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.
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.
To kick off the new term we organised a welcome back rafting competition at Underbank Activity Centre in Stocksbridge. The leaders came first in the raft building competition for the second year running, quickly followed by a team made up of some of our newest members. However, we saw some very impressive and imaginative raft designs this year. Who knows, maybe next year one of the Explorer teams might beat actually the leaders.
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.
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.