Hot Air Balloons

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Last week at Explorers, we attempted to make hot Air Balloons out of an assortment of items. After much planning and construction, we headed outside for some test flights! On this occasion, none of the designs were capable of flight and a few even ended up on fire!

At the end of the meeting we also invested 8 new members to the unit!

Sailing – Supeta

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7 of our Explorer ventured out on Supeta today. Unfortunately the weather was too windy to head out to sea however the Explorer still tool the boat out for half a day learning to steer, dock and drive backwards under engine power. Hopefully next time we will have some better luck!

A few photos are below.

Angel Throwing & Pioneering

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On Monday we had a busy evening. 8 of our Explorers prepared for the upcoming Downsman Hike by marking out their route and discussing their menu. We also had angel throwing run by Allen and Katie and whilst waiting, the other groups had to build the highest pioneering structure.

3 groups managed to build a structure above head height however the neatness, design and knot skills leave a lot to be desired!!!

A few photos are below.

Autumn Term Programme 2023

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A new term means a new programme which is now available on OSM or available below. Watch out for details about summer camp which will be released soon!

DateActivityLocationOther Details
04/09/2023Paracord Woggles / Welcome Back4th WorthUniform
11/09/2023Tomahawk Throwing / Pioneering Challenge4th WorthUniform
18/09/2023Escape Room / Investitures4th WorthUniform
25/09/2023Dance Evening & D of E Presentations4th WorthUniform – Parents Invited for D of E
02/10/2023Ballista’s Pioneering Challenge4th WorthUniform
09/10/2023National Police Helicopter Tour / FencingRedhill & 4th WorthDetails to follow
16/10/2023National Police Helicopter Tour / FencingRedhill & 4th WorthDetails to follow
23/10/2023Half Term – No Meeting
30/10/2023Halloween Games @ StanfordStanfordFancy Dress
06/11/2023Team Building Challenges – Communication4th WorthUniform
13/11/2023Backwoods Cooking PizzasStanfordWarm Clothing
20/11/2023BasketballTBCSports Clothing
27/11/2023Self Defence Evening4th WorthSports Clothing
04/12/2023Christmas Cooking with Phil!4th WorthUniform
11/12/2023Christmas PartyTBCTBC
18/12/2023Christmas Break – No Meeting
DateEventOther Details
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)

Silver D of E Qualifier Weekend – 2023

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Congratulations to both of our groups who successfully completed their D of E expeditions in the New Forest this weekend. Walking around 60km over the 3 days, the teams also demonstrated teamwork, navigation skills and excellent camp craft.

We had excellent weather and both teams actually looked like they were having fun most of the time!!!

A few photos are below.

Summer Camp 2023 – Yorkshire

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This year 23 Explorers from Shackleton ventured to Yorkshire with Drake ESU for a joint summer camp. In total, we had over 50 people in our party!

We set off in minibuses on Saturday 22nd July and on arrival at Thornthwaite Scout Camp, we setup our site and had a quiet evening on site and cooked our first dinner.

On Sunday, we sent out our D of E Gold practise expedition. Others on site did some onsite activities including crate stacking, caving ladder and wobbly pole!

On the Monday, we had a day trip into York before setting out on on overnight expedition on Tuesday and Wednesday passing over Whernside Ridge. This turned into an eventful day where a medical incident resulted in us summoning mountain rescue to extract a party member (they are safe and well and undergoing further medical tests to understand what may have caused it!)

Later in the week, the groups split into 3 groups, one canoeing, one cycling and one climbing. This continued for 3 days and before we knew it, it was time to pack up and come home.

Summarising the camp as a challenge is probably an understatement – all of our Explorers did us proud and showed true resilience through some difficult situations. They adapted and just got on with what was needed – they were a credit to the unit.

End of Term BBQ

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As is tradition, we celebrated the end of the summer term with a BBQ and water games. At the start of the meeting, we allowed the Cubs to take on the Explorers in a game of musical hoops which quickly descended into the Cubs soaking the Explorers thoroughly with their water guns!

We also played a few other water based games before much food was consumed cooked by the leadership team.

We hope you all have a great summer and see you next term.

Extreme Pioneering

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This week, we set the explorers a challenge of building a rope bridge and swing which actually held their weight and worked unlike previous years attempts!!!

With the help of the leaders giving some direction, a 30 metre rope bridge was created which actually supported up to 3 of them at anyone point!

A swing was also successfully constructed which worked for 2 Explorers at a time!

We also presented YL buckles to Joe and Mark, Well done!


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Last week, Explorers played Volleyball at Grattons Park. It was nice to see everyone back post exams finishing. However, lots more practise would be needed before any of them started playing at a competitive level as it was rare for more than 2 or 3 consecutive volleys!!!

Crawley Monopoly Run

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On Monday 19th June, we held our own Monopoly Run Crawley Edition! Well done to all the teams although the scores were very varied!!!

As it was the first night back for many from exams, we had over 30 members back again which was nice to see!

A few pictures are below.