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Hikes Away!

It was a busy weekend at the end of September, when 2 Scout troops each took part in their own Expedition Challenge Weekend! For many this was the first opportunity to complete the Expedition Challenge since March 2020, and it certainly seems they all had a good time!

Six of the Calverton Scouts and also five of the Scouts who recently moved up to Colliers Explorers, took part in the Expedition Challenge Award. The first hike started in Bestwood Country Park, and finished at the Labray Scout and Guide HQ in Calverton. The tents were pitched in the lovely warm weather, and then the dinner was cooked on Trangia stoves, and enjoyed by all. The following morning, the Scouts and Explorers cooked their breakfast, made their packed lunches, and then prepared themselves for the next hike. This was a circular route, and throughout both hikes, observations were made in preparation for the project, which needed to be completed after the weekend.

The weather was hotter on Sunday, and the tents were all dry when we returned to the Labray after the hike, to break camp. The topics for the projects included historical buildings, the natural world, the human impact on the environment, and nature’s harvest. Everyone fulfilled the requirements of the badge, and we’re looking forward to reading the projects once they’ve been completed.

Meanwhile a small group of 5th Carlton Scouts hiked from St John’s on Oakdale Road to Sherbrooke Campsite. Whilst taking in the sights of The Dumbles, the Scouts hiked through Carlton, Gedling, Lambley, Woodborough to Calverton. Where they were able to mark the end of their Hike by cooking their dinner, on a Trangia at Sherbrooke.

Well done to all of the Scouts who took part in their respective Expedition Challenges, we can't wait to see you out on your Duke Of Edinburgh's very soon!


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