More than a hundred explorer scouts from across South Yorkshire and beyond took part in the first ever Apex Challenge in September 2002.
Teams battled it out throughout the day in teams of four with the winners taking home more than ?500 worth of prizes. Activities ranged from abseiling to weaselling, mountain biking to cannon firing, and rock climbing to sheep herding! Teams had to strategically plan their route through the area to collect as many Apex points as they could.
The Apex Challenge was all about making scout events more up-to-date and appealing. With the high-tech scoring systems and presentations used at the event, this seems to have worked. It was also the plan to make sure this was done in full view of the public. The association's new image was clearly visible at all our sites, and we had mentions in newspapers, magazines and on the radio. It was also an event done in the most cost-effective way meaning no letters being sent through the post. Everything was done by email and through the website.
Check out the full results from the competition to see exactly what was going on.
Thanks to everyone who took part and the thirty-strong team who helped stage such a memorable event.
Here are just a handful of the comments we got from teams taking part in the very first Apex Challenge...
"The event was really well organised. We really enjoyed ourselves (we've got the bruises to prove it!)" Fighting Force.
"Have more things like this. it's been fantastic" Ay-Up Munkeys.
"The bases were great. Why not do it over 24 hours next year?" I Can See The Pub From Here.
"We congratulate you on the best run event we have had the pleasure of attending in many a long year." Keighley Explorers.
"Many thanks for organising the event - our scouts had a great time!!!" Neil Baldwin, Wilsden Scouts.
"Everything was excellent and our day couldn't have been better!" Norton Nemesis.
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Autumn 2019 event
Our muddiest ever event as Apex visited the Ampleforth Estate for the first time.
Autumn 2018 event
A return to Bramham Park after the Apex Challenge took a year's break.
Autumn 2016 event
Three days of adventures and challenges on the Peak District's Eastern Moors.
Spring 2016 event
An unforgettable night-time challenge through the Temple Newsam estate in Leeds.
Autumn 2015 event
The exclusive Harewood House estate welcomes Apex for the first time.
Spring 2015 event
The Apex Challenge returns to Bramham Park in West Yorkshire.
Autumn 2013 event
A military theme at Strensall near York for Apex Special Ops.
Spring 2013 event
Apex returns to Sherwood Pines for a challenge during the night.
Autumn 2012 event
Returning to our first ever location to celebrate our tenth anniversary.
Spring 2012 event
A new location at Bramham Park near Leeds for the first event of 2012.
Autumn 2011 event
A thrilling three days of adventure with the hottest weekend of the year.
Spring 2011 event
The event sells out in record time for a weekend baked in sunshine!
Autumn 2010 event
Brand new activities this year included archery and rifle shooting.
Spring 2010 event
The warmest weather of the year so far for this year's spring challenge.
Autumn 2009 event
Gale force winds add to the excitement on Ilkley Moor.
Spring 2009 event
There were record levels of interest for teams to take part in this event.
Autumn 2008 event
70 teams navigate through Langdale Forest in North Yorkshire.
Spring 2008 event
A new record of 16 activity bases was waiting for our teams.
Autumn 2007 event
Centenary year sees us travel further North than ever to Ilkley Moor.
Autumn 2006 event
First ever three-day Apex sees several new event elements tried out.
Spring 2006 event
Same location but new challenges at Sherwood Pines Forest Park.
Autumn 2005 event
More prizes were given away at this event than ever before.
Spring 2005 event
The overnight event moves to a new location with dense woodland.
Autumn 2004 event
More teams and more activity bases than ever before in Burbage Valley.
Spring 2004 event
Apex Challenge opens up to teams nationwide for the first time.
Autumn 2003 event
Stanage Edge hosted our second daytime challenge event.
Spring 2003 event
Same idea as our first event but this time in the darkness!
Autumn 2002 event
More than 20 teams compete for the honour of being our first winners.