This is going to be an amazing opportunity for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members in Cheshire. For the first time Cheshire is coordinating an Explorer Belt Expedition to Europe with some “in-Country” support.
The award is open to Explorer Scouts over 16, members of the Scout Network (18-25).
Groups can have 3 to 7 members, although guidelines state that only older candidates should work in a pair. In order to achieve the award, the group must spend 10 days in a foreign country and work towards a major project of their choice. They are also asked to complete a further 10 smaller projects – some of their own choice, and some set by the award judges. During this time they must cover 100 miles (~160 km), usually hopping between small villages.
The group must complete all plans and organisation for the expedition, and are also asked to take part in a debrief and then provide a presentation.
They do not need to walk during the expedition (alternatives are horse riding, cycling or canoeing), and may use public transport for up to 15% of the total distance travelled. Since the focus is on learning about the country the candidates are visiting, only an average of a few hours of travelling is required per day.
The plan is take participants to Europe where they will start their expedition and then bring everybody home at the end of the expedition. There will be training camps and support for groups of participants who will need to design and plan their own “in-Country” expedition.
If this sounds exciting and a challenge you are interested in then the first step is to attend this information evening to meet the organising team on Monday 23rd March, 7:20 at The Heath Conference Centre in Runcorn. You are welcome to attend on your own but we encourage Explorer Scouts to bring their parents with them. Turning up on the night is not a commitment to take part but we think you will be so excited at our plans that it will be irresistible and parents will be re-assured about our plans!
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