This year the Venture Scouts have been doing a whole
variety of activities including karting, hockey, visits to the
cinema and have also started to do the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze
award. The list of activities for this is very wide and they have
been working hard to attain the award.
The ventures went to summer camp and made several friends, many of
which we have already been back to visit. The eight Ventures who
went learnt many new skills, including how to race a toilet and how
to evade leaders when returning from the disco two hours after they
were told to be back in bed! Some of the friends from summer camp
came back to visit when we had our Christmas dinner. This was held
in the Scout Hut and all the arrangements regarding cooking the
food, drinks and table ware were planned by the Ventures themselves.
The ventures attempted to do their version of can’t cook won’t cook.
The name of this was soon changed to can’t cook can’t be bothered to
Soon after this attempt, five Ventures went to the Gilwell winter
camp in January 2002. The ground was rock hard, the temperature very
cold, but a warm welcome was given us. Again, many old friends were
there and a vast array of activities were on hand, from rock
climbing, rodeo riding, disco’s, laser shooting and lassoing. The
traditional mud slide was attempted with not very good results! (see
pictures on the board).
In January the boys planned out the events for the forthcoming year,
and included building a wooden canoe, making small morse code buzzer
units and learning basic morse code techniques, remote control car
racing, bike maintenance, circuit training, a games night and video
night, backwoods cooking, rifle shooting (thanks to Ray Kilby), a
wide game at Chicksands (in the pitch dark!), river cleaning and a
bike ride. Amongst all of this, the name of the group was officially
changed to Stotfold Explorers, and the first expedition was planned
for Derbyshire. Eight Explorers and the two leaders spent the bank
holiday weekend in a Scout Hut in Derbyshire, thanks to the 1
Glossop Scout group and the Derbyshire district Officer. They also
supplied us with a leader who was one of the Mountain Rescue Teams
in the area, who took us on a 17 mile walk across the Peaks, up to
Kinder Fall and over to some fascinating airplane crash sites. On
our second day we carried out our own 6 mile walk up Win Hill above
Ladybower reservoir. Such was the success of the weekend, that all
agreed we will make it an annual event.
Another notable event was the St Georges Parade in Biggleswade. It
was pleasing for Andrew and Steve to see seven of the boys at the
parade, and we were the only section of Explorers to walk and fly
our flag as a group!
In the coming months, there are exciting changes for the group to
experience. The Explorers will work more closely with other groups
in the district and hopefully from September will be involved in one
outdoor activity weekend / day each month. The group has now settled
down to become the largest Explorers groups in the district, if not
the county, with 11 Explorers on the books, with an average weekly
turn out of between 9 and 11, despite outside commitments such as
K53 and Year 10 exams!. Both Andrew and Steve are very positive
about the future of the group and are enormously proud of what is
becoming an enthusiastic, considerate and hard working group of
young people, and both leaders are confident that the group will go
from strength to strength in the coming years.