Autumn Expeditions for Explorers and Network

Published on 26/08/2015 by David Stokes.

IMG_20150822_102205August saw members of the Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit and Blaydon member’s of the County Scout Network undertake more successful expeditions as part of their Queen’s Scout, Chief Scout and Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

A group of four Explorer Scouts from the Phoenix ESU undertook their first assessed expedition from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd August. This was their Chief Scout’s Platinum / Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award expedition, walking over two days from Hutton Rudby to Great Ayton, taking in part of the North York Moors National Park and camping overnight at Pybus Scout camp site on the edge of the Cleveland Hills.


The team walked well with just a few ‘navigation challenges’ and exhibited a good standard of camping – despite some horrendous weather on the Saturday evening, Once they were in camp there was 5-6 hours of heavy rain, hail, thunder and lightening. After the rain stopped in the early hours a gusty wind picked up, which had dried the tents by sunrise at 6am.

IMG_20150823_105445Also out over the weekend were three Queen’s Scout / Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition groups, being assessed over four days from 22nd to 25th August. Two groups of four were from the Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit and one group of four was made up of members of the County Scout Network, also based in Blaydon District.

Two of the teams were based at Pybus over the Saturday night and experienced the same storm, but the third group were holding their expedition in the eastern side of the North York Moors and missed the worst of the weather.

All three teams walked well over the four days and again – to be expected of years in Scouting – displayed a good standard of camping at their various camp sites. The teams were lucky and although it rained on the evening, they missed any serious bad weather while out walking (up to 10 hours per daty!).

The Network team even managed a ‘wild camp’ on the second night at Panther Wood (owned by a Middlesbrough Scout Group). The routes took the teams all over the northern North York Moors and one team even managed a stretch along the beach at Runswick Bay on the final day.


All four teams were passed by their Assessors and thanks go to Helen Laird and Iain Knox for giving up their time to assess the teams and to Leaders David and Brandon for supervising the expeditions.

Well done to all those young people involved – we very much look forward the seeing your expedition presentations.