Outdoor Activities and Events - ScoutHelp

Picnics

Throughout England there are hundreds of picnic sites that have been chosen for their scenic views. Seats, tables and car parking are provided. On open land, you can have a picnic, but you MUST remove your litter and DO NOT light a fire without the landowner’s permission.

When following a right of way you may stop to eat, provided you do not cause an obstruction for others or stray from the route.

Parking

Car parking facilities are provided at many beauty spots, picnic sites, country parks and other popular areas. If you park on the roadside, make sure this is legal and you are not causing an obstruction to any entrances or gateways. Farmers must be able to get into their fields at all times. Do not park so close to a road junction or farm entrance that your car obscures the view of the junction for other road users.

Camping and caravan

You are not normally allowed to pitch a tent or park a caravan anywhere without the landowner’s permission. If he or she regularly permits these activities, the land may be deemed a caravan or campsite, and a license and planning permission may be necessary. You should always check your map to find places to stay!

Organizing walks and rides

If you are organizing a walk or a ride for a group, you should plan the outing well in advance and take steps to ensure everyone safety and comfort. Walk or ride the route yourself before finalizing any plans. Think about the impact your group will have on the countryside and try to minimize it. Make a note of any difficulties you encounter. When planning the day, allow extra time for slow walkers, sightseeing and meal stops. Ask cafe or pub owners if they can deal with a large number of people all at once.

When you advertise your walk, give an indication of its time and distance, the need for any special clothing and information about refreshments (a pub stop, bring your own picnic lunch). Think about how people are going to get to the start of the walk or ride – whether there is parking or public transport – and how they are going to get back at the end of the day. Organized walks are often very popular. You may have to limit the size of your group. The level of supervision you will have to exercise depends on the group (their age and experience) the nature.

Organizing a sponsored walk needs meticulous planning, often over several months. It cannot be done quickly. You should notify the landowner and ensure they are content with the arrangements. You will need permission to way mark the route specially for the walk. You will need to appoint first aid experts to be on duty, assign marshals to monitor strategic points, and organize bases and checkpoints. You must make arrangements for insurance cover, car parking, refreshments, control of the route and litter clearance.

If something goes wrong

If a member of your party is lost, stop and organize a search. Do not allow the party to become separated, or another person may get lost. Remember the international distress signal – six blasts on a whistle followed by a one-minute pause, then repeated. The recognized acknowledgment is three blasts repeated several times at one-minute intervals. The same signals can be made with a torch or by waving a cloth.

If someone is injured and can travel no further, administer first aid and make sure the person is kept warm with all available spare clothing – and a survival bag is you have one. Do not try to move someone who is seriously injured. If there are more than two of you, one should stay with the injured person while the other seeks help. Before seeing help, make sure you know exactly where they injured person is. If you think you might have trouble finding your way back, use whatever materials may be around to display some kind of marker.