Congratulations! You've signed up and now its time to prepare for the Great Step Forward on 20th July. We're really excited that you'll be joining us and we're grateful that you've agreed to fundraise for this special day at Gilwell Park. Here, we'll explore all the exciting steps you can take to make sure you're ready to meet your targets and have a great day.

How to Fundraise

The minimum fundraising amount for the Great Step Forward is £250 per participant which might sound more difficult to raise for some participants than others. Whether your target is to raise £250 or £1000, we have some great advice available so you can start early and smash your target in 5 simple steps. 

The first step is to set up your GoFundMe page! GoFundMe are our fundraising partner and by setting up a crowdfunding page, you can share your fundraising goal quickly and easily.  GoFundMe have put together some advice on how to set up your page and make it successful. Follow this link to read more. 

The second step is to plan your fundraising activities. The best way to secure donations is to plan ahead and fundraise in lots of different ways. If you can show your supporters that you're on your way to reaching your goal then your energy will inspire more donations. If you're unsure where to start take a look at our A-Z of fundraising ideas.

The third Step is don't be afraid to ask! Talk to lots of people about all the great work the Scouts do and why it means so much to young people. Your donations fund all the things we do like employing growth and development officers who reach out to communities in the most deprived areas of the UK. £25 could cover the cost of a taster session, introducing a community to Scouting skills like: teamwork, navigation, first aid, and countless more. Click here to read our strategy or read some inspiring stories.

The fourth step is to thank your donors and update supporters on your journey. People love to feel appreciated and you can also use 'thank yous' to inspire more donations. If you're creative consider hand-making something or writing a handwritten message to each of your supporters and encourage donors to share their experience with others who can help. In GoFundMe's advice you can read how to post updates and share your journey.

The fifth step is to have lots of fun on the day of the event! Show people what you've achieved and you may well get a few more donations. 

How to Train for the Event

Even though the event is a walk, 25 miles is quite a feat to hike and we want to make sure you're prepared for the day. The trick is to build up the amount of miles you walk slowly before the event to train and prepare your body. Experts recommend walking 15 miles per week to prepare for this distance but everyone is different and its important to follow the best plan that works for you. Here's a training breakdown that could help you.

Weeks 1–4
Goal – To complete one endurance walk per week of 8-11 miles Aim to walk 4-6 miles 3 days per week with a fourth walk progressing up to 8-11 miles. The day following your longer walk, ensure a lighter exercise session is completed eg. comfortable walking (approx. 30 mins). Ensure at least one rest day is included during your week. During shorter walks, aim to achieve 65-80% of your maximum heart rate (maximum heart rate = 220-age). When completing the longer walk, intensity can be lowered.
Weeks 5–8
Goal – To complete one endurance walk per week of 11-14 miles Aim to walk 6-8 miles 3 days per week with the fourth walk progressing up to 11-14 miles. The day following your longer walk, ensure a lighter exercise session is completed eg. Comfortable walking (approx. 30 mins). Ensure at least one rest day is included during your week. During shorter walks, aim to achieve 65-80% of your maximum heart rate (maximum heart rate = 220-age). When completing the longer walk, intensity can be lowered.
Weeks 9–12
Goal – To complete one endurance walk per week of 14-17 miles Aim to walk 8-10 miles 3 days per week with the fourth walk progressing up to 14-17 miles. The day following your longer walk, ensure a lighter exercise session is completed eg. Comfortable walking (approx. 30 mins). Ensure at least one rest day is included during your week. During shorter walks, aim to achieve 65-80% of your maximum heart rate (maximum heart rate = 220-age).  When completing the longer walk, intensity can be lowered.
Week 13+
Goal – To complete one endurance walk per week of 17-20 miles Aim to walk 10-12 miles 3 days per week with the fourth walk progressing up to 17-20 miles. The day following your longer walk, ensure a lighter exercise session is completed eg. Comfortable walking (approx. 30 mins). Ensure at least one rest day is included during your week. During shorter walks, aim to achieve 65-80% of your maximum heart rate (maximum heart rate = 220-age). When completing the longer walk, intensity can be lowered.

Please remember to fully hydrate yourself throughout your training walks and also ensure your fuel stores are full before a walk and that you are fully replacing them after your walk.