Climbing at Awesome Walls

On Monday 20th October we took our Explorers for a rock climbing session at Awesome Walls indoor climbing centre in Sheffield. The previous week we had gone through some of the theory behind climbing and this week saw the practical application of what they had learned. For those who wish to persue climbing as a hobby we plan to take a a small group out to do some climbing on real rock in the Peak District and help them earn their Climber badge.

Xploreration 2014

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(No Hopers at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre)

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(No Hopers at Sheffield Winter Gradens)

Well done to team No Hopers and team Dom Joly who both took part in Xploreration 2014. Xplorerartion is a county wide activity in which teams of 4 -6, using public transport and their feet only, have to visit as many places as possible from a list of ‘sites of interest’ around South Yorkshire, gaining points for each site visited. The more awkward a site is to visit via public transport, the more points it’s worth.

Congratulations to team No Hopers who came an impressive 3rd out of 14 teams.

Volunteer day with the Eastern Moors Partnership

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On saturday 11th January Hillsborough Explorers spent the day volunteering with the Eastern Moors Partnership helping to surface a section of the concessionary bridleway on Big moor. The new bridalway will make it easier for walkers and cyclists to get about over some of the more boggy areas of the moor. The day was organised as part of our work towards our Environmental Partnership Award.

Chief Scout Diamond Award presentation evening

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Well done to Joe, Connor and David (and Gabe) for achieving their Chief Scout Diamond Awards this week. They finished a 3 day expedition in the North York Moors in August to compete the requirements for their Diamond Award, the second highest award in Scouting.

Cardboard castle wars!

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This week saw two rival teams, The White Riders and The Nazguls, battle it out for control of our HQ. The Nazguls routed the opposing faction, reducing their fortifications to rubble, thereby securing their grip on the HQ.

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!

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 Explorers Help City Homeless at Christmas

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Scouts from the Wadsley, Worrall and Hillsborough area have been busy collecting food items in the run up to Christmas in support of the Cathedral Archer Project, a Sheffield based charity that helps feed homeless and vulnerable people across the city.

The Scouts, from Hillsborough Explorer Unit and 150th Sheffield Scout Group, have collected over 200 items of food as part of a food drive on behalf of the Sheffield homeless charity. The youngsters, comprising Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts aged 5-18 years old, donated items of food from home, which will be delivered to the project in time for Christmas.

The Cathedral Archer project was founded in 1990 as a breakfast project and now works with homeless and vulnerable people in Sheffield to help them find pathways away from homelessness and exclusion. The project provides free meals from their purpose built premises attached to Sheffield Cathedral and relies heavily on public donations.

Tracy Viner, from the Cathedral Archer Project said: “This hard work and support makes such a difference to our clients. The food is vital but the knowledge that these young people have being thinking of them has a huge impact too. Without the food donations, the money we raise would have to be diverted away from the activities and classes we run to help people gain skills and knowledge and move on. Thank you to everyone that has been involved.”

David Wright, Group Scout Leader at 150th Sheffield Scout Group said: “It’s been really great to see all our young members pull together to support this worthwhile cause. One of the key aims of scouting is to support your local community and this is even more important in today’s economic climate. Christmas is a time for giving and thinking about those less fortunate than ourselves.”