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Autumn Update

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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

Leaders Winter skills

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This winter, Explorer Scout leaders from Crawley District travelled north with a simple mission – to find snow and ice!

Tim Winter (Shackleton ESU) spent some time with Scouts Scotland at the Lochgoilhead National Activity Centre under the instruction of Mark Noble MIC, and was then joined by Adam Jasko (Drake ESU) and Harry Fox (SRF ESU) in the Lake District for the Essex Scouts Mountain Activity Team winter instructors course.

This was all in aid of developing the Crawley leaders’ winter mountaineering skills, and in turn enable future winter trips for Scouts that want to try winter mountain walking, climbing and camping.




Mountain Activity Weekend

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On 26th October 19 Explorer Scouts from across Crawley District were hosted by Drake Explorers at their annual mountain activity weekend staying at a bunk house in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales.

Participants spent 3 days walking in the mountains, including Pen Y Fan (the highest peak in South Wales) and rock climbing – and some even managed to get some sleep!

Many thanks to Drake ESU for a fantastic trip.