Warhammer Part 2 / Hungry Hippos

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Tonight we continued with our second Warhammer evening learning how to play the game as beginners. We also played a life sized version of hungry hippos before discussing the final arrangements for this weekends monopoly run.

Pancake Cooking Competition

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Last week, the explorers competed to be named the best pancake chef. With a minimal budget, they had to plan and purchase a topping which would be voted most highly by the other teams.

The results were varied and scores ranged from 1 to 9 (out of 10) – some teams certainly need more practise!

Chief Scout & D of E Awards

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Congratulations to all the young people who were presented with D of E bronze & Silver awards and Chief Scout Diamond and Platinum Award certificates by Superintendent Alex Geldart of West Sussex Police.

Shackleton had a full house at the last awards – lets keep this up in the future!


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On Monday, Shackleton Explorers visited Hazelwick for a game of Badminton. Everyone had fun but not sure we have any future competitive stars in the unit based on their performance during the evening!

Chief Scout Gold and Platinum Awards

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On Monday 23rd Jan, Shackleton had a good meeting on mental health and identity. All of the leaders were incredibly proud of how engaged and mature the young people were during the informative evening.

We also invested 2 new members to join the unit, welcome Mirjam and Ben.

We also had the pleasure of presenting 3 chief scout gold awards and a chief scout platinum award.

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 CSA Platinum award is the next Top Award after Chief Scout’s Gold Award from the Scouts Section. The Platinum award overlaps with the Bronze DofE award, but can be achieved even if you don’t have the Bronze DofE award. Just like the QSA you will need to complete some specific Scout requirements and at least 6 nights away.

Well done Harry, Leon, Mirjam and Joe!

Spring 2023 Programme

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A new year means a new programme which is available below!

See you all in the new year!


DateActivityLocationOther Details
09/01/2023Trading Post4th WorthFull Uniform
16/01/2023HuntedTBCOutdoor Clothing
23/01/2023Mental Health Awareness / Identity4th WorthFull Uniform
30/01/2023BadmintonOriel SchoolSportswear
06/02/2023Warhammer Part 1 / Games4th WorthFull Uniform
20/02/2023Pancakes4th WorthFull Uniform
27/02/2023Warhammer Part 2 / Games4th WorthFull Uniform
06/03/2023Crossbows / Tomahawk Throwing4th WorthFull Uniform
13/03/2023Crossbows / Tomahawk Throwing4th WorthFull Uniform
20/03/2023Cycling / OrienteeringTilgate TBCOutdoor Clothing
27/03/2023Expedition Skills4th WorthFull Uniform


DateEventOther Details
04/03/2023Monopoly RunLondon
06/04/2023 – 09/04/2023Mountain Camp 2023Peak District
29/04/2023 – 01/05/2023Silver D of E PractiseNew Forest
26/08/2023 – 28/08/2023Silver D of E AssessedNew Forest
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
TBCBronze D of E PractiseDate TBC
TBCBronze D of E AssessedDate TBC
TBCWinter CampDate TBC

Lazer Tag

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Tonight Shackleton Explorers celebrated the end of term with a trip to Lazer World where they battled out 3 different games.

Red 10 was frequently the best scoring player so I expect there may have been some cheating going on!

Time for a relaxing Christmas break, we will see you all in the new year.

Phil’s Cooking Challenge

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This evening, the explorers took part in a cooking challenge to create the best tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwich. As easy it should have been, after multiple fire alarms, much burnt toast, each team presented their creation. The results were variable but at least it was all edible!

Winter Camp 2022

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From 2nd to 4th December, Shackleton Explorers enjoyed a winter camp at Bentley Copse Scout Campsite. Staying inside in Palmer House, the cold didn’t bother us! Activities including a night hike, zipline, crate stacking, climbing, abseiling, rifle shooting, karaoke and lots of food!

It was a nice relaxing camp to celebrate a successful year with successes at the Downsman, Rifle Shooting Competitions and D of E.

Thanks to the leaders for supporting the activities this year, here’s to a successful 2023!