Mountain Rescue Experience Day 9th September 2018

BSARU 'bares all' again for our annual fund raising event at the Watch Water reservoir in the beautiful Lammermuirs - with our new Young Person's Challenge.

Mountain Rescue Experience Day 9th September 2018

MR Experience Day

Border Search And Rescue Unit’s Mountain Rescue Experience Day is a chance to meet the team, find out about what we do and take part in the Watchwater Rescuer Challenge. All monies raised will go towards supporting the team in providing a free emergency service to all hillwalkers and members of the local community who need it.

The Day will be based at the Watchwater Reservoir, near Longformacus, in the beautiful Lammermuir Hills. See here for a location map.

The Watchwater Search & Rescue Challenge

This Challenge is suitable for people of all ages and will take place along a 10-kilometre (6-mile) route in the Lammermuirs’ rolling hills. Along the walk BSARU team members will help you to complete Challenge activities, such as map and compass skills, first aid, knot tying and radio communications.

All participants who have entered by raising sponsorship will receive a free Activity Booklet for the route. This booklet will be available to purchase for £2 on the day. Everyone who completes the Challenge will receive a certificate.

The 10-kilometre route has 250 metres of ascent and, with all the activities, should take between 4 and 6 hours to complete.

MR Experience Day in the Lammermuirs

Calling All Scouts, Guides, Brownies and Cubs!


The activities of the Challenge will count towards the following badges:


  • Hill Walker Activity Badge
  • Orienteer Activity Badge


  • Active Response
  • First Aid


  • Map Reader
  • Outdoor Challenge


  • First Aid
  • First Aid Advanced
  • Out and About

All our activities comply with Scout Association regulations and have been approved by the District Commissioner and Regional Hillwalking Assessor.

How Much Does it Cost to Take Part?

It is £15 to enter as an individual, £25 as a family and £5 for a youth group member (such as a cub, guide, brownie or scout). Entry is free to any individual who raises over £30 in sponsorship, any family raising over £50 and any youth group member raising over £10. Anyone entering through raising sponsorship will receive a free Activity Booklet.

Sponsorship forms can be found here.

How Do I Sign Up to Take Part?

To come and join us at the Experience Day, fill in the application form here or download the paper application form below.

What Do I Need to Bring with Me?

Everyone should have:

  • Waterpoof jacket and trousers (which hopefully you won’t need!)
  • Walking boots or shoes
  • Warm clothing (including hat and gloves, and spare layers)
  • Ample food and drink (including high energy snacks)

Every group should have:

  • A map of the route (click here for a printable version)
  • A compass
  • Whistle
  • Mobile phone

Start Times

We will aim to start you off in small groups between 9.30am and 10.30am. 

Want to know more about the event? You can get in touch through our Contact Form!

Some comments from last year's event:

"a VERY brilliant day out! Thank you"

"great day out"

"friendly and informative team"

"great to get out in area I don't know well"

"all aspects made for a wonderful event"

Download Posters and Flyers Here:

Download File: BSARU MRE Day 2018.gpx.xml

Download File: MRED 2018 Youth Group Flyer.pdf

Download File: MRED Route 2018 25k.jpg

Download File: Sponsor Form 2018.pdf

Download File: Application Form 2018.pdf

Download File: MRED 2018 Poster.pdf


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