Ten Tors Challenge

TT Secretary's Notices

Tue 25 Apr 2017 — URGENT REMINDER AND REQUEST FOR YOUR HELP

You may be aware that the MOD and Oxford university are working together to conduct some research on the benefits of Ten Tors.
This involves surveys to be completed by the challengers. Team Managers have the details and previous notices have been issued on this.
BUT WE URGENTLY NEED MORE FOLKS TO BE INTERESTED IN HELPING US CONDUCT THE SURBVEY.

It doesn’t take too much time and the benefits will be so so important.

Therefore please consider helping, by passing on the info and or encouraging our great youngsters to take part.

Currently we have had 74 parents who have given their consent – MANY THANKS. Although this is a good number, it is still just a tiny fraction of all participants, and insufficient for some statistical analyses

All team mangers have received an online link to further information and the parental consent form. I hope they have now passed this along to team members and their parents. Parents and participants should read the information provided carefully. After consent is agreed, they will receive a link to the first online survey. Important note: This survey opens tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8am and will close on Friday (28th). No new participants may join the project after this date!

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Tue 25 Apr 2017 — TEAM MANAGER’S NOTICE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS

The can be found in Forms, cards and notices Team Managers Notice to Parents/Guardians is ready for your completion and for sending to parents/guardians

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Tue 25 Apr 2017 — WELCOME FLYER

Essential information for Team Managers on your Health, Safety and Environmental responsibilities, together with other useful information, is contained in the Welcome Flyer at forms-cards-and-notices

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Tue 25 Apr 2017 — TEN TORS CHALLENGE – PRE-REGISTRATION CLOSES 2359HRS WED 26 APR 17

Only today and tomorrow left to complete the Ten Tors Challenge mandatory Pre-Registration. The tick on the Team List will tell you whether or not it has been done. You risk being withdrawn from the Challenge if it’s not actioned

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Mon 24 Apr 2017 — MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR TEN TORS AFTER HE VISITED TEN TORS TRAINING OVER THE WEEKEND

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Thu 20 Apr 2017 — TEN TORS TRAINING 22 – 23 APRIL 2017

What is effectively the last Ten Tors training weekend sees many teams training on the North Moor. Ideally you will have spread your training both by locations and time but the position of Easter will have encouraged you to stretch legs one final time before the Challenge. We feel sure you will have remembered that you are only allowed 4 days training on the North Moor from 1 Feb 17. Checks are being made.

The pressure on North Dartmoor requires that walking groups care for Dartmoor and are considerate of other users. Please make sure your Establishment Codes are visible, you know your escape routes, you avoid the RBNAs and sheep/cattle/ponies as they are heavily pregnant or have just given birth, and you are polite and chatty with other users you meet.

Team staff must also be considerate particularly with their driving and parking. In the north, please park on Okehampton Camp’s square and not spoiling the views on the open moor. On the West side, use Willsworthy carpark rather than blocking the narrow road to Lane Head. Bagga Tor should also be avoided as the road is similarly narrow and there is only parking for 5 vehicles. On the east side, don’t go to Kes by vehicle unless it is essential. And in the south, remember that we can only use 50% of the car parking spaces. In short, stand-off in the big carparks and only drive on the narrow roads if you have to collect a casualty.

The Website’s Home page has many reminders about training, please look at it one final time for TT 17. The Compliance Monitors will be out in force both to check on you and to give assistance if needed. You have all been particularly good this year, please make this weekend’s training equally good.

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Wed 19 Apr 2017 — Donate for Dartmoor 2017

What is Donate for Donate? Read more about how donations have been spent and the practical work undertaken by volounteers.

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Tue 18 Apr 2017 — TT 17 Photo-Fit Photographs

Photographs of TT17 will be taken again by Photo Fit, who have shown that they have a good understanding of the event and have captured some great pictures of TTC and JC in the past. The photos can be seen on line at: www.photo-fit.net

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Tue 18 Apr 2017 — TT RESEARCH SURVEY

Dear Team Managers,

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SUBJECT AREA FOR TT AND ITS LONGEVITY – THEREFORE IT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT PLEASE

You should all be getting this letter by email along with an attached PDF, in the next 24 hrs. But adding it on this area of the web site is aimed at alerting you to it and the action requested.

I write to you about scientific research that will be undertaken at the Ten Tors Challenge 2017. The research will be led by Dr Emma Cohen, University of Oxford. If you were at the event last year, you may remember the preliminary announcements about the research, and Dr Cohen’s invitation to sign up to hear more about the research and plans.

Attached is a letter from Dr Cohen containing information about the research. Please read this carefully – it provides information on how your teams can take part.

Prior parental/guardian consent is a strict condition for participation in the research programme. Dr Cohen has prepared an online information and consent form for parents/guardians to complete. The letter attached contains a link to this form. If you are happy for your teams to take part, please ensure that you pass this link on to the parents/guardians of your team members. Please note: this must be done by 24th April at the latest in order to give parents and participants sufficient time to give consent and complete the first pre-TT survey.

My chain of command and I are delighted at the prospect we have of working closely with Dr Emma Cohen and Oxford University on this project. HQ SW has built a close working relationship with Dr Cohen over the past two years. We are also satisfied that she has the correct DBS and other relevant clearances.

You and I know that we are responsible for a “life changing” youth development event for so many youngsters but the frustration is that we have not been able to quantify or measure the impact and the effect we actually have year on year. Therefore, this work is a critical step in our quest to understand the effects we achieve through setting the conditions for and then implementing an activity that must be one of the largest youth team bonding, leadership, and physical & mental endurance challenges of its kind in UK. The research will therefore be of enormous value and benefit to the Ten Tors community, now and in the future

Thank you for your help.

Lt Col Peter Bates
SO1 Ten Tors

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Sun 16 Apr 2017 — TEN TORS VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Team Managers, Group Leaders, Volunteer Supporter and military & civilian organisers make a significant contribution to Ten Tors’ success. The Ten Tors Award, introduced in 2010, is presented to those that have supported Ten Tors for these qualifying years of service:-

a. Platinum – 40 years and over

b. Diamond - 30 years and over

c. Gold - 20 years and over

d. Silver - 15 years and over

e. Bronze - 10 years and over

Team Managers should coordinate applications for Heads of Establishment’s signature. The application form is at http://www.tentors.org.uk/training/forms-cards-and-notices in both Word and pdf formats. It should be submitted to the Ten Tors Secretary at Ten Tors, Wyvern Barracks, Barrack Road, EXETER EX2 6AR or e mail to SWHQ-TenTors-MAILBOX@mod.uk to arrive by Tuesday 25 April 2017. As always, please put your Establishment Code and Establishment Name in the subject field.

The presentations will be made in the Okehampton Camp hangar at 6.00pm on Saturday 6 May 2017. If you cannot attend because you are working on the Moor, we will try to arrange for the VIP to come to you.

So that Team Managers can check that applications have been processed, the name of the recipient will be added in red to the list of recipients of the Award at http://www.tentors.org.uk/files/pdf/2017/20161217-ten-tors-awards-list.pdf .

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