Life in the Lakes: Easter Camp

What comes to mind when you think of Easter? Bunnies, too much chocolate, a few treasured days off work? Well, our Easter weekend was spent up in the Lake District, tackling activities such as sailing, canoeing, hiking and outdoor climbing. Thursday evening saw us heading up the M1 (along with what felt like half of … Continue reading Life in the Lakes: Easter Camp

Watersports & Wales: Easter Camp 2017

Easter Eggs? Check. Excited Explorers? Check. Exhilarating experiences? Check. It must be Easter Camp! On Thursday 13th April, several minibuses packed full of Explorers and their assorted kit headed up to St Brides on Wales' Pembrokeshire coast for an unforgettable Easter Camp. Friday morning started early for our Explorers; the agenda today, a 20(ish)km hike. … Continue reading Watersports & Wales: Easter Camp 2017

A Sunny Weekend on the Thames

Last weekend, the Unit dedicated itself to canoeing. Scouts from all over gathered at Longridge Activity Centre to prepare for, or complete, Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, and to improve their skills on the water. One Gold DofE team completed a grueling practice expedition along the Thames, to ensure that they were all ready for … Continue reading A Sunny Weekend on the Thames

Getting Wet on DofE Training Camp

Last weekend was the training camp for people completing their DofE expeditions by canoe. Camp started on Friday evening as we lugged barrels full of our personal kit down to Scout Park, ready to load onto the van. We also had the all-important food barrels (containing ridiculous amounts of sugar), and the group kit barrels. … Continue reading Getting Wet on DofE Training Camp

Part 2: DofE Bronze Canoeing Practice and Training Weekend

Bronze practice DofE expedition. Before the expedition had even begun, the team had the (what proved to be very) challenging task of actually getting to the campsite by ourselves. It was a smooth journey to paddington station and we arrived with plenty of time to visit Starbucks and McDonald's. We found out the train would … Continue reading Part 2: DofE Bronze Canoeing Practice and Training Weekend

Part 1: DofE Bronze Canoeing Practice and Training Weekend

Shoppers in Sainsbury’s Muswell Hill on the Thursday night before our DofE training expedition must have been baffled by the multi-uniformed gaggle of teenagers speeding round the aisles with a trolley filled with a combination of Sainsbury’s Basics and junk food. The fact that they were being apparently led by the smallest member of the … Continue reading Part 1: DofE Bronze Canoeing Practice and Training Weekend