Surrey Scouts Expedition Challenge 2019

Date: 17th May 2019 Author: Alistair Tickett

Each year, Surrey Scouts run an Expedition Challenge.  The team from 4th Weybridge tell us about their expedition:

“The expedition challenge is a scouting event in Surrey, where a team of at least 4 people compete over 2 nights and 1.5 days to win a plaque. During the 2 days tasks such as route planning, pitching of tents and quality of food was assessed. Competition teams were completely self-sufficient carrying all their kit with them over the 2 days whereas the training teams left their kit at the campsite.

The expedition challenge was a brilliant experience for scouts across Surrey. After we had finished, we all felt a huge sense of accomplishment and achievement. All the scouts have improved their map reading and navigation skills. It was hard to keep on top of all the tasks, but I think that is what made it so much fun and interesting. It was the equivalent to a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award; doing this at the age of 13 is quite a tough thing to do! We congratulate 1st Hinchley Wood for winning and everybody for trying their best and thank the leaders for sacrificing their weekends for our benefit.

Alice said “I had the time of my life navigating through the vast hills of Surrey”. Rishikesh reflected that “I thought it helped build team working skills, I’m very proud of my accomplishment and I feel I have grown as an individual .” Dylan thought “It was an amazing weekend where scouts could put to use the valuable skills they have learned in meetings and on training hikes.””

From the 4th Weybridge competition team: Alice, Rishikesh, Lauren & Peter

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls