Autumn Update

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

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:

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

See you there!

Leaders Winter skills

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.




Remembrance Sunday

Shackleton Explorers will be joining 4th Worth Scouts at Worth Church on Sunday 12th November for Remembrance Sunday parade.

Please meet at the Church at 9:30am in uniform. The service should finish at 11:15am, parents are welcome to join us for the service.

Mountain Activity Weekend

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.