Hike to the Moon

Hike a mile at home. Make a donation. Take a giant leap to support the people who need it most – Article from Scouts HQ

We’re already helping families across the UK with The Great Indoors. Now, we’ve got a chance to go one step further.

On 23 April, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief are getting together for their Big Day In on Radio and their Big Night In on TV, a massive fundraising special to celebrate the incredible people making a difference in communities across the UK and to support people who need it most during the corona crisis.

We want Scouts to go the extra mile too. Together, young people, volunteers, parents and carers are going to Hike to the Moon. If we all hike just one mile each – about 2,000 steps or 20 minutes walking on the spot – then together, we can complete the incredible 240,000 mile journey. To hit your one mile target, you can hike around your home or your garden (if you’ve got one) but please be safe and stick within government advice – you don’t need to leave your homes to be part of this.  

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How will this help people? We’ll turn our miles into money by getting friends and family to sponsor us to take part and making a donation to this great cause.  

You don’t have to wait for 23 April to hike your miles. Get started now by pulling on your walking boots (or more likely, your slippers), recording your miles and making your donation. It took the Apollo XI crew three days to reach the Moon — let’s see how long it takes Scouts!

We want to make this as accessible and inclusive as possible, so if walking’s a challenge for you, we’ve got some great alternative ways to do your miles below. If you can do more than a mile, that’s great (we might even be able to hike back to Earth again). You don’t have to do your steps all at once – you could record them over a day or a number of days.

Record your miles here

Make a donation

Just like the real Moon landings, there are loads of actions that’ll help us to reach our goal

If hiking’s not for you, why not try out some of the suggestions below or come up with your own?

  • Mission control miles – Act as a mission controller and create paperchains to display (why not add a thank you NHS message?). Just like in a real mission control room, lots of individual parts need to come together to form one whole.
  • Captain’s log – Why not create a captain’s log, ringing your friends and family and asking them to take part? You can then add up all their distances together, crunch the numbers, and log them.
  • Radical rocket – Design a ‘radical rocket’ of the future and show the world your creative talents. Why not record a short vlog to talk through your radical rocket and share it with the world?

Whatever alternative action you decide on, please remember to record your ‘miles’ and make your donation at our Just Giving page. 

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