Into the wild with Steve Backshall and Helen Glover


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Would you like to experience an unforgettable 24 hour adventure with our Scout Ambassadors in the heart of the Lake District?

The Scout Association, along with Steve Backshall and Helen Glover, is offering twenty lucky Scouts and Explorers (aged 13-18) the chance to win a place on a unique, 24 hour adventure at Great Tower on the shores of Lake Windermere on 14 -15 August 2017.

Guided by Steve and Helen themselves, the Scouts and Explorers will be challenged to navigate across rugged terrain, solving puzzles, testing their skills, before collecting the equipment and supplies they’ll need to survive the night.

They will then make a crossing by water before building shelters and preparing for a night under the stars. Cooking their own food, listening to some epic stories round the fire, this will be an adventure like no other – a true back to basics experience. Day two will include a hike into the hills and spectacular views of Britain’s best loved national park, plus some special surprises.

A test of adventure, teamwork, resilience and ingenuity, this is likely to be a life changing experience for the young people taking part.

Both Steve and Helen are well known for their inspiring work in the outdoors, whether that’s rowing to Olympic Gold, kayaking on some of the world’s wildest rivers, or working with some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. They will also be supported by The Scout Association’s staff team throughout.

When and where

The event will begin at 1pm on Monday 14 August and finish by 1pm on Tuesday 15 August. The participants will be need to be at Scout Adventures, Great Tower, Birks Road, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA23 3PQ by 10:30am on Monday 14 August.

Accommodation, food and drink will be provided, but the young people will need to make their own travel arrangements at their own expense to and from Great Tower. Please note that a parent/carer’s permission is required, but they may not attend themselves. 

How to enter

To be in with a chance of winning, the Scouts and Explorers will need to be aged between 13 and 18 years on 15 August and tell us in no less than 350 words (or submit a video of no longer than two minutes) stating why they deserve a place on the adventure – explaining how they have helped others and done something to improve their local community, for example, helping conserve a local area.  

All entrants and their parent/carer should read the Terms and Conditions and complete the entry form below.

Completed entries should be sent to:

Into the Wild Competition,The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London E4 7QW, to arrive by Tuesday 20 June.

Or emailed to: with the subject line: ‘Into the Wild Competition’ to be received by midday on Tuesday 20 June.

The judges’ decision will be final and the winning Scouts and Explorers will be notified by 14 July 2017. A parent/carer will need to provide written consent that they are happy for the child to attend and confirm that they will arrange travel at their own expense to and from Great Tower. 

Download an entry form here.

Read the terms and conditions here.

Good luck!

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