at time of booking.
The event 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.
Participants must be self-sufficient for the duration of the camp, providing all equipment 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 (around 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 at Winter Camp.
Winter Camp and Training
Hopehill Campsite, Meopham
Training starts with this challenging 2 night camp.
We meet on Friday at 8pm (you can arrive from 6pm to put up your tent).
Tuition is given in First Aid, campcraft, cooking, emergency procedures, navigation, equipment, etc.
You could use this camp to try out the equipment you intend to use in the Lakes as Kent in early February can be a little like Cumbria in April!
Attendance at Winter Camp is compulsory for all Scouts and all other first-timers who are intending to come to Hillcraft.
Information and booking for this will be issued by Darren Stanford (ADC Scouts). Please note the cost of Winter Camp is seperate from the fee for Hillcraft.
Hopehill Campsite, Meopham
Everyone attending Hillcraft should meet at Hopehill at 09.20 (Finish 12.45) for the Pre-Course Meeting. Candidates meet their Party Leaders and arrange further training. Applicants should wear uniform and bring along a notebook and pencil, compass and AA Walkers Map 2 (Central Lake District) or Outdoor Leisure Maps 4, 5, 6 & 7 if available. Parents are welcome to attend the sessions from 10:40am.
Starting at 10.40 until 11.40 there will be a presentation on the range of equipment suitable for lightweight camping and hill walking in the Lake District. This presentation is for everyone attending Hillcraft and candidates’ parents are also welcome, especially those of first timers. We do have some spare second hand kit that first timers are able to borrow, please speak to one of the leaders at the end of the morning. The equipment talk takes place in the Barnes Wing.
Following on from the Equipment Presentation there will be a short briefing for parents, mainly for the parents of first time Scouts and Explorer Scouts, but all parents are welcome. This will be starting at 11.40am, straight after the equipment presentation. This takes place in the Lion’s Wing. During this time the participants will be looking at routes with their party leaders.
Dates & Location TBA by Walking Party Leader
Party Leaders will arrange separate training sessions with the members of their walking parties, to include an all day or overnight hike, probably locally in the North Downs or possibly further afield, to check equipment, and develop navigational and hiking skills. Participants will get contact information for their party leader at Winter Camp.