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Event details

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The Apex Challenge is three days of tough adventure and thrilling challenges. It's one of the UK's biggest and best events of its kind. Your team will complete a full weekend of activities as you battle for the ultimate honour of being the event's overall champion for 2019.

This year the event takes place at the spectacular Ampleforth estate near York. It's one of the best areas we've used and features dense woodland, steep valleys, lakes, rivers and vast forest. It will certainly be an event you won't forget!

Now's the time to get your team together and start getting ready for the ultimate Apex Challenge.

  • WHEN? Teams should arrive on Friday 11 October from 6pm and will be free to leave on Sunday 13 October by 4pm.
  • WHERE? The event takes place on the Ampleforth Estate near York. Event centre is in a field close to the village of Gilling East. The best postcode is YO62 4HP and grid reference SE 590767.
  • WHO? Entry is in teams of four (or three) for Explorer Scouts and members of the Scout Network.
  • HOW MUCH? The entry fee is £160 per team which is just £40.00 each for a team of four. That includes all activities, camp fees, prizes and food. Exclusive souvenir T-shirts are £8 each.

We know you'll have many more questions about the event. Most of them should be answered below:

Who can take part?

The event is open to all Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members in the UK. Entry is in teams of three or four and we are expecting around 400 competitors. There are prizes for the top teams in each age group. Back to top

What can we win?

The kudos of winning such a popular and demanding competition as the Apex Challenge is the main reason most teams take part. As well as taking away the coveted individual trophies, the winning teams at each of our events also leave with a banner for their Scout unit and other prizes such as exciting adventure experiences or outdoor equipment. Back to top

How do we enter?

Teams can enter online from 5pm on Sunday 7 July via our online entry form up until 8pm on Wednesday 2 October. Places will be allocated first-come, first-served until the event reaches capacity. There are more details on our how to enter page. Back to top

Can we pay by cheque?

It is not possible to pay for Apex Challenge events by cheque. Using online electronic payment is both quicker and easier for both teams taking part and the team which organises the Apex Challenge. Back to top

Where is it all happening?

This year's event is being held on the Ampleforth Estate near York. See the directions page for full details of the location and the arrangements for arriving at the event. Back to top

When do we need to be there?

You should arrive at the event car park on the evening of Friday 11 October. We realise teams may be travelling long distances so we're flexible with arrival times. Please try to arrive between 6pm and 9.30pm. Due to the high volume of event traffic, special parking arrangements are being made, and be aware there is a long single track road to the main event field. Please follow the signs and directions of our event marshals when you arrive. Back to top

When does it all finish?

Teams will be free to leave from 4pm on Sunday, after the final results presentation. If you’re being collected, please ask parents to follow the event signs and directions from our marshals and park in the main parking area close to Event Centre until you’re ready to be collected.  Back to top

What will be the format of the event?

After arriving on site you will sign in at the main marquee. Here you will be given a pack containing the map and event instructions. You also need to hand us your consent forms. Start times for Saturday will be allocated in a random order. You will then have time to set up your tents and sort out your gear for the event.

At 10.15pm there will be an event briefing in the main marquee where the full rules are explained and final information is given to teams. This will be followed by a short, sharp, night-time activity before you return to your tents around 1am to get some sleep before the main weekend challenge begins. Saturday will be a long day full of challenge and adventure, followed by the chance to unwind at the legendary Saturday Night Live in the main marquee.

On Sunday you’ll be taking on the Apex Adventure Race before the final results presentation. The event will be over by 4pm on Sunday when teams are free to leave.

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What should we bring?

It is important every member of every team is properly kitted out for this tough event. Random spot checks of kit will be performed by the local mountain rescue team alongside our own safety team before and during the event. Make sure you have everything on the official kit list. Back to top

What facilities are there?

Toilets and hand-washing facilities will be available in the camping area. Please be aware there are no shower facilities available this year. A fresh water supply will be available at event centre. Your entry fee includes most of your food for the weekend except lunch for Saturday, and snacks for the weekend which you should bring yourself.Back to top

What do we get for our money?

The entry fee remains great value at just £160 per team of four. That works out at just £37.50 each for a team of four! For this you get a full adventure challenge weekend with all camp fees, facilities, activities, equipment and safety cover paid for. You also get all your food for the weekend (except your lunch for Saturday and snacks for the weekend which you should bring yourself.) Your entry fee also helps pay for some great prizes and the souvenir results booklet that you'll get to take home with you. Back to top

What about consent forms?

This is very important. EVERYONE needs to download and complete a consent form and hand it in to us when they arrive, regardless of how old they are. See the consent form page where forms are also available for any adults who will be attending the event, but not competing, to complete. Back to top

Who's responsble for the 'Nights Away' applications?

The responsibility for making sure everyone taking part complies with the Scout Association's 'Nights Away' rules lies with the section leaders of those attending. Leaders need to make sure the necessary notification forms are completed and that the requirements of a Nights Away permit are met. If Explorers are attending without adult supervision, one of them will need an Event Passport. Back to top

Can I bring my dog?

Well behaved dogs are very welcome at the Apex Challenge but we must follow the rules of the sites we use. At Ampleforth, dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short lead - this is due to the livestock on the estate.

Any other questions?

Full details about how the event works will be gone through at the event briefing. Everything else you need to know should be covered on the website, especially on our frequently asked questions page. If you've still got any questions about the event, please do get in touch. Back to top

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