More than 1000 Venturer Scouts will descend on Penrose State Forest to compete in the 35th Scouts NSW Dragon Skin over the Easter long weekend.
The annual event will see 200 teams battle against each other in various outdoor challenges to take home the coveted Dragon Skin trophy.
Venturers, Ranger Guides and school groups from all over NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC, WA, New Zealand, Denmark and Germany will camp for three nights in the forest, accompanied by 600 Rovers, Leaders and supporters.
"Dragon Skin gives Venturers the chance to build their physical and mental resilience by taking part in exciting outdoor challenges and activities," Dragon Skin chairman Damien Ryan said.
State Commissioner for Venturer Scouts David Jacobs said Dragon Skin was one of the largest Venturer events run annually in Australia.
"Our venturers have been busy preparing their teams and I'm sure that they will have an awesome time and make some great friends along the way," Mr Jacobs said.
Since its inception in 1984, Dragon Skin has remained the premier event in the Venturer Section, designed to test Venturers' leadership, teamwork and technical skills.
Under this year's theme, Kingdoms and Empires, competitors will face challenges out of this world, as they venture through the animal kingdom, the Roman Empire and set off on nautical and interstellar conquests.
Teams of 4-7 will be given a map with a list of co-ordinates to navigate through the forest and locate activities which can be completed to earn points.
Teams are fully self-sufficient and carry all of their own camping gear and food in their packs.
By nightfall, teams will make their way to one of four overnight campsites where they will prepare food, enjoy entertainment and ready themselves for the next day's adventure.
The team that has accumulated the most points over the weekend will be named the Dragon Skin champions on Easter Monday.
Dragon Skin will be held at the Penrose State Forest in Penrose between Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22.
Visit http://dragonskin.nswscouts.com.au for more information about Dragon Skin.