Explore The Somme

Between: 24th July 2024 - 28th July 2024 Location: Albert, Somme Sections: Explorer Scouts Event Organiser: Andrew Carvell

Explore The Somme

Between: 24th July 2024 – 28th July 2024
Location: France
Sections: Explorer Scouts

The Somme is a beautiful, tranquil region in northern France.  It’s ideal for independent exploration by small teams of scouts.

In many ways, the Somme is much like Surrey.  The undulating Somme countryside is a patchwork of fields, woods, chalk downs, villages and small towns.  Quiet country roads link places of interest.  The climate is very similar.

However, 100 years ago it could not have been more different.  Thousands upon thousands of people were being wounded and killed in the battles of the first world war.  On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, there were 60,000 British casualties.  Every person who was hurt or died was someone’s friend, brother or son.

This new expedition gives Explorer Scouts the opportunity to explore the Somme region in small teams of five to seven scouts either by cycling or walking.

Over the five days from Wednesday, 24th July to Sunday, 28th July 2024, you will have the opportunity:

  • To visit trench systems, battlefields, memorials and Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) sites associated with the Battle of the Somme
  • To learn about individual soldiers who were involved in the first world war and understand more about what happened to them
  • To take part in an act of Remembrance at the Thiepval memorial.

The expedition will be run as a mini-Explorer Belt with teams visiting sites independently.  Overall, we expect you will return with:

  • An awareness of the people who took part in the Battle of Somme and the events of the first world war
  • A sense of how the past affects today and could affect the future
  • Improved skills in teamwork, communication and leadership because of working in a small team.

To take part in the expedition, you will need:

  • To be an Explorer, or possibly a Scout currently aged 13
  • To have an interest in cycling expeditions and own or be able to borrow a suitable bicycle, or have an interest in walking expeditions
  • Ideally, to have completed your Bronze DofE Award expedition or your Chief Scout’s Platinum Award expedition or equivalent by the time of the Explore the Somme expedition
  • To attend two training events on Saturday 3rd February and the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April
  • To be ready to be part of a small team of 5 to 7 Explorers within a larger expedition totalling 40 to 50 Explorers and Leaders.

If you’re interested in the Explore the Somme expedition, please complete the registration form at this link and attend one of the two information sessions on either Tuesday 28th November at 7:30pm or Thursday 7th December at 6pm.

Albert, Somme

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
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