Published on 15/04/2015 by David Stokes.

IMG_20150411_16141111th – 14th April 2015 was the busiest expedition weekend the Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit has ever seen.

After more than 10 days of preparing paperwork and logistics over a period of 6+ weeks, 4 expeditions teams consisting of 18 Explorer Scouts covered 13 expedition days and walked more than 200 Kms between them.

Six members of the Unit were taking part in their Chief Scout’s Platinum / Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award 2 day expedition, with four members of the team being assessed and succesfully completing their expedition (apart from their presentation which is still to come).

IMG_20150411_175852Four members were taking part in their Chief Scout’s Diamond / Duke of Edinburh’s Silver Award 3 day expedition, with all four members of the team being assessed and again succesfully completing their expedition.

Finally, two groups of four members were undertaking their four day Queen’s Scout Award / Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold practice expedition, and although they found the extra day hard going, walked well and finished strong.

IMG_20150412_090605All four groups navigated well and showed a high standard of expedition camping. They also coped well with the weather, which was quite mixed. Saturday, Monday and Tuesday we’re mixed with sunny spells, but Sunday saw rain and Saturday and Monday evening were very windy on some of the more exposed campsites. Some teams even saw a brief snow and hail shower on the moors on the Saturday.

All of the teams chose their own routes and campsites in the North York Moors, which some evenings saw two teams on the same site. A team of three Leaders plus an external assessor supported the teams over the four days and across the breadth of the North York Moors National park.

IMG_20150414_105620David Stokes, District Explorer Scout commissioner who pulled together the logistics and who drove more than 1,000 Km over the four days said “It was our most complex expedition weekend so far, with supervising and assessing four groups at different ends of the National Park. However, it meant that each group were able to undertake their own personal expedition which is what this is all about.”

Congratulations go to all of the Unit members who took part and successfully completed their expeditions, and best wishes for August, which will see teams out again, including two Queen’s Scout Award / Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Assessed expeditions along with more Silver Chief Scout’s Platinum/Diamond and Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze/Silver groups out.

Thanks also to Leaders Simon and David, District Commissioner Helen and Assessor Jonathan for giving up their time to make the expeditions possible.