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Year 2009

WOW! What a year we have had.

Following the AGM in June 2008 there was an influx of scouts moving up from 1st Felpham; it doubled our numbers to 12 before we broke up for the summer holidays. Since the summer holidays the numbers of members have gradually risen and now sits at 22 young people. The majority of these have graduated from 1st Felpham Sea Scouts, however this does not mean we are a specialised unit only accepting sea scouts, it just means that at that particular time 1st Felpham had many numbers of the right age ready to move on, recently some people have joined the unit from South Bersted Air Scouts as we are a district based unit. It is certainly a different challenge now with many more members in the unit but just as fun. 

So what’s been happening in the unit?
During the summer months a number of explorers went to Finland with the scouts and three went to WS 2008, all had loads of stories to tell when they came back and had a great time.
Throughout the year we have done activities such as circus skills, chip shop surveys, climbing, shooting, orienteering, scrapheap challenge, scary incidents for scouts hike, bush craft skills, cooking, bowling, ice skating, bouldering, geocaching, team games and caving in Surrey. I like to think that they have had a many varied and balanced programme.

Two teams entered 'Evasion 08', a hike for West Sussex explorers and Network and I am pleased to say that one of the teams, that consisted of Matt Stroud, Jack Cullen, Matt Baker-Irons and Lizzie Stroud won it by taking 1st place.

We entered a team of six explorers into the HMS Raleigh swimming gala in Plymouth. We competed against many RN recognised units from around the country and we are very proud to come back with two medals, in 1st place was Tom Holland in the breast stroke and a 2nd place medal was won by Kerrie Lewis.
Achievements for the year have been: -
Lizzie Stroud has excelled in her first year by working hard and completing her Diamond Chief Scouts Award, being the first female in the district to achieve this. Lizzie has now started on her Queens Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Kerrie Lewis, Lewis Powell and Tom Holland completed their Gold Chief Scouts Award along with a number of explorers completing their Young Leader training. This is an excellent achievement for all of them and I hope they move on now to the next stages.

We are actively running the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and currently have eight young people doing their bronze award, three people working towards their silver and one going for gold.
I would also like to thank Dave Harwood (Adult Helper), Adam Rhodes (Assistant Explorer Scout Leader), Jonathon Stroud (Treasurer) and Sue Hawthorn (Fundraiser) for their help in running the unit, with greater numbers now it certainly is appreciated.
Yours in Explorers,
Simon Baker-Irons