FAQ

As a leader can I register the whole group?

No each individual needs to register on the shirehike themselves to get a unique Shirehike ID. However once registered you can submit one set of evidence for the whole group by including each Shirehike ID in the evidence submission

How do I register multiple members of the same household?

Each member will require their own account to participate in Shirehike. You may create multiple accounts using the same email address. However if you do this you must then log in using only the user names created not your email address. And don’t forget to validate your accounts once created by using the link sent to you by email. This may go into your spam folder so please make sure you check in there.

Can siblings who are not members of scouting take part?

Unfortunatly only young people and adults who are a registered member of a group, district or county team in the participating counties can register and recieve the badges.

Where do I find the routes?

You need to register for Shirehike first here. Once you are logged in you will have access to the routes list and be able to download the maps for them

Why are there no routes in my district?

We are in the process of adding new routes and all initial routes will be online by the start of the event on 5th Dec. We also encourage you to submit your own routes of between 4 and 10 miles, you should include a map and a description of sights you will see along the way. Please send to the relevant person for each county. See the What is Shirehike? page for details of where to send routes

Can any route count towards Shirehike?

Only routes which have been approved and are listed on the shirehike website can count towards shirehike. If you have a route in mind that you would like to do you can submit it for approval and if approved then you can count it towards shirehike. However please note this may take some time for it to become active on the website so we suggest you submit in plenty of time before your walk. See the What is Shirehike? page for details on submitting routes.

Do Shirehike walks count as Hikes Away?

Yes they do. As a guide we recommend the following

1 Star Routes and above count as a hike away for Beavers

2 Star Routes and above count as a hike away for Cubs and Scouts

3 Star Routes count as a hike away for Explorers

As a leader how do I know how many hikes away to award the young people in my section?

At the end of shirehike we aim to send a report out to GSL’s to let them know how many routes young people in their group have completed. (This relies on the young person selecting the correct group on registration). However if you want to update your records sooner you can ask your young people to send you their Shirehike ID which you can then lookup how many routes that ID has completed here: https://shirehike.shirejam.org.uk/hikelookup you will need to be logged in to view this page and no personal information will be displayed you will only get the number of 1, 2 and 3 star routes completed.

How long will badges take to arrive?

Once you have completed a badge please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. You can check to see if your badges has been posted yet on the badges page. Please note that due to delays with Royal Mail currently badges posted on the same day may arrive at different times.

Are the badges Free?

Yes the badges are free and will be automatically sent out once earned

Where do I put the badges?

This depends on which county you are in as the county team sets the rules on occasional badges. We have been informed of the rules in the following counties. If your county is not on the list please contact your county team for clarification

Hereford & Worcester: Members can wear one of / or the most recent of the shirejam programme badges issued from March 2020 to March 2021 until September 2021. Therefore, members can wear either “ShireHike Bronze, Silver or Gold” or “Shirejam Shire-powwow” or “Shirejam Beaver Sleepover” on their uniform. Once finished please sew them on to your badge blanket ready to show off around your next campfire.

Birmingham: Shirehike badges can be worn as an occasional badge on uniform (left hand breast) for up to 6 months past the close of shirehike

Coventry: Shirehike badges can be worn as an occasional badge on uniform (left hand breast) up to and including 30th Sep 2021

Shropshire: Shirehike badges can be worn as an occasional badge on uniform (left hand breast) up to and including 30th Sep 2021

Gloucestershire: Shirehike badges can be worn as an occasional badge on uniform (left hand breast) for up to 6 months past the close of shirehike

Where is my Buff order?

Buffs will be shipped by 2nd class post. Please allow up to 5 working days from the day of your dispatch email for delivery.

How do I opt out of having my photo used for media purposes?

If possible the simplest thing is not to appear in any photos. We only require that most of the group are visible in your evidence photos so it is fine if there is a member of your group who can’t appear in photos on social media not to be in the photo. However if you do appear in any photos that are submitted as evidence please email your Shirehike ID to info@shirehike.shirejam.org.uk to request opting out of your photo being used and we will do our very best to identify any photos tagged with your Shirehike ID and not use them.

I have uploaded evidence but the route is not showing as completed and I have not gained my stars.

If you upload enough evidence the route should show as completed straight away and you will have gained your stars. You can check the photo submitted count in the routes list to see how many photos have been uploaded. If you are struggling to upload several photos at once please try and upload them individually. If you are still struggling please email your Shirehike ID and the name of the route you completed to info@shirehike.shirejam.org.uk and we will investigate for you.

Will the Shirehike deadline be extended because of the new lockdown?

As you can imagine this has been a very big project to organise amongst all of the scouting counties and trying to make it work for everyone. Unfortunatly at this time we will not be extending the project as the majority of the main project team are moving onto the next event. Please keep an eye out for more events in the future. If you don’t have any ‘local’ walks from the shirehike list please feel free to submit your own walks for consideration to add to the list so that you can still gain stars. Details of how to do this are on the What is Shirehike? page

Who do I contact if I have a question that is not answered above?

Please send all questions to info@shirehike.shirejam.org.uk