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Bushwalking is so much more than throwing a pack on your back and putting one foot in front of the other. Through providing opportunities to explore a diverse range of environments by foot, we can offer an adventurous activity that creates opportunities to develop character, relationships, resilience and confidence.

Bushwalking should never be seen as a given ability, but rather a sought-after skill. One that can be constantly developed, challenged and rewarded. Bushwalking has always been and will continue to remain a core component of Scouting right across the world which enables life long memories of adventure.

How to make it happen

All scouting activities are subject to Scouting policies and procedures. Adult Leaders are responsible for ensuring the safety of Scouts and the compliance of activities and undertakings with Scouting policies and procedures.

Neighbourhood Walks on your Unit Night

A walk in your local neighbourhood is great both with the late daylight of Summer, or by torchlight during Winter.

Some ideas to for your unit to add extra fund and excitement:

  • Make it a chalk chase
  • Bury some treasure
  • Flip a coin on a penny hike
  • Try a photo scavenger hunt
Find a place to walk with Walking SA

Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia, including walking for recreation, transport, health, wellbeing, organised events, adventure, environmental appreciation and fun experiences.

“Find a place to Walk” is a great resource to browse walks of various lengths in specific parks and regions, whether it be up to 2 hours, half day, full day or multiple days

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Geocaching is an outdoor pastime in which participants use a global position satellite (GPS) receiver to find hidden objects, known as geocaches.

At the time of publishing, there are more than 3 million geocaches hidden throughout the world in over 190 countries. Of those just shy of 80,000 geocaches are hidden across Australia, with just a little over 14,000 hidden and active in South Australia.

Geocaching is simple and easy to get into, grab a map or mobile phone and start hunting.

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Rogaining with SA Rogaining Association

The South Australian Rogaining Association (SARA) describe Rogaining as:

Rogaining is an outdoor treasure hunt, like no other. If you’re the type who enjoys the great outdoors via the TV at the end of a treadmill, then rogaining probably won’t be your thing.


The aim of the game is to race against the clock in teams to find the most controls and gain the highest points. Teams travel on foot, armed only with the course map and a trusty compass.


Every team has a different idea of how they are going to tackle a rogaine. Some are out to win and find every control out on the course, if they can. Other teams want to head to the hills to enjoy mountain-top views. Yet others want to hit the flatter areas and discover hidden gorges and explore river beds; immersing themselves in nature. That’s the beauty of rogaining. The setters provide the location and teams get to choose their own route, pace, and adventure.


Rogaining is a community. It’s exploring new places. It’s time with friends or family. It’s free roaming. It’s being unplugged. It’s a meal around a campfire, camping and sharing stories with new friends. It’s learning something new.

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SARA Winter Rogaine Event – 25 Jun 2022
6 hour bush event in the Adelaide Hills

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Extended walks along a major South Australian Trails

The following major South Australian Trails are a good place to start looking for your next multi-day adventure:

Heysen Trail

South Australia’s 1,200km Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges, traversing coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests, vineyards, rich farmland and historic towns.

It caters for both the serious backpacker hiking the entire trail and for walkers doing day walks along shorter sections.

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Lavender Federation Trail

The Lavender Federation Trail is a linear walking trail through diverse countryside traversing the eastern flanks of the Mt Lofty Ranges. It begins at Murray Bridge and traverses the Barossa, Goyder, Mid North and the Clare Valley regions to Clare.

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Walk the Yorke

With more than 500 Kilometers of continuous shared walking & cycling leisure trail, you can explore Yorke Peninsula’s coastline from Port Wakefield to Moonta Bay.

With coastal trails & town walks, Walk the Yorke showcases Yorke Peninsula’s spectacular coastline, diverse coastal communities and environments unique to Yorkes.

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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Nature’s secrets are waiting to be discovered at every step of the 61 kilometer five-day trek, with the trail weaving its way through the most botanically unique area in all of South Australia before reaching the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean. The unimaginable beauty of this part of the world has to be seen to be believed. Come and discover the magic for yourself.

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Navfest 2022: Bush

Here is your chance to learn about all the exciting world of rogaining and orienteering!

For our second Navfest event this year we offer a tips and tricks session with in-the-field navigation practice in the morning.

This will be followed by a two hour orienteering/rogaining event in the afternoon. In teams of 2-7 you will have the opportunity to navigate through the bush at Para Wirra Conservation Park and challenge yourself to find all the controls on your planned route.

The event is suitable for all ages and skill levels, and you may attend either or both the morning training and the competitive event. Venturers and experienced Scouts can form their own teams while younger teams will need to have an adult.

Date: Saturday 29 October 2022
Time: Training/practice sessions: 10:00am to 12:00pm, competition: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Helipad, Para Wirra Conservation Park

Jamboree on the Trail (JOTT)

Jamboree On The Trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together.

All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. In their own way, everyone will be hiking the same direction: towards a better future through Scouting.

JOTT is held on the second Saturday of May each year.

It’s the 25th Jamboree on the Trail this year. Please register online @

Suitable for: All youth members


Rookie and Branch Hike

Branch hike has traditionally been an overnight hiking expedition based in Mt Crawford Forest Reserve supported by the Scouts SA Program and Events teams, but on occasion will be held at the Woodhouse Activity Centre.

Youth member patrols enter the event, and are required to navigate their way through checkpoints on a supplied map with Adult Leaders providing support and supervision.

Various checkpoints are included along the way providing challenging activities for bonus points.

Suitable for: Suitability of youth members will be confirmed for the next event

Location: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Dates: 2-4 September 2022

Cost: $25 per person


Advanced Bushwalking Expeditions

Bushwalking Team Activity Leaders run advanced trips throughout the year, including some spectacular arid trips in the Flinders Ranges.

Participants need to have good hiking and camping skills with past experience and a positive attitude.

Refer to the below upcoming adventures:

Mawson Plateau

Friday evening stay at Port Augusta Scout Hall, then travel to Arkaroola and Paralana Hot Springs to start the walk

Dates: 8 – 17 Jul 2022

Dutchman’s Stern

Dates: 30 Sep – 3 Oct 2022

All Expeditions Suitable for: Scouts with OAS Stage 5 with previous experience of a multi-day walk over 40kms, Venturers and Rovers

Expressions of Interest: (including logbook) to Michael Woodward at


Brodie’s Mt Remarkable Hike

Dates: 7 – 10 Oct 2022

Queen’s Scout Award – Adventurous Journey

Expressions of Interest:

Scouts SA Bushwalking Team

The Scouts SA Bushwalking Team exists to provide these adventurous and diverse bushwalking opportunities to Scouts and Leaders of all backgrounds. We achieve this through a commitment to providing extensive training to recognised standards. We’re committed to creating opportunities for all people to explore the landscapes locally, nationally and internationally.

Contact BC Bushwalking
Bob Ellis

Download 2021 Q3 Bushwalking News

Training and Skill Development

We provide Bushwalking and Common Core training through the Scouts Australia Institute of Training (SAIT) in alignment with VET (SIS0) Qualifications. This training is available to Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Adult Leaders.

Please refer to the Adventurous Activities Training page for further details in relation to training pathways and the National Adventurous Activities Framework

The training we provide is a much more comprehensive and recognised extension of your Basic Leader Training Outdoor Skills.

Depending on the level which you strive for, our training enables you to lead Bushwalking expeditions in local and remote locations, non-extreme and extreme environments, on tracked and un-marked terrain, for a range of distances and over a culmination of nights.

Bushwalking Training

Are you an Adult Leader, Rover, Venturer or Scout who is interested in furthering your adventurous activity bushwalking skills? Do you need to complete training to undertake planned bushwalks this year and beyond?

2021 Training Dates
BWG21TP01- Trained Participant Bushwalking Course (Open)
Part 1 Mon 19, Tue 20 & Wed 21 Jul 2021 (18:00 – 20:00) Online
Part 2 Sat 7 – Sun 8 Aug 2021 Kuipto Forest
BWG21SP01 – Safe Bushwalking Course (Open)
Part 1 Mon 26 – Tue 27 Jul 2021 (19:00 – 21:00) Online
Part 2 Sat 14? – 15 Aug 2021 Kuipto Forest

Suitable for: Adult Leaders, Rovers, Venturers, Senior Scouts preparing for OAS5+ Adventurous Journeys.


Continuation Training Sessions

We are holding online adventurous activities?Continuation Training?sessions on the first Tuesday of each month, all as detailed in the included program.??The?Continuation Training sessions are designed to build upon your existing Scout and Adventurous Activities training and assist with the broadening your knowledge in the selected subject area.??These sessions are open to any member of Scouts, they are free, however It is essential to register on MyScout if you wish to attend.??We would like to see you at our next meeting.

Date Topic
6 Jul Bushwalk Planning
3 Aug Adventurous Activities Logbook
7 Sep Implementing Bushwalking Activities in Scouts SA
5 Oct Alpine Activities (SA Youth Members)
2 Nov Heysen Trail – End-to-End (10 weeks)
7 Dec Adventurous Activities 2021, Five-minute talks

Dates and Location: 1st Tuesday of every month, 7:15pm – 9:15pm Online

Suitable for: Adult Leaders, Rovers, Venturers, Senior Scouts


River Crossing Training

The Scouts SA Bushwalking Team facilitates a practical river crossing session aligning to Bushwalking OAS Stage 7 competencies.

Suitable for: Adults holding Level 2 bushwalking and Youth Members pursuing OAS Bushwalking Stage 7

Dates: Sat 27 Feb 2020 12:30:pm – 3:00pm

Location: Onkaparinga River, Port Noarlunga

Further info:

Contact: Greg Roberts,


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