The Macc Hike was originally set up as an event for scouts and explorers to practice their expedition skills in preparation for the Cheshire Hike. Over the years, the Macc Hike has evolved into an event in its own right, where Scouts practice their Expedition Skills and Explorers support the younger section, passing on their knowledge and skills. It normally runs in early March. For those teams going on to the Cheshire Hike, this event is normally during the Easter Holidays and we schedule the Macc Hike 3 weeks before the Cheshire Hike.
Scouts, in teams of 2, have to plan their routes, walk them over two days, carrying their equipment, tent and food. They pass through various check points and their progress is monitored along the route. Chase teams and mobile units support are a key part of this support.
Overnight camp is normally on a recognised Scout Campsite
Scouts will need to train in all the skills required to complete the hike and we recognised the differing skill levels by running novice and advanced routes depending on whether teams have taken part in previous Macc Hikes.
Scouts will need to attend a compulsory safety briefing the Sunday evening before the Macc Hike the following week. This briefing will be held at a local Scout Hut which will be the same location that the hike starts. At this briefing, the first day’s hike will be plotted and teams will be issued with their team numbers and start times.
On the Saturday of the hike, teams will be expected to arrive 30 mins before their start time. They will have their kit checked and weighed, maps double checked and that their rucksacks are fitted comfortably.
On the Sunday, teams can be picked up from the finishing point, again a local scout hut. The final teams will be in no later than 16:00.PDF Download
Macc Hike Expedition ManualPDF Download
Macc Hike Scout Leaders Information 2023PDF Download
Macc Hike Scout Information sheet and entry form 2023
Macc Hike 2023
“Wasn’t Macc hike 2023 just incredible?”
Mike Brown shared his thoughts and thanks to everyone helping over the Macc Hike Weekend
“I’m so proud of everything that the young people achieved and learned about themselves. This, and everything else we do in scouting would not have been possible without our volunteers, each playing their part to make fun, safe adventure happen. THANK YOU to each and every one of you”
Steve Richmond, District Programme Support Lead Volunteer, also added his thanks as well
“Thanks to everybody that has helped organise and run the hike. We had 100 youngsters out on the hike and nearly as many leaders and adult helping running checkpoints, camps, etc.
Thank you, we would not have a hike without all the participants and helpers.”