Hillsborough Explorers: End of year report

The Explorer section has grown considerably over the past year and this September we welcomed our newest batch of recruits, bringing our total membership to 20 Explorer Scouts. We have also welcomed several new members to our growing leadership team.

Recent activities have included our annual curry cook-off competition, Mexican theme night, QI quiz night, indoor golf, Aerial Extreme, raft building at Underbank Activity Centre and a night hike in Greno Woods.

In August, Hillsborough Explorer Unit joined 1,500 other Scouts from all over Europe to take part in Walesby World Experience 2013. This fantastic international camp combined traditional Scouting activities such as zorbing, climbing, air rifle shooting and laser quest with live music performances and days out to create a truly memorable experience for all involved.

We continue to work towards our Scout and DofE awards with several expeditions having taken place in North Yorkshire and the Lake District over the past 12 months. By this time next year we should have a number of our members achieving their Queen’s Scout Awards, Scouting’s highest honour.

As the section continues to go from strength to strength this year promises to be our best yet.

Yours in Scouting,

Jeremy Knowles
Assistant Explorer Scout Leader

Rafting at Underbank Activity Centre

To kick off our new term we visited Underbank Activity Centre in Stocksbridge for an afternoon of raft building and other team building exercises, followed by a (somewhat successful) BBQ by the reservoir. The leader team won the rafting race with a simple yet effective design inspired by many a camp at Walesby Forest. Well done to everyone who took part and for some really impressive raft designs. Let’s make this year our best yet!

Summer Camp at Walesby World Experience 2013

This year Hillsborough Explorer Unit joined 1,500 other Scouts from all over Europe to take part in Walesby World Experience 2013. This fantastic international camp combined traditional Scouting activities such as Zorbing, climbing, air rifle shooting and laser quest with live music performances and days out to Lightwater Valley Theme Park and Lincoln to create a truly memorable experience for all involved. Take a look at our video for some of our highlights from camp.

Apex Spring Challenge 2013 Results

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Well done to Kieran, Dillon, James and Connor for completing the Apex Spring Challenge. Their results are as follows:

Sub total: 420
Caught penalties deducted: 50
Total: 370

Finishing 80th out of 86 teams.

Hillsborough Explorer Unit Highlights 2012

Here’s a selection of highlights from this year’s activities.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this year such a success.

Climbing at the Foundary

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This week’s activity was climbing at the Foundry Climbing Centre in Sheffield. Everyone had a go at belaying someone and climbing a variety of routes up to a difficulty rating of 5+. We finished the session with a go in the bouldering wall.

Apex Challenge 10th Birthday Weekend Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to Kieron, Dillon, James and Connor for completing the Apex Autumn
Challenge coming 64th out of 90. Here’s how they did:

Friday: Apex Intense: 90
Saturday: Main Event: 720
Sunday: Head Hunters: 410
Sunday: Apex Eliminator: 44

GRAND TOTAL 1264

Finishing 64th out of 90

Ice Climbing at Ice Factor, Kinlochleven

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On the final day of our Scotland Summer Camp we went for a unforgettable ice climbing experience at the world’s largest indoor ice climbing wall in Kinlochleven. Check out some of the pictures from this fantastic activity.