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Petworth & Pulborough Scout District

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


Structure and meetings

A group of Explorers is called a Unit.

Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays, exams and the other commitments that crop up in a teenager's life, and also because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.


Activities

Explorers often get the chance to work with other Explorers in their District, not just their own Unit, so can take part in an even wider spectrum of activities.

There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.


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Halloween Hike 2018
18/11/2018 By Chris Evans

The Halloween Hike is our annual night hike for Scouts, Guides and Explorers.  It has been going since 1995 (there's still a team out there somewhere) and has never missed a year.

The route is usually 6-7 miles through easy terrain (apart from the cows and mud) and we vary the route every year so it is always a new challenge.

Scout and Guide teams are aged 12+ and must have a basic knowledge of map reading and first aid, Explorers are all welcome.  This year we piloted a category for Scouts & Guides aged 10-12 walking with a leader which proved very successful.

Around the route are checkpoints with challenges for the teams to complete and earn points in order to try and win the Halloween Hike Trophy.  Explorers have a additional challenge to go as fast as they can, their points are then deducted from their time, the Explorer team with the lowest score wins.

Challenges this year included Boiling a Kelly Kettle, Pioneering, Making a Remembrance Poppy, a General Knowledge Quiz, a Memory Test and a team challenge involving Buckets, Balls and Blindfolds.

All of the teams carry GPS trackers (even the sweep team who nobody noticed didn't move for 2 hours due to a technical error, thank guys!)  And we are very pleased this year that all teams completed the course.  Full results are at the bottom of the page.

A big thank you to all of the Scout, Guide and Explorer Leaders who gave up their night to support the event and of course the Scout Support Unit who were out in force all night.

 

Halloween Hike 2018 – The Results – Scouts and Guides

1st      Midhurst Guides                                                     136 points

2nd      Storrington Guides                                               132 points

3rd      Fittleworth Scouts                                                 122 points

4th      Billingshurst Guides                                              120 points

          Ashington Scouts                                                   120 points

5th      Cheyenne Scouts                                                  107 points

6th      Cherokee Scouts                                                    106 points   

 

Halloween Hike 2018 – The Results – Explorer Scouts

1st      Griffins 1                                                                67.5 points

2nd      Phoenix Knights                                                   89 points

3rd      Phoenix Dames                                                     126 points

4th      Griffins 2                                                                208.5 points

 

The Halloween Hike will return on Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th October 2019

 

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Whitewater Rafting at Lee Valley
14/10/2018 By Chris Evans

Whitewater Rafting 2018

A group of 43 Explorers and Leaders had a great afternoon out at the Lee Valley Whitewater Rafting Centre.  We took 5 rafts around the Olympic course from 2012.

The centre is a fantastic facility and everyone had a great time.

Most people managed to fall out at some point and one team even broke their guide! He was replaced by Captain America who asked them 'Did Tom teach you any commands?' 'Yes' was the reply.'Why didn't you use them then?!' asked Cap a period of retraining followed.

Please take a look at the photos of our afternoon out and more information on Lee Valley is available at www.gowhitewater.co.uk

Next years trip will be Saturday 12th October. Email paddlesports@pandpscouts.org.uk for more information

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Cub & Beaver Paddlesport Days
08/09/2018 By Chris Evans

Our Paddlesport Team was out in force at the Wey & Arun Canal this summer with two taster days for Cubs and Beavers to have a go on the water in all sorts of exciting watercraft.  (There were a few suspiciously tall Cubs sneaking in too!)

The young people could try:

Rafts

Canadian Canoes

Stand-up Paddleboards

Sit-on Kayaks

Closed Cockpit Kayaks

The weather was fabulous and a terrific time was had by all.  It was hard work for the team but they are all looking forward to doing it again next year!

If you have an interest in water activities and would like to help young people to join your interest, and have a load of fun along the way then we'd love to hear from you! ddcevents@pandpscouts.org.uk

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Blog | Jamboree 2019
08/09/2018 By Chris Evans

My name is Abbie and I am one of six Explorer Scouts from Petworth & Pulborough who are lucky enough to have been selected to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree.  We were invited to go to a selection camp where we had to showcase ourselves to prove that we were the right candidates to represent P&P. 

There are 2 West Sussex Contingents (units 67 & 68) made up of 4 leaders and 36 youngpeople.  Once all of the West Sussex young people had been chosen we had a get together and this is where we found out which unit we were going to be part of for the trip.  Myself and 2 others are in unit 67, the other 3 from P&P are in unit 68. 

Since this day we have had lots of camps and days together to get to know each other.  The cost of the trip is £3,495, a percentage of this amount is used to enable scouts from developing countries to attend as well.  There will be roughly 45,000 participants at the Jamboree in 2019 meaning that the site is massive and there is no doubt that I will get lost!  We have been busy fundraising as a District and individually.  Together we have helped at the Floral Fringe, Parham Garden weekend, St Georges day and local events.  We are busy planning our ‘Pig & a Jig’ event which is a concert, hog roast & auction taking place on 19th October in Ashington. 

I fully intend to make the most of my time at the Jamboree and look forward to returning as an ambassador for the district and hopefully having made some new international friends. 

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St Georges Day 2018
06/09/2018 By Chris Evans

Parham in Sussex at Storrington was the venue for our 2018 District get together. We held a short service with the colours flying, an address from our District Chaplin, Ben Martin and musical accompaniment with rousing choruses of When a Knight Won His Spurs, Sussex by the Sea and, of course, The National Anthem from Petworth Town Band.

Robert Sawyer, West Sussex Scouts County Commissioner, presented Pat Homer, District Secretary, with her Chief Scouts Commendation; Glyn Pullen, District Commissioner, received his Award for Merit and Kath Bridger, our previous District Commissioner, received her Bar to the Award for Merit.

Following the service everyone took part in a wide variety of activities. We had stalls to raise funds for our young people going to the World Jamboree in 2018 including s’mores, woggle making, sweets and pyrography which raised £80. Some of the groups brought activities including Ifold who helped people make dutch pancakes and S&S offered archery, badge making and biscuit decorating.

The District provided a soap box car track which caused hilarity all round (how hard can it be to drive in a circle?) and thankfully no serious injuries along with pedal cars and grass sledges.

The weather was superb and the District expresses its thanks to all those who made the day possible. Especially the Jamboree parents and the Scout Active Support.

St Georges Day 2019 will be Sunday 28th April (TBC)

 

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