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The Great 8 Challenge

Week 4 — Wayfinder Whiz

The Great 8 Challenge is underway, will you survive? Eight epic weeks of challenges will be uploaded here each Monday. Make sure to check out the Leaderboard to see where your region and Council rank, for weekly prize winners and pictures of the week! Don’t forget, your Section could win a virtual meet-n-greet with the Survivorman himself!

 Great 8 Challenge Crest - Week 4
Great 8 Challenge Crest.
 

Great 8 Challenge Crest FAQ.pdf

Are you ready?

It’s going to be an adventure-filled journey - you won’t want to miss it!

Join Les Stroud, aka Survivorman, as you embark on this epic eight-week challenge! Councils and Sections will be competing for bragging rights, and to accumulate weekly crests that form one ultimate composite crest. . . .and that’s not all. Embark on these adventurous challenges for a chance to win a virtual Section meet-n-greet with the Survivorman himself!

Great 8 Leaderboard

Determine your team’s “survivability” by submitting your completed challenges each week. We’ll be tracking your progress and updating The Great 8 Challenge leader-board so you can see who’s on top!

 

View Leaderboard

The Leaderboard will be updated every Monday by 5 pm.

 

Great 8 - Prize & Winner Details.pdf

Challenges

Week 4:Wayfinder Whiz

Wayfinder Whiz

Well, your relaxing hike back home did NOT go as planned... You’ve somehow ended up in the thick, dark, dense forest! You can’t see even an arms-length in front of you—never mind the cloud of mosquitoes and blackflies that add to the challenge!
You need to navigate yourself out of the forest and back to camp safely before dark!
Did you bring any navigation tools?

Supply Lists

  • BEAVERS
  • You’ve got your map and compass. How did you get here? You were smart and left a few markers for reference! But can you find them? Are they still there? As a Group, challenge yourself to navigate a local park or path by only using a map and compass! Do you know your directions? North, East, South, West.
    Make sure not to be bitten by ticks and other yucky bugs.

    Per Lodge

    • Map of local area

    •Compass per youth (or at least 2–3 per Lodge and disinfecting wipes to wipe them between uses)

  • CUBS
  • You only have your compass, but you dropped it so you’re working with a cracked face of the compass. Can you find your way out of the forest? How did you get here? Did you take any extra precautions on your way into the forest? As a Group, challenge yourself to navigate a local park or path by only using a map and compass!

    Make sure not to be bitten by ticks and other yucky bugs.

    Per Lair

    • Map of local area

    •Compass per youth (or at least 2-3 per Lair and disinfecting wipes to wipe them between uses)

  • SENIOR SECTIONS
  • Your compass is broken, but you’ve got a map! How do you navigate without your compass to find safety and get out of the forest and back to camp via coordinates? What else can you use to get back to safety? As a Group, challenge yourself to navigate a local park, path or forest through orienteering .

    Stay clear of all the stinging bugs and insects.

    Per Patrol

    • Map of local area (for an added challenge, try different kinds of maps, like topographical maps)

    Learning Outcome

    Map and Compass

    Orienteering

     
    Badges Connections
     
    Resources

    Ticks You Off

    How to Use a Compass

    How to Use a Map and Compass

    Orienteering Canada

    DON'T FORGET!

    • Submit your weekly challenges to the online leader-board!

    • Take pictures during your challenges and upload them when you submit

    .• Make sure to share Les’ video each week with the kids to kick-off the challenge!

    Week 3: Moose on the Loose

    Moose on the Loose

    Good morning! Daylight arrives again, and you think that you can finally make the journey back home. Suddenly, you look ahead on the trail and see a moose—she’s as big and strong as a horse and is refusing to move out of the way. Your planned route is now impassible due to the large animal—did you prepare for the unexpected by planning an alternate way home?
    Time to get creative and re-route your way back to safety on a different trail!

    Supply Lists

  • BEAVERS
  • Join in on JOTT—go for a hike in a local park, at a nearby hiking trail or around your community. Make sure to plan a hiking route and a back-up hiking route, in case something unexpected happens!

    Per Lodge

    •Map of nearby hiking area

  • CUBS
  • Join in on JOTT—go for a hike in a local park, at a nearby hiking trail or around your community. Plan a hiking route and a back-up hiking route, in case something unexpected happens!

    Don’t forget to leave a copy of your trip plan with someone at home, like a parent or friend—that way, if you run into trouble, someone knows how to help you!

    Per Lair

    • Map of area you will be hiking

  • SENIOR SECTIONS
  • Plan a route that will take you on a journey—a 42 km journey to be precise. As you plan your hiking route, consider planning a series of hikes over the next two months. See if you can hike the distance of a marathon—42 km.

    Per Patrol

    • Map of local hiking trails

    • Notebook to create your plan for your series of hikes

    Learning Outcome

    JOTT/ Marathon Hike

     
    Badges Connections
     
    Resources

    Jamboree on the Trail

    AdventureSmart-Hiking

    Leave No Trace

    AdventureSmart Trip Plan

    DON'T FORGET!

    • Submit your weekly challenges to the online leader-board!

    • Take pictures during your challenges and upload them when you submit

    .• Make sure to share Les’ video each week with the kids to kick-off the challenge!

    Week 2: Tarp Troubles

    Tarp Troubles

    Hooray! It’s finally time for adventure. You decide to head to the mountains for a hike with your Scout group. You’re on your adventure—admiring the crisp, mountain breeze around you. It’s chilly, and... uh-oh, you realize can’t get home before dark. You need to build a shelter to keep you safe and warm overnight!
    Your mission is to make sure you can be prepared for all of the possible elements—wind, rain, snow, or even animals? What equipment did you bring?

    Supply Lists

  • BEAVERS
  • You’re so smart! You brought a tarp and some rope —just in case. What kind of shelter can you build to keep you safe overnight? Can it still keep you warm? Build a sturdy, safe shelter using the materials you have! Try a personal tarp shelter.

    Per Lodge

    • Tarp

    • Rope

    • Spars (if you have them on hand)
    Doing this challenge in a wooded area is ideal, if possible!

  • CUBS
  • You’ve brought the tarp—but you forgot rope!? How can you build a shelter to keep you safe and warm for the night? What else could help you stay warm in this situation? Build a sturdy, safe shelter using the materials you have! Can you make a personal tarp shelter?

    Per Lair

    • Tarp

    • Spars

    Doing this challenge in a wooded area is ideal, if possible!

  • SENIOR SECTIONS
  • D’oh! You weren’t prepared for this adventure at all... and only brought some granola and 2L of water. Nothing for shelter!? What natural resources can you use to keep you warmest? Build a sturdy, safe shelter using the materials you can find around you!

    Per Patrol

    • Rope or twine

    Learning Outcome

    Shelter Building

     
    Badges Connections
     
    Resources

    How to Build a Survival Shelter

    How to Set Up a Tarp

    DON'T FORGET!

    • Submit your weekly challenges to the online leader-board!

    • Take pictures during your challenges and upload them when you submit

    .• Make sure to share Les’ video each week with the kids to kick-off the challenge!

    Week 1: Far-out Feast

    Far-Out-Feast

    Everything is closed, even the grocery store! You can’t leave your house, but you have to eat, so you must use what you have on hand!

    Supply Lists

  • BEAVERS
  • No cooking—make something out of apples, bananas, grapes and chocolate.

    Per Beaver

    • Fruit: apples, bananas, grapes, chocolate (and others if you’d like)

    • Bowl

    • Cutting board

    • Knife (if possible—if you do not think your Beavers can cut fruit safely, feel free to pre-cut it!)

  • CUBS
  • You must use some sort of camp stove or fire if local regulations allow. Cook your favourite meal, add in an unusual ingredient. Eg. Chocolate in pasta sauce

    Per Cub (for Groups in Stage 1 or 2)

    • Simple meal that can be cooked individually, like tin foil dinners or boil in bag meals.

    • Camp stove, propane stove, or materials to lay and light a fire (if local regulations allow)

    Per Lair (for Groups in Stage 3 or 4)

    • Camp stove, propane stove, or materials to lay and light a fire (if local regulations allow)

    • Ingredients for a simple meal that the Cubs can construct (like spaghetti and sauce), with an additional “weird”   ingredient—like cinnamon! Feel free to involve your Pack in planning your ingredients.

  • Senior Sections
  • You must use cooking Equipment that you have not used before. Use an unusual ingredient e.g. Cricket flour.

    MasterChef

    Per Scout (for Groups in Stage 1 or 2)

    • Meal that can be cooked individually, like tin foil dinners or boil in bag meals. Don’t forget to choose a weird ingredient for everyone to add!

    • Materials to lay and light a fire (if regulations allow), materials for a buddy burner or other stove!)

    Per Patrol (for Groups in Stage 3 or 4)

    • Meal that can be cooked individually, like tin foil dinners or boil-in bag meals. Don’t forget to choose a weird ingredient for everyone to add!

    • Materials to lay and light a fire (if regulations allow), materials for a buddy burner or other stove!) Work as a Troop to determine what your unusual ingredient will be.

    DON'T FORGET!

    • Submit your weekly challenges to the online leader-board!

    • Take pictures during your challenges and upload them when you submit

    .• Make sure to share Les’ video each week with the kids to kick-off the challenge!

    The Great 8 Challenge is based on Les Stroud’s new book, Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman. Published by Annick Press.

     

    Use the Scouts Canada exclusive promo code: SCOUTS to get 25% off! 

     

    From Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman by Les Stroud, published by Annick Press © 2021 Stroud Publishing Inc. © 2021 Andrew P. Barr. © Laura Bombier.  Used by permission of Annick Press.