Category: Events

County Awards

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Well done to one of our Explorers who has recently been presented his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Young Leader Belt Buckle.

A Bronze DofE programme has four sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You must do a minimum of three months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a two-day, one-night Expedition.

The Young leader Belt and Buckle set is awarded if you have completed all modules and missions from the Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Scheme.

Both of these are big achievements so well done!

D of E Bronze Expedition

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Well done to our 7 Explorers who passed their D of E Bronze Qualifying Expedition in Ashdown Forest this weekend.

The Bronze Expedition is a two day expedition, with one night spent camping. There should be six hours minimum of activity planned each day, with at least three of these hours journeying. 

D of E expeditions teach:

  • First aid and emergency procedures
  • An awareness of risk and health and safety issues
  • Navigation and route planning.
  • Campcraft, equipment and hygiene.
  • Food and cooking.
  • Countryside, Highway and Water Sports Safety Codes.
  • Observation recording and presentations.
  • Team building.

Some photos are available below.

Sweden Race Night Fundraiser

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Thankyou to everyone who came and supported our race night last night. In total we made £538.73 towards our expedition fund to Sweden in the summer.

A special thanks goes to all of those who helped organise and run the night including the delicious cake stall and those who donated raffle prizes!

With only 7 weeks left until we depart, this is one of our last events towards the expedition and we have managed to hit our target of fundraising / grant applications of over £10,000!

St George’s Day Parade – Crawley

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Well done to those who turned up to renew their Scout Promise today at the St George’s Day Parade with the rest of Crawley groups today.

On the Sunday nearest to 23 April, scouts and guides throughout England parade through high streets and attend special St George’s Day services.

St. George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the Union flag. St George’s emblem was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The king’s soldiers wore it on their tunics to avoid confusion in battle.

Sweden Race Night Fundraiser

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Please find attached details of the fundraiser for our next Sweden fundraising event. We will be running a fun filled race night for all the family. Please find attached the poster for the race night. It’s going to be a great night so please invite all your family and friends. Maximum table numbers of 6 people. Numbers are limited so please ensure that you get your bookings in quickly!

Mountain Activity Camp 2024

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Over Easter Weekend, 13 Explorers and their leaders travelled to Cornel Scout Campsite in North Wales. Originally we planned to climb Snowdon on Saturday but snowy weather meant we had to do our contingency, lower level route heading over Foel Fras, Carnedd Gwenllian and Foel Grach.

On Sunday, we headed out to Craig Caseg Ffraith for a day of climbing and abseiling led by Sean and Tim. Everyone got to attempt the 5 different climbs and abseil which was a first for many of natural rock!

Before we departed on Monday, the groups headed out for a final low level walk up Crimpiau before a long journey home!

All in all, the weather was extremely kind during the weekend and everyone had fun! Thanks to all the leaders and helpers who made it happen and here’s to next year’s camp which we have already started to plan!

Monopoly Run

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Last weekend, 29 Explorers took part in Monopoly Run Live.

Monopoly Run “Live” is an action-packed day visiting all corners of London. Competing against Scouts and Guides from all around the UK.

The app allows teams to play the game by geo-location check in at all the locations. It will also keep you up to date as a team with your current position in your game, as well as providing you with real-time information via the team statistics page and real-time push notifications.

In addition to the gameplay, teams will also have the opportunity to earn extra money by taking part in our team challenges and also our cryptic quiz.

Our teams finished as follows:

Click on the links below to view our team’s post-run analysis:

Quiz Night – Sweden Fundraising

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Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraising quiz and raffle last night in aid of our Sweden Expedition this summer. In total we raised around £691 from ticket sales and the raffle.

We have 59 people on expedition with a total budget of around £45k so every little helps!

Special thanks to Alex who hosted the quiz for us and the parents who organised the event.

County Awards Presentation

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Well done to our Explorers who attended the County Award Presentation at the weekend. We had members collecting their D of E as well as their Chief Scout Gold, Platinum and Diamond. We also had several collect their young leader belt buckle.

The CSA Gold is the highest award a Scout can earn. To complete it, you need to complete all nine of the Challenge Awards, plus six Activity badges.

The Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awars are open to Explorers and is linked to DofE. As well as completing some time volunteering, learning a new skill, getting better at a physical activity and a two day expedition as well as some activities from the International, Community and Values list.

The Young Leader Belt Buckle is awarded on completion of the entire young leader scheme (completion of ALL training modules and missions). This takes a lot of commitment over and above just attending Explorers.

Winter Camp 2024

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Last weekend, we held our annual winter camp at Bentley Copse. We were all very glad to be in a warm building as temperatures dropped into the negative outside!

On camp, the Explorers took part in variety of activities including wide games, incident hike, climbing, abseiling, caving and rifle shooting. We also had a traditional roast dinner (overseen by Phil!) and the infamous Saturday night fancy dress karaoke!

A video highlight of the camp is available below.