April 9th was what has become a favourite in the Explorer Scout calendar – the “I’m an Explorer Scout – Get me Out of Here” challenge night – with plenty of individual, team, physical and food based challenges to test the resolve of even the hardiest and most experienced Explorer Scout.
Following the familiar theme of 10 challenges in two hours, this year the members of the Phoenix ESU took on:
1. Egg Roulette: A new twist, where the ‘boiled’ egg (cooked with only six minutes to set up the stoves and boil the eggs) were tested on the forehead of a member of an opposing team. Some were hard boiled in the time allowed… and some were not!
2. Doughnut Eating: Eating doughnuts tied on string hung from the rafters, while standing on a chair in the ‘stork’ position (standing on one leg, other foot on your knee and hand on your hips)
3. Table Climb: Climbing over, under and back onto a table without touching the floor (which three of the six teams managed very well)
4. Cake Eating: Simple – except for the meatballs hidden in the muffins
5. Dizzy Directions: Navigating an obstacle course blindfolded following the directions of your team mates, but after spinning ten times around a pole
6. Kangaroo Intestine Tying: Not really kangaroo intestines, but tying reef knots in sisal (string), in a tray full of tinned spaghetti – all while blinding
7. Cornflake Feeding: After our last attempt at feeding each other with breakfast cereals, this time we decided to tie spoons to bamboo canes and feed each other at a distance
8. Attention Test: A slightly less manic challenge, with teams have to write down all the changes in appearance in one of the Leaders over the course of the evening e.g. adding a ring to a finger, putting leg warmers on, tying up hair etc
9. Plank of Doom: Nice and easy – just inch backwards on a plank extending off the edge of a table, until it tips!
10. Minging Drink: The part of the meeting everyone wasn’t looking forward – drinking the ‘special’ drink prepared by the Leaders. This year two of them were nice (orange juice with food colouring), three were a little bit nasty (the nice drink with just a little bit of the ‘nasty’ drink) and a nasty drink with… all sorts of minging things in there. The teams had to drink their drinks against the clock, using multiple straws (one each) – but until they started they had no idea whether their drink was nice, a little bit nasty, or really, really nasty!
At the end of an evening of great fun three of our Explorer Scouts were presented with their Chief Scout’s Platinum / Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and Chief Scout’s Diamond / Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Awards – well done to everyone concerned.
Check out the video of the evening and the links to more photographs below:
A big thanks to Leader Rachael for preparing the evening and to all the Leaders who helped with the preparation of, and clearing up after the challenges.