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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Wish you were here? More event details released

Can you picture yourself dangling off this massive cliff, desperately hunting for your crucial Apex Challenge punch? Well this is just one of the many brand new locations where the activities will be taking place at the biggest and toughest ever Apex Challenge.
Full details have now been revealed about about this massive national multi-activity competition, taking place in the Peak District in October.

The Apex Challenge website is now packed with pre-event information including detailed directions, kit lists and consent forms. The advice is to start sorting your teams now, so you are ready to enter when the entry form goes live next month. Remember, last year's event sold out in just a couple of hours.

Members of the Apex Challenge team have spent today out in the playing area, planning where all the activity bases and control points are going to go. From dramatic ravines, to stunning rocky outcrops, woodlands and open moorland, this area has it all.

One of the most dramatic spots is this disused quarry where the huge crags tower above a ominous looking pool - plenty of potential here for an unforgettable Apex Challenge activity base!

Remember, now is the time to get your mates together and your teams sorted. The entry forms go live on the Apex Challenge website on August 18th at 10am.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Intense weather halts Apex Intense

This weekend's Synergise event at Hesley Wood has been postponed after the county Scout campsite was deemed too waterlogged for the event to go ahead.

It means the Apex Intense competition, which was due to take place on both the Saturday and Sunday will no longer be happening.

The Synergise organisers say they were left with no option but to postpone the event due to the serious safety and logistical implications. One member of the committee said it was the worst he'd ever seen the site looking, and it simply wouldn't be possible to hold such a big event there in these conditions.

The announcement came on the same day that the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate was cancelled, and just days after the national Cliffhanger event in Sheffield was also called off due to the weather.

The county team is now gathering to look at other potential dates in September, or the event may be delayed until next year. Further details are available on the South Yorkshire Scouts website.

Meanwhile the Apex Challenge team will be using the weekend to carry on planning the huge landmark Apex Challenge event taking place in the Peak District in October to mark the competition's tenth anniversary. More details will be available in the next few weeks.

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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Apex celebrated at national awards

The use of technology at the Apex Challenge has been celebrated at a major national awards ceremony. Members of the organising team were invited to London for the Technology4Good awards, hosted by broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, which celebrated how a range of organisations use technology for the good of others.

More than 200 entries were received for the 2012 awards and the Apex Challenge was nominated alongside three others in the innovation category. Judges were impressed by our use of technology at outdoor events as a way of encouraging more young people to take part in the adventure competitions.

The winning entry in the innovation category was ActionAid, which does some amazing work with children in Africa and communities that have been devastated by natural disasters.

To be nominated alongside such an organisation, and the others in our category was a huge honour and great recognition of how we have always tried to make the Apex Challenge stand out from other similar events. Coming in our tenth anniversary year also made it even more special.

Spending the day in London was a great opportunity to hear about the good work carried out by other organisations and to tell people about what we do. We met some really interesting people and made great use of the huge chocolate fountain that was laid on!

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