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Saturday, 18 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: The feeling of school's out and Apex is here!

For weeks you've been counting down to the biggest weekend in the Scouting year but it still feels ages away.

Then you get to the last Friday of school and lessons seem to drag ON and ON and ON till finally the day's over and you can set off.

And when you finally arrive, your tent's up and you can enjoy the fact that you've got three days of Apex fun to enjoy.

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Friday, 17 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: ITV's Jon Mitchell doing the weather

If you're spending three days in a field, you're going to want to know if it'll be sunny or not.

When Apex needs a weather forecast they get it from a genuine expert - ITV forecaster Jon Mitchell - who's now become an Apex legend.

Each event he films a special update so you know if you need to be swapping your shorts for waterproofs.

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Full results instantly to take away

There's no waiting days or weeks to get the full results from Apex - it's instant. You get it all right there, at the weekend.

The scores update live on the website right through the weekend and before you leave on the Sunday you get a full personalised printout for your team with your own photo and map of everything you've done.

Once you've done a few Apex competitions they're a great record of what you did to keep forever.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Inflatables aren't just child's play

If you thought inflatables were just child's play, think again.

Apex usually starts with a giant inflatable assault course, but this is no bouncy castle. Who knew getting across with a rucksack could be such a challenge?!

By the end of the weekend you'll be experts at going both ways across it as you start and finish each part of your challenge!

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Time out on Saturday night

Three days would be a long time be doing tough activities non-stop and Saturday night is your chance for time out to relax.

You will have just been out with your team for six hours tackling as many challenges as you can to earn Apex points and you will have certainly earned some time out.

There's music, food and around 400 people to get the party started!

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Monday, 13 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: The big group photo

There are always tons of photos of all the best of the Apex action but there is one photo that you are guaranteed to find yourself in.

Before the end of the event, everyone gets together for the big group photo, usually with the camera up really high.

THIS is definitely the one picture you want to find yourself in, get tagged in and share with all your friends.

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Sunday, 12 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: That 'You and Me' song

One of the great things about Apex is plenty of music throughout the weekend. It's mostly loads of big tunes from the chart but there's one song that pops up again and again.

Somewhere in the playlist you're bound to hear 'You and Me' by Uniting Nations. It's pretty old now. It was released in 2004 but it's become a bit of an Apex tradition.

You might never hear it anywhere else but you know you're at Apex when you hear it. And it's pretty good tune!

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Saturday, 11 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Always reaching new heights

It's not compulsory to have a head for heights to tackle the Apex Challenge but it definitely helps with some of our most adventurous events.

Whether it's climbing, abseiling, or getting across a massive purpose built mountain to just start the event, we've made sure our teams climb to the top of all sorts of different places.

And when people say don't look down - don't believe them ... it's a great view!

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Friday, 10 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: The famous Apex obstacles

You've come across obstacles elsewhere, but surely none compare to the famous Apex obstacles that always make an appearance at our events.

There's the smoke-filled tent, the tunnel of doom, the barbed wire run and of course the barrel squeeze.

You're pretty much guaranteed to find yourself tackling them all at some point so get practising.

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Really random but really fun activities

When you think about Apex you probably start off by thinking about the big activities like climbing, axe throwing or abseiling, but that's just half the story.

It's really great when you arrive at an activity and find something so random you've never seen anything like it before, and you laugh so hard trying to tackle it.

There are always some surprises hiding around the playing area so check every corner of the event map to make sure you don't miss any!

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: All the best music through the weekend

What's THE song of the summer? You know - the one you've been streaming most days. Chances are it'll be the soundtrack to Apex too.

We've got some pretty big speakers and your favourite songs sound pretty good when they're coming through them.

It wouldn't be Apex without plenty of music.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: It's three days of non-stop action

Some events last just a few hours, some a full day but with Apex you get three days of action.

From arriving on Friday night, all the way through Saturday and carrying on into Sunday, there's so much to do in what will be an unforgettable weekend.

But don't worry if that sounds pretty tiring - there's plenty of time to take a break in between the action.

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Monday, 6 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Finding the best camping spot for your tent

It is up to you where you pitch your team's tent for the weekend, so make sure you take the time to pick the best camping spot.

You might want to be right next the other teams from your Scout group, or you might want to go it alone and pitch up on the far side of the field.

Arrive early and you will have the pick of the field - make sure you get a good place!

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Sunday, 5 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Getting a starring role in the Apex film

Make sure you keep an eye out for the film crew who will be following you around Apex all weekend. That way you can be sure you'll have a starring role in the Apex film.

The cameras aim to capture all the action from the dozens of activities you will be tackling all weekend so you can watch it again and again afterwards. You WILL feature in it somewhere!

Get a first look at the film at the results presentation on Sunday, then you can buy a copy on DVD and watch it online afterwards where you can share it with all your mates.

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Saturday, 4 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Selfies with your new Apex friends

As soon as you arrive at Apex you're in the middle of a crowd of literally HUNDREDS of Scouts from all over the country. Some you recognise from previous events but most you've never met before.

There's tons of time to get to know people from the other teams. Before you know it, you feel like you've known them forever and you're all getting selfies to tag and share.

Meeting so many other people is definitely one of the best things about the Apex Challenge.

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Friday, 3 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Seeing the marquee lit up as you arrive

Maybe you've been on the road for a few hours heading to Apex. The minibus ride feels like it's taken FOREVER. It's been dark for ages and suddenly it's there - in the distance at the side of the road - the Apex marquee.

How can you tell it's the Event Centre? Probably because it's lit up like Blackpool Illuminations with lights flashing and the music playing. It LOOKS and it SOUNDS like Apex and you know the waiting is finally over!

Especially when you see it after dark, the glow of the lights make it look so inviting. You can't wait for the minibus to park up and to get on with your weekend of Apex fun.

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Escaping the Apex chasers

Nothing beats that feeling of catching a glimpse of one of the Apex Chasers out of the corner of your eye and sprinting as fast as you can and managing to get away from them before they steal your hard earned Apex points.

You'll most often find the chasers during the night-time stages of the event. If they catch you, you lose 25 points, which is equivalent to half the points you get for completing one activity. It's a penalty you just don't need.

They might have a good go at running, but some teams do manage to dodge them and hang onto their points. Priceless!

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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

31 Things About Apex: Really adventurous activities

Every Apex is different, but there are some activities that are pretty much ALWAYS there and we wouldn't want it any other way.

If there are crags you'll be rock climbing or abseiling, or maybe both. Perhaps a spot of weaselling too. If there's water, chances are you'll be out on a boat in the middle of it. You'll probably find yourself hurtling around doing some extreme mountain biking and there's often some rifle shooting, archery and even pistol shooting to show off your target-hitting skills as well.

You never know what you're going to find during the weekend, but a quick look at the map and you can often have a pretty good guess and these big hitting A-list activities are always winners and not to be missed.

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31 Things About Apex

There are now just a few weeks left until this year's Apex Challenge when the event returns to Bramham Park in West Yorkshire. Throughout August we are going to be looking back at some of the best bits of our competitions as we celebrate "31 Things About Apex".

It's all about those things that make Apex ... well ... Apex! And they are all really great reasons to make sure you join us from 5-7 October this year for our next event which, we promise, is one you don't want to miss.

So read on, get your team ready and enter online now ... the adventure ... starts ... HERE!

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