Since we can’t all take part in a fundraising event together we’re launching a virtual walk/run/cycle tour of Scotland – visiting all of our favourite summer camp locations! Join us!

We are trying to fundraise £250,000 so that our outdoor centre, Glengoyne Lodge, which no longer meets the care needs of the young people we support, can be redeveloped. You can find out much more about our appeal here. We’ve just passed a major milestone of 85% raised so far – so with your help through this event we can really smash our target!

This sponsored walk/run/hop/skip/cycle (whatever you like really!) is a chance for you to exercise at your own pace, at a time that suits you, and join us collectively online as we move towards the targets. Through a website or app or syncing with some of the biggest fitness apps like Strava, your individual exercising will be plotted against a map and you’ll move along our shared route!

Find out more below and if you have any questions please get in touch!

When

Our virtual tour of Scotland will launch on 1st July 2020.

The tour will last for a month, so you have 30 days to clock up around 300km of movement – you can run, cycle, walk or a combination. You just post your distances online or link up to one of the available apps and it will do all the hard work for you.

Some people might finish within a few weeks, others might take all month – it isn’t a race, just a challenge to complete the distance in the month.

How it works

Using an app called ‘My Virtual Mission’ we will all join together at the start point – a virtual George Square gathering in the centre of Glasgow!

From there the route will go to our ‘home’ – at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre – that’s the 12 mile mark. We then visit Stirling, Edinburgh, Fife and finish up in the highlands at Meggernie in Glen Lyon.

That’s the virtual route you’ll follow – but you choose where to do your actual exercise – outside round your local area or on the treadmill or whatever. You just log your miles and the app will move you along the virtual route. We’ll explain all the technical bits in much more detail once you’ve signed up (but it’s very straightforward so don’t worry about that bit!)

Fundraising

We have decided not to have any entry fee to participate because we want this to be an inclusive event. However we would like everyone who participates to fundraise for our Glengoyne Lodge appeal and by signing up you agree to raise a minimum of £50 towards the Appeal. 

Once you sign up you will be emailed a guide to set up an online page which you can share with your family, friends and colleagues. Please also remember to check if your employer offers any match funding schemes which could add more to your fundraising total! 

The event itself launches on 1st July so you have a chance to start your fundraising over the next few weeks before the start.

Getting started

All you need to do to get started is fill in the information below and we’ll email you two separate emails with information about the event and fundraising. We’ll send you a further email in a few days with information on how to sign up for the app itself.

Please don’t let the distance put you off – the challenge is to try and complete the full distance, but even if you only manage part of the route you’ll still visit some of our favourite parts of Scotland. The aim is for us all to participate in something collectively whilst raising funds – getting to Meggernie is just the cherry on top!

If you would like to work in a team to complete the distance that is possible too – that way you can share the 300km distance! There is a wee bit more setting up required for this option, so when you sign up can you just tick the box to say you’d like to set up a team, and we’ll be in touch with you to get more details. 

Get in touch at any time if you have any questions!

Questions?

If you have any questions at all please get in touch with us! We are all volunteers so we might not get back to you straight away but you will get a response as soon as possible. We’ll post some questions we’ve been asked here in case the answers are helpful for others…

Can we split the 300km distance between several people or do we have to do it all ourselves?

First thing to say is we’re not taking the actual challenge itself to Olympic standards so you can be as flexible with it as you like! Entering as a team – colleagues or family or whoever is absolutely okay, it’s just a little bit complicated for us to set up so we’ll need to work it out with you directly. When you sign up just tick the box to say you want to create a team and we’ll get back to you. Setting up a teams means you’ll have one icon on the route and your individual efforts will be added together – that way your team will travel along the route and you don’t need to suddenly move 300km in one month! Get in touch if you have any questions about this.

Is there any kind of medal at the end?

Yes! If you finish the full route we’ll send you a special medal, but since Scouts is all about taking part and effort rather than meeting a specific goal we’ll also be sending a medal to everyone who participates to say thanks and well done!

I'm confused, are we actually running to the Highlands

No no no! You’ll do your exercise around your own locality, following government guidance and whatever route / distance you like each day. You’ll log this electronically and the app will transform your mileage into distance on our shared route, and plot you against that map. So you’ll be ‘virtually’ running to the Highlands – just as fun!

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