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Friday, 2 October 2020

Apex will be back

This isn’t how this weekend should have been. Hundreds of us should be running round the Bramham Park estate, completing as many activities as we can, cramming together in a marquee filled with music and flashing lights and sleeping under the stars in our tents. And right now there’s nowhere else we would rather be than there.

It feels really strange getting to the start of October and not being at the Apex Challenge. It’s a big part of our year and we know it’s the same for so many of you.

It’s still really hard for us to plan for the future. None of us know what’s going to happen with coronavirus, but we are determined that when it’s safe to do so, Apex will be back.

Our 2021 event is due to take place from 1-3 October at Bramham Park in West Yorkshire. We really hope by then that everything can go ahead as planned and we really hope that as many of you as possible can be there.


We are all still living with some form of restrictions. We know some of you are living in areas with even tighter rules than others. Wherever you are, keep in touch with your Scout groups in whatever ways you can over the next few months, stay safe and look after yourselves.

Apex will return.

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Sunday, 12 July 2020

Look back at our 2019 event with our annual report

Like any other charity we have to publish an annual report each year where we add up what we've spent, explain what we did with the money and give an idea what we have planned for the next 12 months.

And so here it is - the Apex Challenge annual report for 2019.

It reviews what we did to plan for what turned out to be our muddiest ever event and looks ahead to the brilliant event we were planning for the autumn of 2020.

At the time we began writing this report, how different the world looked. We were hoping to be getting together again in October at Bramham Park. And then coronavirus happened.

So it's strange to be publishing this report now when it all feels so out of date, talking about an event that seems a lifetime ago.

What hasn't changed is our determination to bring the Apex Challenge back for us all to enjoy once all this is over. It's just now clear that won't be in 2020, but 2021 instead.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

We are sorry to announce the cancellation of our 2020 event

We are really sorry to announce our decision not to go ahead with the 2020 Apex Challenge in October as planned.

We have been closely monitoring government health and safety advice concerning the coronavirus pandemic, and had been getting things ready for teams to sign up from later this month.

Public health is of paramount importance to us, particularly the wellbeing of everyone who takes part in the Apex Challenge and all our volunteers. It is now clear that for this reason we cannot go ahead with the event.

Scout groups are still unable to meet in person, so it would be very difficult for many to get their teams together. And it would be too hard for us to commit money to booking all the things we need to stage the event without knowing if social distancing restrictions will lift enough to allow the weekend to go ahead safely.

We had really hoped that Apex would be something for us all to look forward to in these difficult times. Hopefully it still can be, even though we will now have to wait a little bit longer to enjoy getting together once again.

Our next Apex Challenge event will now take place on the 1-3 October 2021 at Bramham Park near Leeds. Get the dates in your calendar now and we’ll look forward to seeing you next year!

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