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    Our Explorers cooked a two course meal last week, the first course was fine but bland as depsite a shelf full of herbs and spices in our food shelf. However the chocolate cake for afters was yummy and would have just about been ready on time is some muppet had not turned the oven off and then back on to gas mark 4 with no flames (and no gas due to the FFD) so it was not obvious the oven was off.

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    Wednesday night...
    "It's the circle of life,
    it's the wheel of pringles"!
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    And also pontoon with shreddies as gambling chips!

    Last night, tie dye using a dip dye technique. Seemed to work well. When I got there an explorer was trying to wash dye off their bare feet.

    Oh, and there's a thing called "Gift Your Gear"*, we looked through some stuff we got donated. Now have some more sleeping bags and a rucksack and holdall we can lend out.

    * It's on that facebook. The post messages with stuff like "4 man tent available in Basingrad, collection only", and if you are a leader in a youth group, and need a 4 man tent, and you live near enough to Basingrad to make it worth doing...you reply and say "me please!".
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    Out in the local woodlands for some “leave no trace” fires and dough twists. Great fun!

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    We’re well into our summer term, all completely planned and run by the Explorers (we’ve finally got them into a position where leaders are now just supporting them and organising one or two meetings a term).

    Last night was was a devilishly difficult assault course in and around the HQ. Had to prompt the explorer leading it to do a dynamic risk assessment, and no major injuries thankfully!

    Then asked them them all to write a couple of lines to give to our district DESC for the AGM update. I didn’t change anything they wrote and copied it word for word, shared it with them on our Facebook group, and I thought I’d share it here for interest.

    Some clear steers on more camps and district link up. Interesting because district events aren’t well attended and we leaders are struggling with doing more camps than we do currently (once term usually, plus many others organised by others like Gilwell, district camp, and as young leaders on scout and cub camps). I think the Yorkshire challenge is great, but struggling to find the time as leaders to camp once every few weeks!! 2170A5E2-3775-499C-876C-750825481AFF.jpeg

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    Well before we enter Explorers silly season (exams) we spent last night doing our good turn, litter picking a very messy and very visible crossroads green area in our neighbourhood. Really pleased we had a good attendance, and that the entire suggestion and location was all driven by one of the Explorers.

    We don’t do it for the thanks, obviously, but 2 hours on hands and knees with some truly awful stuff found, 5 bin bags full, and a slight feeling of deflation realising it was such a tiny patch, has been somewhat countered by an enormous response from the community on local forums. I feel relieved that the Explorers got a bit of extra recognition for their service, even though everyone actually had a fairly chilled out and sociable evening!
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    Ours are already in exam silly season sadly.

    Those that did come had to have several goes at writing a full set of instructions to the Jam Sandwich Making Robots. Quite entertaining. If you don't specify a quantity, the robots won't know when to stop!
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    Last weekend.... we had a very chilled out spring camp with explorers. We ran it as an exam season decompress, with some archery, hammocking, and some great campfire cooking (pizza, cowboy chilli, barbecue), teaching them to play poker, doing some scouts own etc.

    Only 6 of them took up the offer, as so many are completely swamped with school stress at the moment, and we have a big cohort in GCSE year. Nevertheless they seemed to find it a welcome antidote.

    One benefit we found as leaders was to go see a slightly different combination of explorers working together outside of their usual friendship groups and in a much small patrol size. We were able to leave them to it at bit more and their skills really came out. Great to see.

    Weíve found in the past that 10-15 explorers camping stick as one group, and they tend to sit back and wait for others to do something. Itís highlighted a gap in our feeder Scout troop where the last 5 years theyíve not run a patrol system so they young people arenít coming up to explorers with that experience. Since last year weíve actually started running a formal patrol system in explorers, and itís nice to see it starting to really click.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianw View Post
    Ours are already in exam silly season sadly.

    Those that did come had to have several goes at writing a full set of instructions to the Jam Sandwich Making Robots. Quite entertaining. If you don't specify a quantity, the robots won't know when to stop!
    We tried this last night, great fun! Surprised just how into it they were.

    Plus a bit of QM stores tidy up, and flying flag at half mast for d day... they even asked to do a scouts own at the end 🤔
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    At the local lido, paddle-boarding, kayaking, canoeing, thanks to the local canoe club. I even got a go, and they didn't tip me out!
    Ian Wilkins
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianw View Post
    At the local lido, paddle-boarding, kayaking, canoeing, thanks to the local canoe club. I even got a go, and they didn't tip me out!
    Honestly, what sort of explorers have you there when they didn’t gang up to dump you in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big George View Post
    Honestly, what sort of explorers have you there when they didnít gang up to dump you in the water.
    I know! Me and another leader were pootling around, mostly staying out the way, then two likely herberts paddled up each side of us with mischievous intent we were sure. We claimed that because the other leader in my canoe having forgotten to put a helmet on was a sound reason to not be mean. Yeah, kids these days. We got out very shortly after as our good luck surely wouldn't hold a second time.
    Was bizarre to walk away from a canoeing session dry I must say.
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