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: 28/12/1978 – 8/1/1979
Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R55

A special feature of the Witzenberg Adventures was a 2½ day Kloofing trip down the Visgat Gorge and Olifants River on lilos.

Dates: 28/12/1976 – 8/1/1977
Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R40

During 1976 Adventure, a violent storm turned the rivers into raging torrents of water, which became un-crossable. The adventure came to a stand still for a few days till the water subsided and movement was again possible. In spite of this the Scouts met the challenge and enjoyed the adventure of being marooned and living off emergency rations.

Dates: 28/12/1973 – 8/1/1974
Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R30
Camping HQ: Driehoek

The Cederberg became a ‘Wilderness Area” and Scouting was no longer able to have “activity centres” at the same site for more than 24 hours due to the new Forestry rules so we moved to the Great Winterhoek for the 1976 Adventure.

A 16mm film of this Adventure, edited by Colin has been digitised and is  archived at the Western Cape Heritage Centre.

Dates: 29/12/1970 – 9/1/1971
Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R25
Base Camp: Driehoek.

There were 9 itineraries to choose from or you could propose your own route

The precursor to the National Senior Scout Adventure was the Cape Western Division's Experimental Hike for older Scouts.

Dates: 12/12/1969 – 16/12/1969
Convenor: Richard Goldschmidt
Co-Convener: Colin Inglis
Cost: R6

Base Camp: Sanddrif

A rudimentary, no sound 16mm film of this 'hike' has been digitised and is archived at the Western Cape Heritage Centre.

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.