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Hello and welcome to South Berkshire District Explorers

Explorers are young people, aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

On this page you will find lots of information about our Explorer units. This includes weekly meetings, district events, top awards including DofE and posts about the fun stuff we get up to!

With the support, direction and guidance of our unit leaders, Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers. The first week of each term we have a planning evening where you get to decide the activities we run over the following weeks, we encourage you all to help lead the activities and games each term, this can go towards badges and further awards.

South Berskhire Explorers runs as a district group with 4 units, you are welcome to attend any unit you wish as they are not linked to a specific Scout group. We run as a district to share Explorer Leaders and to give all of our Explorers the opportunity to take part in activties you may have never tried before and the most exciting events that Scouting has to offer. This year (2019) we have Explorers heading off to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in the USA and the 4th Project Africa Expedition in Uganda.

 
Programme

Below is the term programme for the whole District including upcoming events. Please note the programme is subject to change due to location and booking activities so keep an eye on the weekly newsletter for updates.. 

Spring Programme 2019

 
Weekly newsletter

Click below for the weekly Explorer newsletter which gives you all the gossip and actvities for the coming week at Explorers

Week Commencing:
24/02/2019
03/03/2019
10/03/2019
24/03/2019
 
What you need to know!

Uniform Find out what you need to wear as an Explorer, follow this link.

Investiture Once you have attended Explorers a few weeks you can be invested and take your Scout promise, to find out more follow this link.

Attendance We understand that many of you are studying for your GCSE's and A levels so don’t worry if you can't attend every week. Please let your leader know if you cant attend so we can cater for numbers.

Contact Information If you are new to scouting we will need to add you to the Online Scout Manager (OSM), this allows us to record you details, emergency contacts and badge completion. If you are moving up from Scouts, we will be transferring your OSM details across to retain your badge history. After joining we will send you an email invite to OSM so you can update contact and emergency details yourself, please ensure this is kept up to date if things change.

Subs Subs are £10 monthly spread over the year. Subs are due after you are invested as an Explorer, this includes if you only attend as a Young Leader. Our preference is for all payments to go through OSM via direct debit, you will recieve an email about this after you have been invested.

Young Leaders Would you like to help with Beavers, Cubs or Scouts as a Young Leader or work towards the Young Leader belt? Follow this link.

DofE Award Would you like to complete your DofE award with Scouting? Follow this link.

Badges Would you like to work towards an Explorer badge? Follow this link.


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News & Blogs

Explorer Chiltern Challenge 2019
11/03/2019 By Sarah Nicholson

What is Chiltern Challenge?

Chiltern Challenge is an Explorer Scout Competition run by Hertfordshire Scouts. Over a weekend in March, teams of five pit their wits against a series of challenges designed to show their skill, ingenuity, physical ability and team working.
 
During the day, teams undertake the navigation challenge, physical assault course with added mud and a series of team challenges around Phasels Wood Scout Activity Centre. Once darkness falls, the competition continues in the countryside in deepest darkest Hertfordshire. Teams face the task of navigating to bases around a 20 km course, where further points can be gained on the night challenges.
 
Chiltern Challenge has been running since 1978 and celebrated their 40th Anniversary event this year. Since then the event has flourished and now attracts entries from across the UK, including the team we sent from South Berkshire.
 
Chiltern challenge logo
 

What did the Explorers get up to?

The main point of Chiltern challenge is to gain the maximum number of points over the weekend. Teams are scored from how they pitch their tents and keep their area tidy, to their team work, encouragement and communication skills, and finally the actual challenges themselves.
 
We sent one team of 5 to the event competing against 22 other teams for the coveted Golden Boot trophy and £100 gift voucher. The weekend started bright and sunny, although a little chilly, and the team began by pitching camp and competing in the team challenges including collecting the most water using a holey pipe, communicating using semaphore, fastest puzzle completer and the number of wet sponges collected in a bowl hat!
 
In the afternoon the team took part in a navigation skills challenge which involved not only orienteering but testing their map knowledge and compass skills. Then on to the physical obstacle course, comprising of crossing crocodile infested waters using the monkey bars aka. a ladder, racing through nets and mazes, climbing a curved wall and finally escaping through rope spiders webs. The team did excellently and by the end of the day had scored 327 points, putting them in 14th place on the leader board.
 
 
A hearty dinner of pasta bolognaise, garlic bread and apple crumble with custard warmed us up just before the incident night hike started and so did the wind and rain. The route comprised of 20km round course with 8 checkpoints; extra points could be gained by collecting orienting clips on, and sometimes off, the route and taking part in team challenges at the bases. The South Berks leaders spent quite a cold evening in a field challenging the Explorers that passed through to build famous monuments from around the world using only their bodies, we had some very interesting Big Ben's, and Sydney Opera House's! Our Explorer team did well too managing to complete half the routing hitting 4 bases and collecting one clip (although they didn’t reach the Leaders base!) but managed to score 170 points and putting them in 9th place for the evening.
 

With a fully cooked English breakfast on Sunday morning and a total of 497 points the South Berkshire team came in 11th place overall, which is excellent considering this was the first time for all of them. When asked would they be back next year the answer was "definitely" and they are determined to get in the top 10! The team went away with matching beanies and big smiles, well done all it was a brilliant weekend.

Check out the Chiltern Challenge 2019 Gallery for more photos from the weekend.

Would you like to compete in the Chiltern challenge next year? If you are a Scout aged over 13 (as part of a Leader led training team) or an Explorer you can enter as a team of 5. Next year’s event will be on the 7th-8th March 2020. Watch out for event details at the end of the year or drop us an email to southberksesu@gmail.com if you are interested.
 
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What's On

DofE Bronze Expedition

YL training Module A &missions

DofE Silver Expedition

YL training Module E & F

District Airgun Competition

DofE Bronze Expedition

County Dragon Boating

 
South Berkshire District Scouts
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