Brecon May 2017

Woking Explorer Scouts go West.


Woking Explorer Scouts go West.

After 8 months of training covering subjects such as navigation, cooking skills and emergency aid, 50 Explorer Scouts, from the 5 Units in the borough, together with 21 leaders made their way along the M4 to Brecon, for a weekend of fun and challenging hikes.

Arriving at their campsite in Llangorse near Brecon at around 11.00 p.m. on the Friday the scouts pitched camp and bedded down for the night, ready for an early start on the Saturday. With sunshine and fantastic views some of the scouts in teams of 4 or 5 scouts, completed high level walks in the Black Mountains Including Pen y fan, and Waun Fach, as well as Garvey Goch, the World War Two Wellington Bomber memorial site.

Five teams of Explorer Scouts completed their 3-day expedition covering a distance of about 50 kilometres walking from Talgarth, around Waun Fach to Crickhowell and Talybont and then back up to Llangors.

During the weekend 4 other teams of younger Explorers completed a 2-day 25 kilometre expedition walking from Crickhowell following part of the Beacon way to Cwmdu and back to Llangorse Lake, on the Monday. En route the scouts had to complete their chosen projects, on subjects such as the effect of tourism on the paths, historic buildings and the effects of rivers and lakes have on the community. The Expeditions was the final part of their Chief Scouts Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme’s Bronze & Silver Expedition section.

Another group of 7 explorers completed a 3 day gruelling expedition as part of their official Practise, for the Queen Scouts and D of E Gold awards, covering around 25km a day in the wildest parts of the Black Mountains. They will now go on to complete a 4 day Expedition on Dartmoor in July.

it was a fun weekend for all the scouts and unlike the Surrey Hills, the terrain was much more challenging and interesting and their training in the last two terms certainly paid off and helped them to cope with the varying weather conditions and tested their navigation skills.