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Operation Bald Eagle 2023

Between: 13th October 2023 - 15th October 2023 Location: Rhydd Covert Scout Campsite Sections: Scouts
Operation Bald Eagle

2023 Update

This year we had over 60 teams from 34 different Scout troops across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, a total of 330 Scouts!

  • Friday night challenge winner – 1st Colwall
  • Saturday day base challenge – 16th Wyre Forest
  • Saturday night base challenge – 16th Worcester

The Overall winner was 16th Worcester “California Girls & Boys” Patrol

Congratulations 1st Colwall, 16th Wyre Forest and 16th Worcester and well done to every troop that took part.

Thank you also to the 175 adult volunteers present that supported the weekend.

What is OBE?

OBE is team challenge event with hiking and activity bases and is in 3 parts:

  • The Friday Night Challenge (full of surprises!)
  • The Day Challenge (multiple activity bases)
  • The Night Hike (around 8 miles interspersed with challenge & food bases)

Taking part in each activity is important, but the key to being successful rests with those who show good teamwork!

Points are awarded in each part of the competition. The OBE Eagle Trophy is awarded to the team gaining the most marks. Certificates are also presented to the teams winning individual areas of the event.

Conditions of Entry

  • Open to all Scout Troops in Hereford & Worcester and Gloucestershire
  • Each team can have between 4 and 6 scouts
  • Troops can enter multiple teams
  • Cost (2023): £32 per scout (plus your own Troop food and transport costs)
 How to apply
  • entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis
  • full payment must be made by BACS or card at the time of application (Account Name: Hereford & Worcester Scouts; Sort Code: 40-52- 40;  Account No: 00011136)
  • we are unable to process applications received before 5th June or submitted without payment

The organisers wish to remind everyone that this is a very popular event and places usually get booked up very quickly – don’t delay in applying

Risk Assessment for campsite

Please use this when planning your attendance: Risk Assessment 2023

We look forward to seeing you in October!

The OBE Event Team

If you require any help, please contact at

Rhydd Covert Scout Campsite

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls