Well done

Last night saw us at Hetchell wood to play a wide game then welcome another 7 Explorers who were invested. There was a backlog of activity and staged badges presented and a Yorkshire challenge bronze award.

We also saw Tom, Lucy & Morgan presented with their Duke of Edinburgh bronze awards and Chief Scout’s platinum awards; great effort & well done.



Gilwell park saw 4500 Explorers descend on it for the annual Gilwell24. Explorers stay awake from 9.00am for 24 hours doing a wide range of activities from tank driving to shooting to crafts to eating ice cream.

Strangely they didn’t stay awake on the coach back home.

Off road cycling

A session was organised by one of the parents (thank you) at Leeds urban bike park so 16 of both sections of the unit enjoyed a sunny evening of coaching and riding a large area of trails.

Only a couple of tumbles and a broken rear wheel to report. Guess which one of the photos is the author’s favourite activity of the evening 🙂

Whalers win

Two teams entered the #WDWYMMC19V2 West Yorkshire monopoly metro challenge to travel as many railway stations in West Yorkshire as possible, with further points for visiting bus and police stations and NCP car parks.

Thanks to some careful planning, the Five wandering whalers team came out top; well done!

DofE bronze expedition

Our first of 2 teams this year doing their Duke of Edinburgh bronze expedition. They set off from Swinsty reservoir, walked to Bramhope and camped and then day 2 followed the Wharfe to Netherby.

During the walk they monitored flora and fauna to see the variety in the different types of landscape they travelled through. Plenty of aching limbs but still some smiles at the finish.



11 of our unit went to Brimham rocks for a climbing course run by North Yorkshire Scouts.

9 of the Explorers finished off their climber activity badge, having also been to Harrogate climbing wall previously and some also climb as part of a club.

Well done. And thanks to North Yorks. Scouts for running the course along with Sean from Elmets Explorers for looking after us.