Exmoor Rotary Club

Rotary Exmoor: Youth Challenge

This Challenge has become a very popular event over the last few years - over 100 teams of young people take part, some from over 100 miles away!

Next Challenge 2021: Saturday June 26

Results of 2019 Challenge - here

# We are making plans to allow the Challenge to go ahead on Saturday June 26th - although legal restrictions should have been lifted well before then, we are obviously in the hands of whatever we are told to do by the government. We have built in a number of requirements to keep everyone covid-19 safe. #


"Covid 19 Although all legal restrictions are expected to be lifted before the event, we believe we still need to apply the Covid protocols of Face, Hands and Space. We are, therefore, asking that teachers, parents, and other supporters not to gather at the school or on the course and avoid contact with competitors, at all times, during the event. All competitors will wear face masks in the presence of adults and will be asked to ‘self-service’ when clocking in and refilling water bottles at checkpoints. Regular cleaning routines will also be adopted at checkpoints and on transport used to carry retired competitors back to the school. When anyone makes any contact with event staff at any time, they are requested to wear a face mask and observe social distancing where possible. Simplified procedures will be used at the start and finish to follow these principles."

CHANGES IN ENTRY PROCEDURES FROM 2014: To make the process fairer, particularly to smaller schools and other youth organisations, this will no longer be 'first come, first served'. All entries will need to be in by 25th January and it is only at this stage that we will allocate the places.

ELECTRONIC TIMING: Again this year we have a system of electronic timing for each leg of the walk. Each team will carry a memory chip which will need to be inserted into a small machine at each checkpoint - it is up to the team leader to make sure this happens at the appropriate time! At the end the chip is handed in and the information downloaded to a computer for processing. Details of the system and a short video are given in a download below.

SPONSORSHIP: Plase make cheques payable to 'Rotary Club of Exmoor' - this means we can make a formal presentation to Children's Hospice South West which gives good publicity to them and also to our event.

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Exmoor Search & RescueThere are 4 people in a team, and they have to follow a 16 mile route which is not marked - so following instructions, map-reading, and compass skills are essential. There are a series of check-points along the route and each leg has to be done in a pre-determined time - points are deducted if teams arrive too early or too late, and those who get very tired and lag too much are pulled out of the challenge. Only those who successfully complete the event are presented with a medal.

Exmoor Radio ClubSafety is paramount in having over 600 children spread across a desolate area of moorland - check points are kept in radio-contact with the control room by Exmoor Radio Club, many of our club members are supplemented by those from Tiverton and Exe Valley Rotary Clubs as well as non-Rotarians, and we are grateful for the services of the Exmoor Rangers, Exmoor Search & Rescue, and St John Ambulance.


2021: Juniors must be over 10 and under 14 years on 1 Sept 2020; Seniors must  be under 17 years on 1 Sept 2020. You can download information in Acrobat PDF format here: (Note there could be some minor changes at a later date).

Contact Team Entries Organiser: youth-challenge@exmoor-rotary.org.uk

General Information 2021 RYC 02

Entry Form 2021 RYC 03

Principles of Challenge 2021 RYC 25

Sponsorship Form 2021

Notes for Competitors 2021 RYC 06

Electronic Timing 2021 RYC 27

Note to Supporters 2021 RYC 10 EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS - Covid precautions!

Electronic Timing - short video

Equipment List 2021 RYC 35

Child Protection Policy 2021 RYC 13

Advice on Training 2021 RYC 28

Risk Assesment 2021 RYC 12

ROUTE Junior/Senior 2021 RYC 08 NB Changed!

Tick Bites Leaflet

Team Names Sheet 2021 RYC07

Notes for helpers2021 RYC15

Letter from the Children's Hospice SW 2021

A remarkable map is available on line showing Devon paths in amazing detail - try zooming in!

Exmoor - Moorland

Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership have produced a special Moorland Classroom pack for the Challenge.

"We are so grateful for the promotion of the free resource. We have now engaged with over 4000 children and again I think the work of the Exmoor Challenge is amazing."

Natinal Lotery & Exmoor National Park

Archive Pictures from earlier events.