Another terrific year for Explorer Scouting this year. Explorer numbers on Census were up slightly on last year, though a slight fall in Leader numbers.
The County Night Hike in February saw a new venue and a new route. The route proved a challenge for some, though clearly not for Galileo who romped home to win the trophy this year. A seriously cold night all round though.
March saw teams taking part in The Chase Walk again, with a very strong performance from across the County, taking all but 2 of the 8 categories, and teams from Intrepid ESU leading the way. A terrific effort!
This years’ 6 Summits in Shropshire had Explorer numbers slightly down again on previous years, but another weekend to savour.
Numerous sleep-outs, bivouacs, Unit camps, and all levels of Chief Scouts and Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions, have been held in all corners of the country, and a bit further afield. In particular, a recent monumental trip by Drake & Intrepid to Nepal. Undoubted hard work, but a terrific experience for all concerned.
We look forward to sending 18 Explorers and 2 Leaders from Solihull, joining with young people and Leaders from Coventry, to make a joint unit going to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in July/August at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, West Virginia.
A great Scouting year all round with much to celebrate, and look forward to!
Assistant County Commissioner Explorers