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    Each team must comprise of between 3 - 5 participants, all of whom must be members of The Scout Association or Girl Guiding UK.
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    The Chiltern 20 is an experience not to be missed. That is why we have hundreds of returners each year.
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    The Chiltern 20 is an experience not to be missed. That is why we have hundreds of returners each year.

Welcome to the Chiltern 20

Welcome to the 40th Anniversary of the Chiltern 20 Challenge Hike Festival. The main event will be on Saturday 15th October 2022 as we revert back to the much-loved format of starting and finishing at a big school somewhere in the Chiltern Hills and having a presentation at the end.

Any team which is not able to attend on the Saturday due to religious or work reasons is invited to participate in the event on Sunday 16th October 2022 where teams can choose a pre-selected route. Contact secretary@chiltern20.org for more details.

The event is open to any member of the Scout section or Girlguiding aged between 10 and 14½ years old.

Teams participating in the Saturday event will be given a time of arrival to arrive at the start and finish location. Prior to starting, all teams will take part in a short navigation exercise.

The cost for the main Saturday event is £50 per team (regardless of the number of walkers). This provides venue hire, transport where necessary, a light meal at the finish, First Aid facilities and administration costs.

This event will be run as close as possible to what we have done for the past forty years, with a Junior route of about 12kms and a Senior route of about 20kms.

Any team may be accompanied by up to two adults if the Scout Leader decides this would be a safer option for the team.

The Sunday event on 16th October is for any team unable to take part on the Saturday to have the opportunity of taking part in a single team challenge event run along similar lines as our Chiltern 20 in 2020. The cost for this event is £20 per team, regardless of the number of walkers. This is to cover administrative costs.

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The Chiltern 20 is an established event designed to test Scouts on their orienteering skills, endurance and teamwork.

The route will not be disclosed until the day of the event. All teams therefore start with exactly the same chance of winning a trophy.

The event



Working as a team is not an easy skill to learn but Scouting provides excellent opportunities to do so. The Chiltern 20 is a well established event that is a great example of young people working together.



The Chiltern 20 is a fantastic test of endurance. We advise plenty of training before the event as the event is physically challenging. Try to train in the area with your team in the weeks leading up to the event and make sure you are prepared by understanding the rules and having ALL the kit.



Being able to read an OS map and navigate through challenging terrain such as the Chiltern Hills is an excellent skill to be able to acquire. The route is not disclosed until the morning of the event adding an additional challenge to the event.

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We have been running this event for nearly 40 years and we are always happy to see new faces. Challenge yourself and enter our competition.