Month: April 2023

Dragons Den – Camp Gadget

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This evening, the explorers designed and created Camp gadgets to be pitched to our panel of dragons in hope of securing a chocolate prize! The teams came up with some interesting ideas but the Sean Sitter scoped the first prize and secured the chocolate investment!

Shackleton Summer Term Programme 2023

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Apologies for the delay, please find our next terms programme. Please also get future event dates in your diary now!

DateActivityLocationOther Details
17/04/2023Wide Games – Stanford – LeadersStanfordOutdoor Clothing
24/04/2023Hike (Charlwood) – SeanCharlwoodHike Clothing
15/05/2023Rounders @ Grattons Park – ElliottGrattons ParkSports Clothes
22/05/2023Backwards Cooking @ Stanford – PhilStanfordFull Uniform
29/05/2023NO MEETING – HALF TERM  
05/06/2023Fitness Training / Media & Film Making – Phil / Sean4th Worth Scout HQSports Clothes for Fitness
12/06/2023Climbing and Abseiling @ Copthorne Prep – SeanCopthorne Prep SchoolScarves Only
19/06/2023Meeting TBC – JackTBCTBC
26/06/2023Volleyball @ Grattons Park – SeanGrattons ParkSports Clothes
03/07/2023Monkey Bridge – Extreme Pioneering Challenge! – Sean, Phil and Allen4th Worth Scout HQFull Uniform
10/07/2023Summer Camp Equipment Maintenance / Games @ HQ4th Worth Scout HQFull Uniform
17/07/2023End of Term BBQ / Water Fight – Katie / Clair4th Worth Scout HQCasual Clothing

Key Event Dates

DateEventOther Details
29/04/2023 – 01/05/2023Silver D of E PractiseNew Forest
26/08/2023 – 28/08/2023Silver D of E AssessedNew Forest
20/05/2023 – 21/05/2023Bronze D of E AssessedAshdown Forest
08/07/2023Sailing Supeta (Group 1)TBC
Date TBCSailing Supeta (Group 2)TBC
22/07/2023 – 29/07/2023Summer Camp with DrakeYorkshire
22/07/2023 – 29/07/2023Gold Expedition PractiseCombined with Summer Camp
07/10/2023Downsman HikeSouth Downs
29/09/2023 – 01/10/2023Survival CampStanford Scout Campsite
01/12/2023 – 03/12/2023Winter CampBentley Copse
29/03/2024 – 01/04/2024Mountain Activity Camp 2024North Wales (Cornel)

Shackleton ESU – Mountain Activity Camp 2023

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From Thursday 6th April to Sunday 9th April, Shackleton ESU held our Mountain Activity Camp in the Peak District. After departing Crawley at 10am, we travelled up to Gradbach Scout Campsite where we pitched our base camp before eating dinner and preparing the activity days ahead.

On Friday after waking up and eating breakfast we headed to Windgather Rocks where we spent the day in glorious sunshine doing single pitch top rope climbing. We also set up a speed climb to see how quickly they could scale a simple climb with times between 8 seconds and 16 seconds. After a full on day, we returned to the site for dinner and a well deserved rest!

On Saturday we headed out bright and early to Edale to setout on our day of hill walking on Kinder Scout. 2 groups scaled up Grindsbrook Clough with some introductory scrambling. The third group headed up a slightly easier ascent so they could familiarise themselves with hill walking. After another glorious day of walking, we returned to the campsite for dinner and started to strike camp.

On Sunday, we had our earliest start yet so we could leave site at 9 and be fully packed. Needless to say, Explorers dont like early morning when we woke them up at 6.15am! After striking camp, loading the minibus and trailer, we travelled to Poole Cavern for a cave tour before eating lunch and travelling back to Crawley.

The camp was a great success, all of the Explorers behaved well however if we would have asked for one thing, that was warmer temperatures over night – having ice on tents and sleeping bag outers in the morning isn’t too pleasant!