This August nine Hagley Explorer Scouts (four boys and five girls) undertook their ‘Explorer Belt’ Expedition to Germany.
The Explorer Belt is a challenge of a lifetime like no other. It is a chance to take part in a 10-day expedition that brings a real understanding of a different country, its culture and way of life by travelling through that country, working as part of a small team to complete a series of projects and, most importantly, by meeting local people. It is an experience and an achievement that young people will remember for the rest of their lives.
The two teams backpacked across Germany starting in Hannover and made their way to Berlin, passing through such historic cities as Magdeburg and Potsdam on their way. Due to the distances involved they also used public transport but trekked on average 15 to 20 kilometres a day, camping overnight.
The teams had to raise all the funds (nearly £10,000) to meet the costs of such a lengthy and large Expedition, and also had to undertake all the planning, and preparation themselves. Guidance and training was given over a period of over 12 months by the Explorer Leadership Team, in such competences as navigation, team building, expedition cooking, lightweight camping, fitness and first aid. Each team member had to attain these competences before they were allowed to go.
Travelling to Hannover by minibus the teams then took completely different routes to Berlin, supported by the Leaders. Each team had to undertake a major project of their choice which were German Unification and the East West divide, as well as 10 minor projects that included religion, biodiversity, food and the German language to name a few.
The Expedition was a great success, although hard and extremely challenging on occasions. To gain their award the teams gave an evening presentation of their experiences to a panel of County Scout assessors, parents, leaders and friends. They will now be awarded the Explorer Belt, which is without doubt one of the hardest Scouting achievements.
Jim Austin, Scott Explorer Scout Leader
Hagley Scout Group congratulate Lucia, Jenny, Tim, Ellie, Emily, Ellie, Eden, George and Jonny on their achievement
Last update: Saturday 30 December 2017
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