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Zodiac Award

We currently have 30 Scouts taking part in the Zodiac Award. The purpose of the Zodiac Award is to encourage outdoor nights away experiences including camping, bivouacs, and expeditions in different – and sometimes unusual – environments at different times of the year.  It encourages and challenges Scout Troops, and Explorer Scout and Scout Network Units to camp more frequently in unfamiliar environments and for different durations.

There are four awards – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum – that each require a different number of night’s away experiences. Each experience must include at least one Zodiac Award Challenge.

The leaders who run the Zodiac Award are Fiona & Fraser. They can be contacted by emailing dmainszodiac@gmail.com

Zodiac Award Bronze

Complete 6 Nights Away under canvas, bivouac or bothy

The nights away must cover four different seasons – spring, summer, autumn & winter

The nights away must feature 6 of the 30 Zodiac Award Challenges

Zodiac Award Silver

Hold the Zodiac Bronze Award 

Complete 8 additional Nights Away under canvas, bivouac or expedition

The nights away must be in eight unique months.  Camps of a longer duration that include more than one month can count 

The nights away must feature 8 of the 30 Zodiac Award Challenges (not including those (6) featured in the Bronze Award)

Zodiac Award Gold 

Hold the Zodiac Silver Award 

Complete 12 additional Nights Away under canvas, bivouac or expedition 

The nights away must be in twelve unique months.  Camps of a longer duration that include more than one month can count 

The nights away must feature 12 of the 30 Zodiac Award Challenges (not including those (14) featured in the Bronze and Silver Awards)

Challenges

  1. In a lightweight tent
  2. In a hammock
  3. In a patrol tent    
  4. In a bivouac    
  5. At one of the National Activity Centres (Fordell Firs, Meggernie or Lochgoilhead)
  6. With another Troop or Unit    
  7. At a District organised event    
  8. At a District or Regional Campsite out with your own District    
  9. On a beach/waterside    
  10. For 3 consecutive nights    
  11. In a bothy    
  12. In a forest or woodland    
  13. In an unusual tent (German jurte, tipi etc)    
  14. On a sports field, pitch or park    
  15. At a peer-led camp    
  16. At an “event” out with your own District    
  17. As part of a competitive camp    
  18. As part of an expedition    
  19. As part of a training experience    
  20. As part of a campsite or community service project
  21. For 7 consecutive nights    
  22. With at least 40 other people    
  23. On or above water    
  24. Under sail    
  25. On an island (UK as an island doesn’t count!)    
  26. At a greenfield camp    
  27. With overseas Scouts    
  28. In a place you wouldn’t normally expect to camp    
  29. At least 6ft above ground    
  30. In sub – zero freezing temperatures