During last weekend, 24th & 25th of March, 60 Explorer Scouts from Woking took part in Woking District’s annual 2 day Expedition challenge. The route saw very competitive teams of 4 to 5 scouts aged 14 to 18yrs old, on a 45 kilometre hike, carrying all their equipment including food and cooking gear for the two days.
The teams had to catch the train early on the Saturday from Woking to their start point at Petersfield Station. They then had to navigate onto the South Downs and onto West Harting Downs, an Iron Age Hill and earthworks before ending the day at their campsite in Elsted where they cooked and enjoyed meals such as spicy chorizo sausages and pasta, and tasty meat balls and rice.
After a cold but frost free night sleep, Sunday started overcast and damp and the second day’s hike took the scouts northerly back to Petersfield to catch the train back to Woking.
During the expedition the Scouts had to complete a project based on their observations of the countryside and then give a humorous account of their findings.
Most of the Scouts will use the weekend experience as their practise for the Expedition section of the Chief Scouts Award and Duke of Edinburgh scheme, and will carry out their final qualifying expedition in the Brecon Beacons in Wales in May.
“The competition was very strong this year, with a wide age range of scouts with a great sense of team spirit” said Brian Pinto, Explorer Scout Commissioner for Woking, and added “and the weekend has given the scouts a taste of what to expect on the qualifying expedition in Wales.”
The winning team was the Challenger Unit based in Knaphill.