Solstice will take place on the Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June 2017 and the event
is open to Scouts maximum age 14 years and 6 months on the day of event.
Scouts aged older than 14 years and 2 months will receive a handicap to
even out the competition.
At least one Scout from each team must be able to navigate, use a
map & compass, understand 8 & 10 fig grid references and have a good
understanding of first aid. GPS technology is permitted in this competition.
Scouts will participate in teams, with a minimum patrol size of four and
a maximum of six. Teams can contain a young leader or adult (maximum
team size 7) but will be classed as a training team and therefore will be
competing for the training team trophy.
The focus of the event is how the teams perform and function as a team
not as individuals. Points are awarded for Geo-Cache found, activity bases
completed, construction of the bivvy including recognisable knots used,
dinning shelter, breakfast menu and cooking methods/styles, camp gadgets,
tidiness and helpfulness around the camp.
Solstice is an enormous “game” of cat & mouse very similar to Moonlight
with the exception that the teams are “hunting” and navigating their way
around a controlled area to find Geo-caches and activity bases whilst also
being hunted by catchers. The size of the controlled area this year is approx
4500 hectares, with a perimeter boundary just over 35Km.