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Expedition Challenge - Equipment

Scouts should carry suitable equipment for their mode of travel, and for dealing with emergency situations. They don't need to carry all of their equipment and belongings with them to complete the award.

If they are staying in indoor accommodation, they should be able to leave excess baggage there in a locker or storeroom. If they’re travelling in a city, they could look into storing it in a public locker at a train station or similar. Most major train and coach stations in the UK offer this service, but always check beforehand. If they’re doing an expedition in a rural area, see what you can do to reduce the load they have to carry. 

Scouts could use this Expedition Challenge kit list to pack for their exploration or expedition. Equipment needed will obviously vary depending on what young people are doing, but the list can be adapted.

To support Scouts to plan what equipment they will need, the following resources may be useful:

Choosing equipment

Our partner and recommended outdoor retailer, GO Outdoors, can provide support to your section through kit talks, rucksack and boot fitting services, and discounts. For more information, visit scouts.org.uk/gooutdoors.

For further guidance in choosing equipment, access the following resources:


For support with selecting, packing and adjusting a rucksack, Scouts could use the following resources:

 To return to the Expedition Challenge Award webpage, click here.


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