Explorer Scouts (Explorers) are a section of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom for 14 – 18 year olds.
As part of a great change in the Scout movement, the aim of the section is to provide a flexible and active Scouting programme for adolescents and young adults, with an emphasis on personal challenge and adventure.
We were fortunate to have two young Explorers visit our club with their leaders this week to tell us about the 24 day adventure which they are planning in Kenya this summer. A total of 29 Scouts from Dorset will take an 8 hour flight to Nairobi and then a 5 hour drive by jeep simply to arrive at their destination of Meru.
They will be leading working parties working on projects in Meru to improve living standards in the community. including building extensions to a hospital and a school, and building homes to achieve better living conditions – it is possible to build a home in four weeks. These projects are designed to provide the facilities necessary to enable the communities to be self sufficient, for example the school will be used for adult education as well as for children. so the whole community will benefit and have a chance of a better life.
During their time in Meru they will visit a school where they will assist with teaching IT, English language. maths and science.
This experience in Kenya will give these youngsters an opportunity to make a difference to other peoples’ lives and in the process they themselves will achieve:
- Increased self confidence
- Feel a part of something greater
- Interact with people from another culture
- Work towards the international badge
When they have finished this work they will take a few days out to climb mount Kenya (Gods Mountain) which at 16,000 feet is the second highest in Kenya. This 4 day trek, with night time temperatures which can go down to -25C, together with high altitudes, will present them with a significant challenge and it is expected that only one in three of them will actually make it to the top.
To go on this trip costs £2,200 each and they have a programme of activities to achieve a fund raising target of 50% of the cost. So far in Sherborne they have done:
- Cake sale
- Bag Pack
- Raffle Tickets
- Carpenter Arms Open day organised
- Quiz night
- And more …
If you see Explorers Stuart Marsh or James Wendell, or their leaders Patrick Cullen or Shane Cullen, in Sherborne on a fund raising activity, please do give generously to these hard working youngsters.