It was great to see so many explorers giving up their normal Sunday to join the congregation of St Nicolas Church and cubs and scouts from 4th Worth for a Remembrance Day service.
Special thanks to Corey our flag bearer, and Thomas and Luke for missing a rugby match to attend!
3 members of Shackleton joined Drake on their mountain activity weekend in the Peak District this weekend for a fantastic trip.
Arriving late on Friday to Gradbach campsite in thick fog, the weather didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves. On Saturday we split into 2 groups, one climbing at the Roaches in the morning whilst the other group went on a hike, and swapping activities for the afternoon.
On the Sunday we again split into 2 groups, one tackling an arduous route from Edale, following the Pennine Way up Jacobs Ladder and on to Kinder Low before visiting Kinder downfall and a few bigs before making our way back to Edale, whilst the other group hiked in Dovedale trying to avoid the floods!
A team from 2nd Ifield Helped with catering including a very welcome roast dinner on the Sunday, before a short hike and return to Crawley on Monday.
Massive thanks to everyone who assisted with the organising and catering!
8 members of Shackleton were proud recipients of the Chief Scout Gold or Platinum awards this Sunday.
Well done to Katie, Ben, Jake, Sam, Zachary, Corey, Alex and Catherine!
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.
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.
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.
We are please to note that the programme agreed with the Explorers for the Autumn/Winter Term is now live! Please see Programme in the above menu for more information.
Autumn 2018 Newsletter
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.
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