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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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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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Petworth Park Camp 2018
05/09/2018 By Chris Evans

Petworth Park Camp 2018

 

Petworth Park Camp is a joint event between Petworth & Pulborough Scouts and Petworth Division Guides. It takes place on the first May Bank Holiday weekend every year. The camp started in 1979 has has only missed one year in 2001 due to the Foot & Mouth epidemic. The event will celebrate 40 years in 2019.

 

The camp setup starts on Friday morning with unit leaders arriving to setup their mess tents in the afternoon. The young people join us on Saturday morning to put up their tents and arrange their camping areas before the opening ceremony and lunch. The afternoon is mix of group activities with this year having an obstacle course, a treasure hunt to tie in with this years Pirates theme, an inflatable featuring a rotating bar to jump and duck or get knocked off and flag making to decorate the subcamps. Saturday evening was a mix of subcamp activities and a movie; Muppets Treasure Island.

 

Sunday is the big activity day with 4 zones of activities, the young people can do any activity in the zone as many times as they like, a coloured wristband tells them which zone to be in. Activities this year included archery, rifle shooting, crossbows, aerial runway, knots & woggles, mountain boards, mountain bikes, fire lighting, caving, slacklines, make and do, sweet making, abseiling, climbing, geocaching and team problem solving.

 

Monday is pack up day when everyone hopes for dry weather, this year was superb with 4 days of wall to wall sunshine - not a wet tent in sight! At the closing ceremony, Robert Sawyer, the Scouts County Commissioner was on hand to present Ann Pike, SAS Manager & ADC Inclusion with her Award for Merit and justly deserved.

 

Petworth Park Camp couldn’t go ahead without all the hard work and support of the organising team, unit leaders and helpers, the young people, the National Trust and in particular the Scout Active Support, the Trefoil Guild, all of our activity helpers and instructors and the manpower of the Explorer section. Thank you to all of you.

 

Petworth Park Camp 2019 is 3rd - 6th May 2019 (TBC)

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