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Petworth & Pulborough Scout District

As Scouts, we prepare young people with #SkillsforLife in West Sussex

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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News & Blogs

Suspension of face to face Scouting
16/03/2020 By Glyn Pullen

With regret I have inform you that we have taken the decision to suspend all face to face Scouting in Petworth and Pulborough District with immediate effect and until further notice. This follows a national decision from Scout HQ.

St Georges Day has been cancelled and we will update you with regards to Petworth Park and the JOTT in the near future. 

We are looking at what can be done to provide remote Scouting opportunities and hope to have some ideas out soon.

Here is the link to the national announcement https://scouts-news.org.uk/31ME-10O0C-D76U42KAA5/cr.aspx

Stay safe and healthy

 

Glyn Pullen

District Commissioner

Petworth & Pulborough Scouts

 

Update 13 Apr:

Link to HQ coronavirus page - https://www.scouts.org.uk/coronavirus

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Blog | The great indoors
13/04/2020 By Nick Layt

Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

See the Scout HQ website for all the details at https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors

For other resources such a magazines, books and newspapers why not pop along to your local library? Impossible during the lockdown? Not at all. West Sussex Council provides library members with an e-library that has all of these for free. No need for expensive magaizine subscriptions - just pop along and download onto your phone or tablet.

It is a servicer available to all West Sussex Library members as you need your library card number to log in. See more information at https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/elibrary-electronic-library/. We have popped a reminder on our members noticeboard page too.

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Report: Halloween hike 2019
31/10/2019 By Chris Evans

The annual Scouts and Guides Halloween Hike took place on 26-7 October in spite of a very muddy and waterlogged course. The hike has run every year since 1995 and is open to Scouts, Guides, Explorers and Rangers.

The event is overnight and the route is designed to test navigation skills and teamwork; the hiking is usually around 6-8 miles on footpaths and bridleways with challenges around the course. This year the challenges included a blindfold obstacle course, first aid and a glow ball challenge.

There are three categories:

  • Scouts and Guides 12 and under who walk with a leader and can have a go at the challenges but they don’t compete for the trophy. (Junior teams)
  • Scouts and Guides 12 and over who walk by themselves and complete the challenges, points gained on the challenges add up to compete for the trophy.
  • Explorers and Rangers walk like the 12 and overs. However their total walking time in minutes is added up, their challenge total deducted from this and the team with the lowest points wins.

All the teams completed the course and the results are below:

Place Team Points
1st Billingshurst Scouts "Daring Downlands" 103
2nd Sullington & Storrington Scouts "Cheyenne Elders" 102
3rd Ashington Scouts 98
4th Midhurst & Easeboune Guides
Ifold Scouts "Overnight"
92
6th Pulborough Sea Scouts 92

Junior teams (training only - not entered in the competition)

  • Billiworth Guides
  • Billingshurst Scouts "Young ones"
  • Ifold Scouts "Juniors"

 

Explorer trophy

  • Rother Valley Rangers - 94 points (1st)

 

Well done to Billingshurst Scouts and Rother Valley Rangers for coming first in their competitions - but equally well done to all of the teams for completing the course in less than ideal conditions 

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Report: 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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Report: 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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