Mountain Activity Weekend

Shackleton ESU travelled to North Wales for their Mountain Activity Weekend Camp from Thursday 11th April to Sunday 14th April. Whilst staying at Cornel Scout Centre, they took part in hill walking and climbing activities.

On Friday, the two teams took part in a full days hillwalking including some entry level scrambles. On Saturday, the two groups alternated between natural rock climbing / abseiling and an orienteering trail (which was much harder than it suggested!!!)

On Sunday, the group ventured up Crimpiau where the newest member was invested into the unit. To top it all of, the weather was beautiful all weekend and everyone had lots of fun.

Standing room only for Remembrance Sunday

Each Remembrance Sunday, Scouts in cities, towns and villages across the UK show their support for the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. This year is made all the more poignant for the fact that that 2018 is the centenary of the Armistice, bringing an end to the First World War.

As Britain entered the First World War on 4 August 1914, Robert Baden-Powell – founder of the Scout Movement – volunteered Scouts to support the war effort. They weren’t to have a military role but could undertake work that released men for service in the armed forces. The skills learned through Scouting proved very useful in carrying out a range of jobs, including working on farms, delivering messages, watching coastlines, fetching hospital supplies, and guarding railway lines.

Towards the end of the war, Scouts worked with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to help keep records of where the fallen were buried. Cubs carried out work knitting socks and stuffing pillows for wounded soldiers, and with many mothers taking up new jobs to help the war effort, were also encouraged to learn skills for helping out at home.

4th Worth attended several services at local churches to mark this occasion, with Cubs, Scouts and Explorers present at St Nicholas’ church (Worth) and Beavers and Cubs at St Richard’s church (Three Bridges).

The service at St Nicholas’, led by a superb choir, really involved the members of the younger sections, with readings and prayers given and names of the fallen read by youth members. A very relevant and inspiring sermon was delivered by Father Michael Boag, before a 2 minute silence was observed.

Mountain Activity Weekend

From Thursday 25th October to Sunday 28th October, 19 Explorer Scouts and 3 Scout Network from across Crawley District attended the annual mountain activity weekend, staying at a bunk house in Cynwyd, North Wales.

Participants spent 3 days walking in the mountains, including Snowdon (the highest peak in North Wales) and rock climbing – and some even managed to get some sleep! A selection of photos from the weekend are available below.

Autumn Update

Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Programme

We are in the process of putting together the full programme for the term, and the first meeting back will give the Explorers the opportunity to give their input to ensure we are being truly #YouthShaped! Once completed it will be available on our website.

As such, the first meeting back will be Monday 3rd September at 4th Worth Scout hut at 7:30pm until 9:30pm in normal uniform.

News

It’s been a very busy year so far for Shackleton, with expeditions, activities and skills evenings. The easiest way to share some of this with you is with some photos!

 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Update

Unfortunately we had to cancel our planned Bronze Award practice expedition earlier this year, as a few Explorers had to pull out at short notice and we didn’t have the minimum number of participants required to qualify.

We are hoping to reschedule for March when the expedition season starts again, so please let us know if there any weekends that you cannot do. Likewise, if you are not yet enrolled into the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and want some more information please let us know.

Shackleton Explorer Scout Unit

Explorer Camp

This weekend Stanford Campsite hosted Shackleton Explorers and our summer ’18 activity camp.

Not only did we have fantastic weather, but a great programme which included clay pigeon shooting, a hike, rock climbing, and a campfire! Also a great chance for new members to get to know the unit and learn more about the Explorer section.

Ready, steady, cook!

A few photos from the cooking challenge this evening.

St George’s Day Parade

St George, the patron saint of scouting, was celebrated in style by hundreds of members of Crawley District on Sunday 22nd April in Queen’s Square, Crawley.

Many thanks to those that were able to attend this special celebration!

End of term update

Happy Easter to everyone!

The Explorers have had a busy term, and finished on a high with an evening of karting.

We have a hike coming up on 13th and 14th April which will count as a practice expedition for those undertaking their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, but is open to everyone and will be a great opportunity to polish navigation skills and camp craft. Full details are available here: 2018 Practice Bronze Letter

On Sunday 15h April there is a YouShape event at Stamford Campsite – deadline for registration has been extended to Sunday 8th April. Full details can be found here: https://crawleydistrictscouts.co.uk/event/district-youshape-day/

The next meeting is on Monday 9th April, which will also be a kit check for the expedition.

See you there!