Woking Explorer Challenge Camp 2011

Teams from each of Woking's five Explorer Units competed with each other over the weekend of 9th October to try and win the District Challenge Trophy.

After two days of challenging, Oriental themed tasks, Phoenix Unit from Byfleet emerged victorious, closely followed by Challengers from Knaphill. And, in a Challenge Camp first, last place team, Mavericks, from Westfield, walked away with the new 'Golden Bog Seat Trophy!'


Challenges included the building and racing of pioneered 'rickshaws,' balancing 'stork-like' on logs, a chopstick relay race, and constructing assault courses. The Explorers also enjoyed a crash course in Kung-Fu, and an authentic Oriental dinner.


Back to Basics at Birchmere!

Torrential down pours and strong winds did not deter over 45 Explorer Scouts enjoying a fun packed weekend at Woking Scouts' own campsite in Wisley for their last camp of the school year.

During the weekend Explorer scouts representing ; Challenger unit from Knaphill, Martian unit from Horsell, the Wey Ahead unit from Pyrford the Maverick unit based in Westfield and the Phoenix unit in Byfleet, had to build their own shelters to sleep in, construct an oven using oil drums, and with the aid of geocaching on Wisley common, find their food for the weekend.

 

Using their ovens the scouts in teams of four cooked delicious meals such as toad in the hole, lasagne and pasta bake. The highlight of the meals was cooking and eating Crocodile, Ostrich and Kangaroo.

The weekend was aimed as a chill out and relaxing camp for the Explorers, after a full term of school and college exams and an opportunity to try new things using old skills.

2011 Lightweight Challenge - Liss to Witley

11 teams entered and the winners? Martians from Horsell!

 

2011 County Night Hike - Mavericks Win Advanced Course

On the evening of Saturday 6th March, over 200 Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18 from Surrey converged on the countryside in West Sussex for the Surrey Explorer scouts annual Night Incident Hike.

Woking was represented by two teams the Challenger Unit in Knaphill, five from the Weyahead Unit in Pyrford, two teams from the Martian unit in Horsell, three from the Maverick Unit in Westfield and a young team from the Phoenix Unit based in Byfleet.

Over a nine hour period and in cold and extremely muddy conditions 34 teams from Surrey had to complete a gruelling 23km hike around the Weir Wood Reservoir area, visiting checkpoints and manned bases, where they had to complete activities such as assault courses, blindfold archery, survival skills and mystery puzzles.

One of our teams led by Ben Lineham, together with Ben Holcombe, Tom Andrews, Rob Jones and Ross Unwin from The Maverick unit in Westfield won the Advanced Challenge, and were presented with the Bruce Wood Trophy by Richard Shortman, County Commissioner for Surrey.

The Intermediate trophy was won by a team from Runnymede with the Martian Unit taking second place and the Weyahead team coming third.

It was also good news for the Juno Network Scout team from Woking who came second, with Reigate taking first place in the competition for scouts aged 18yrs to 25 yrs old.

Young Leader & Expedition First Aid - March 2011

Over 30 Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18 from the Woking Explorer Young Leader Unit, completed the Emergency Aid module from the Scout associations Young leader training scheme, last weekend.


All the Young leaders assist at Beaver Scout colonies, Cub Scout packs and Scout Troops in the Borough.

Organised by Mike Baxter, Youth Services Manager for the British Red, the young people were put through their paces, on how to deal with both domestic and adventurous activity situations including the type of injuries, they may come across, whilst on Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions. They were put through a number of scenarios, to put their theory to the test.

Explorers help Wildlife Trust with Brush Bashing on Wisley Common

 

Magnificent Seven !!!

Queens and Gold Awards for Woking Explorer Scouts - January 2011

Seven scouts from Woking’s Explorer and Network Units have achieved the highest award for a youth member in the Scout Association - the Queens Scout Award, and at a special ceremony held at the Lakeside Restaurant at the University of Surrey, on Friday 7th January, they received their certificates from Rob Douglas, the High Sheriff of Surrey.

To achieve the Award, they had to complete a variety of subjects and activities. In front of an audience of over one hundred friends, family and the Mayor of Woking, the seven Scouts aged 17 and 23 years old gave a detailed presentation of the tasks they had to do to complete all the requirements for the award.

The activities they undertook included completing a 100km, 4 day expedition on the North York Moors and Dartmoor, training as Young Leaders and assisting at their local Beaver, Cubs or Scout meetings for over two years for the Service section.

For their Residential section, Terry Wellerd an Assistant explorer leader, under took a training course at HMS Raleigh and qualified as a Royal Naval Reserve, whilst Ben Daniell an explorer scout in Knaphill, spent Christmas sailing with The Tall Ships Trust round the South coast on a 75 feet Challenger yacht and gained his RYA Crew certificate. For his part, Chris Mulvihill from Goldsworth Park assisted with a Pilgrimage to Lourdes which was organised by his school St John the Baptist in Kingfield. Jolyon Cole from Woodham joined over 100 young people from around the UK, in Epping Forest to complete a five day conservation project, clearing trees and building walk ways and bridges.

For the Physical section of the award Freddie Pollard gained the RYA Competent Crew Certificate at Windsurfing and Rory Maynard is a member of the National Fencing Association, and competes for Durham University. Both are members of the Woking Scout Network Section (18 to 25 yrs old).

Challenge Camp 2010

Over 60 Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18 and their leaders from the Borough spent a very warm and sunny weekend (10th and 11th Oct) at Woking districts’ own campsite on Wisley Common, for their Annual Challenge camp.

The weekend began with 20 Young Leaders being instructed on Communication skills, when working with the beaver, cubs and scout section who they assist with as explorer scout young leaders. The training session was run by Bob Crampton, the Network Scout Leader for Woking.

During the weekend Explorer scouts representing the Challenger unit from Knaphill, Martian unit from Horsell, the Wey Ahead unit from Pyrford, the Phoenix Unit in Byfleet and the Maverick unit based in Westfield, competed for the Annual Challenge Trophy.

 

With a Medieval theme for the weekend, Saturday began with the scouts gutting and skinning rabbits and plucking a brace of partridge and cooking a lunch, using various tasty and succulent sauces, followed in the afternoon with various activities, such as archery, jousting, and a pillow fight on a large bouncy castle. Other activities during the camp included wide games on the common. Saturday evening ended with a non alcholic Pub quiz based on old and modern lifestyles, which was organised by John Jarman from the Weyahead Unit.

The camp is organised by the Explorer scout committee, consisting of members from each of the six units and is open to all of the 120 explorer scouts and Young Leaders in Woking. The competition this year was very close and the trophy was won for the second year by the WeyAhead unit from Pyrford.

Woking Explorers 'Chilled Out' Camp!

Over the weekend of 28th and 29th March, more than 30 Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18 from around the District took part in a training weekend for Woking's annual hiking competition. The route, which was organised by District Explorer Scout leader, Martin Fleetwood saw teams of 4 to 5 scouts on a 38 kilometre hike, carrying all their equipment including food and cooking gear for the two days.

On the Saturday morning they carried out a 4-hour navigation exercise, walking from south of Guildford carrying all their equipment arriving at the site in time for a pioneering exercise, where in teams they had to construct an obstacle course and challenge the various explorer units to complete in the fastest time. This was followed in the evening with a glow in the dark Ultimate Frisbee tournament and ending the day with a blazing campfire.

Sunday had the scouts taking part in navigational skills such as ‘spiral searches’ which they would possibly use when hiking in wild country.

The scouts had to cater for themselves, and on the menu were succulent dishes such as chorizo sausages cooked in a pesto sauce, with olives and mushrooms and pasta, followed with a dried fruit stew and custard. All cooked on methylated spirit Tragia stoves.

The weekend was the part of their on going training for the 2 and 3 day Expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. After completing the course the scouts will carry out their ‘Qualifying ‘expeditions in the Black Mountains in Wales in May.

Woking Explorer Scouts – Fun on a Bouncy castle !

Over 45 Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18 from the Borough together with their leaders spent the last weekend of the summer term at Woking Scout’s own campsite, Birchmere in Wisley for their last camp of the school year.

During the weekend Explorer scouts representing; Challenger unit from Knaphill, Martian unit from Horsell, the Wey Ahead unit from Pyrford the Maverick unit based in Westfield and Woking’s Young Leader unit, enjoyed a fun packed weekend of activities, including challenges involving sticky jelly and runny custard on a massive 75 feet bouncy assault course; cooking a continental style bbq; taking part in silly and fun games including giant twister, and other old style garden games.

Brian Pinto, District Explorer Scout Commissioner said “The weekend was aimed as a chill out and relaxing camp for the Explorers, after a full term of school and college exams and an opportunity for some of the new scouts joining us next term to meet the Explorers from the five units in Woking.” He went onto say "My thanks must go to our hard working Leaders, camp staff and the Explorer Scouts themselves for making this a great weekend".

Challenge for Woking Scouts and Explorer Scouts

After a series of training sessions which began last October covering subjects such as navigation, cooking skills and emergency aid, 18 Explorer Scouts, and 17 Scouts from Woking District, together with their adult volunteerLeaders made their way along the M4 to Brecon, for some fun and challenging hikes over the bank holiday weekend.

Arriving at their campsite in Llangorse around 11 p.m. on Friday night, the Scouts pitched camp and bedded down after the long journey, ready for an early start on the Saturday.

Scouts in teams of 4 or 5 scouts, completed high level walks Including Sugar Loaf and Fan Y Big peaks with qualified and experienced walking leaders in the Brecon Beacons. Two teams of Explorer Scouts completed their 3-day expedition covering a distance of about 50 kilometres walking from the Taf Fechan Forest on the edge of the Pentwyn Resevoir to Brecon via Sugar Loaf in the east.

During the weekend 1 other team of younger Explorers completed a 2-day 25 kilometre expedition walking from Abergavenny following part of the Beacon way to Cwmdu and back to Llangorse. 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 the resevoirs have on the community. The expeditions were the final part of their Chief Scout Gold Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme's expedition section. The younger 13yr old scouts carried out both high and low level hikes and were also able to appreciate how maps looked in three dimensions by seeing the features of mountain and valleys and picking out land marks.

Brian Pinto, the Explorer Scout Commissioner for Woking said " This is the culmination of 7 months training and it was a fantastic weekend for both the young people and the Leadership team, not only to experience the outdoors, but also to learn new skills and put them into practise".

During the weekend some of the Scouts were also able to make use of an impressive climbing and abseiling centre attached to the campsite at Gilfach.

Woking Explorer Scouts Annual Lightweight Hike Competition 2009

Over the weekend of 28th and 29th March, more than 30 Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18 from around the District took part in the Woking's annual hiking competition. The route, which was organised by District Explorer Scout leader, Martin Fleetwood saw teams of 4 to 5 scouts on a 38 kilometre hike, carrying all their equipment including food and cooking gear for the two days.

In bright sunshine the second day's hike took the scouts across to Farley Heath and Blackheath and then up to Newlands Corner via St Martha's.

During the expedition the Scouts had to complete a historical and environmental based project, on the Wey and Arun Canal and the Ewhurst Windmill and give a humorous account of their findings. A team led by Aaron Gauntlet from The Maverick Unit in Westfield won the competition. The route for the first day started at Rudgwick early on the Saturday morning. The teams had to navigate across the Surrey Hills to Shalford and then to Pitch Hill ending the first day at Surrey Scouts campsite near Shere, where the teams spent a night under canvas, in temperatures below -3 degrees centigrade.

The winning team of Aaron Gauntlett, James Masser, Craig Ellis and Matt Pike

Woking Explorer Scouts - Win Again!

Saturday evening, the 7th March, saw nearly 200 Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18 converged on the Surrey Hills, south of Dorking for Surrey County Explorer scouts annual Night Incident Hike. They were joined by two teams from the Challenger Unit in Knaphill, two from the Weyahead Unit in Pyrford and two teams from the Martian unit in Horsell who all represented Woking.

Over a nine hour period and in cold, wet and extremely muddy conditions 33 teams from Surrey had to complete a gruelling 23km hike, visiting checkpoints and manned bases, where the teams had to complete activities such as assault courses, blindfold archery, survival skills and mystery puzzles.

One of the teams led by Nick Daniell, together with Will Smith, Elliot Francis and Alex Pain from The Challenger unit in Knaphill won the competition for the third time in four years, and were presented with the Bruce Wood Trophy by Phil Currie, Deputy County Commissioner for Surrey.

Anita Hardcastle, Explorer Scout Leader of the Challenger unit said "It was brilliant news, when I heard that our team had won again especially as three of the team had only joined the unit in October"

The winning team, Nick Daniell, Elliot Francis, Alex Pain, Will Smith being presented with the trophy by Phil Currie Deputy County Commissioner for Surrey

Nick Daniell and Robert Taylor receive their Queen's Scout Awards

Woking District Scout Leaders, past and present, were proud to attend the presentation of Nick Daniell & Robert Taylor's Queen Scout Award on Friday 23rd January 2009