Climbing and Abseiling

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Last night Shackleton ESU visited Copthorne Prep School for an evening of climbing and abseiling. We also invested one of our new Explorers part way down the abseil tower!

Thanks to Alaric, Ivo and Russell who all came along to help instruct for the evening.

Backwards Cooking

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This evening we did backwards cooking at Explorers. After we had the fires going, we set out making chocolate cakes in oranges, nachos and cheese, bread twists and camp cones.

Each group tried each of the recipes with varying success!

D of E Bronze Expeditions 2023

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Congratulations to our explorer team who completed their Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze expeditions in Ashdown Forest this weekend!

The Duke of Edinburgh programme gives young people aged 14-24, the opportunity to develop themselves in scenarios they would not normally experience. The fun but challenging expeditions take young people out of their comfort zones, whilst building confidence, teamwork, life skills and friendships.

If you interested in joining us, get in touch today.


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On Monday 15th, Shackleton had a game of rounders at Grattons Park. Teams were formed evenly however the results were very one sided even after the rounders pitch was expanded to resemble a 400 metre running track!

Silver D of E Practise – New Forest

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10 Explorers and 4 Leaders have just returned from the New Forest on a D of E practise expedition. Both teams successfully completed the three day expedition during which we had beautiful (if slightly cold) weather. We stayed at Ferny Crofts Campsite and Wilverley Campsite which gave a varied experience.

Well done to both teams and here’s to the assessed expedition in August.

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!

Expedition Training

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On Monday we rotated around 4 expedition training bases covering:

  • First Aid
  • Route Cards / Navigation
  • Tents
  • Expedition Cooking

We also did some programme planning for next term and finalized details for our mountain activity camp next week.

Monopoly Run Live 2023

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On Saturday 4th March, 24 Explorers set out to London for Shackleton’s first attempt at the monopoly run. Fuelled by much coffee, sweets and fast food, the Explorers competed against 7000 other scouts to try and be crowned champion. Many steps were walked in a day and the Explorers all looked very worn out by the end of the day! All of our teams were involved in Game 35 and the results were as follows:

Game – 35

Game PositionOverall PositionTeamScout GroupBank Balance
1201Fluffy SheepsShackleton ESU£3992
2246BlackberriesShackleton ESU£3561
3538Pretzel Twists5th St. Ives Scouts£1188
4612Red Onions5th St. Ives Scouts£690
5673AntShackleton ESU£285
6698AvengersShackleton ESU£120
71135AddidasShackleton ESU£-2533

Well done to all of our teams and thanks to the organisers for a great event. A few photos of the event are below.