Adventure Timeline

The Senior Scout Adventure is South Africa's premier event on the Scouting calendar.

The Adventure was first held in 1970 and with one exception has been run every two years. Hosted and organised by Scouting in the Western Cape it has over the years been held in the Witzenberg, Winterhoek and Cederberg wilderness areas.

Scouts from England, Ireland, Scotland, USA, Canada, Australia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Uganda and Botswana have attended the Adventures over the years.

The Timeline is shown from the most recent adventure.

Dates: 11/12/1992 – 22/12/1992
Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R425
Base Camp: Kalkoenfontein

New to the Adventure was Mountain Biking at Heuningvlei and Camel and Horse Trails with real Camels at Kromrivier.

Dates: 10/12/1990 – 21/12/1990
Convenor: Colin Inglis
Cost: R280
Participants: 462

Base Camp: Driehoek

Comment from a Scout: - "For myself and fellow Patrol members, the Adventure was without doubt the highlight in our Scouting careers. It was superbly organised and run and lived up to all its great expectations".

Dates: 11/12/1988 – 22/12/1988
Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R245
Participants: 498

Base Camp: Driehoek

Read in Jack's report how Buzz nearly froze after being left on Tafelberg overnight.

Dates: 11/12/1986 – 22/12/1986
Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R200
Participants: 409

Base Camp: Driehoek

By 1985 the Adventure had permission from the private landowners in the Cederberg to put  “activity centres” on their land and permission from the Dept. of Forestry to hike and trail camp on their land. In December 1986 the Adventure moved back to the Cederberg.

Dates: 27/12/1983 – 7/1/1984
Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R125
Participants: 599

The adventures grew in popularity and the 1983 adventure was the biggest adventure to date with 599 boys and one Australian girl.

Dates: 27/12/1981 – 7/1/1982
Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R90


Who may participate

Scout Patrols where all Scouts are over the age of 15 (barring very exceptional circumstances) but not yet turned 18 at the start of the Adventure, qualify to enter. Scouter Patrols where all adults are over the age of 18 are welcome to enter too. 

Adventure History

The Heritage Team have posted some interesting facts on previous Adventures. Click here for a trip into the past.