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Year 2010

Another fantastic and varied year we have had at Arctic Fox.

We have continued to grow in numbers and took in some more scouts moving up. The unit currently has 25 members which consists of 11 Girls and 14 Boys. We have also had a few leave this year due to moving on to Network and other commitments. Tim Holland the leader for 1st Felpham Scouts relinquished his position there and joined us in the New Year as an AESL, which has made the leadership team of the unit much stronger. Having a strong team behind Arctic Fox has certainly helped keep it running smoothly this year as I have recently changed jobs and have not been able to give the unit as much as previously due to working away from home.
I would like to thank Adam Rhodes, David Harwood, Tim Holland and Lizzie Stroud in their leadership support over the last year.

So what’s been happening in the unit?
In the last year we have managed to secure some different events such as Hip Hop dancing which went down really well, even the boys cut some good moves on the dance floor. Another event that took them out of their comfort zone was the Reptile Night where we had the Portsmouth Reptile Society bring along snakes, lizards, spiders and various other incredible creatures.
We also took a few explorers to the Labour conference in Brighton who put across their views in a workshop, which saw local and national politicians attend.
Just into the New Year we took a day trip to London to go open air  ice skating at the Tower of London, we also visited the Natural History Museum and Pizza Hut in Covent Garden, the day was great fun, particularly transporting 24 explorers through a packed underground system and it threatening to snow and stop the trains again, however we all got back safely.
Some of the unit attended the RAF presentation in Chichester, which raised the awareness of what our air force does and recently we invited the shelterbox charity along who gave us a talk and demonstration on how they operate and respond to disasters around the world.
Successes of the year:

We entered into two of Sussex’s major hiking events and came out with fantastic results from both. Operation Triangle was held in November and they had dreadful a night of weather, however we managed to romp home with the trophy and 1st Place.
The other hiking event was the Overland Hike where the explorers are marked for virtually everything that they do throughout the two-day incident expedition. In this event we finished 2nd place, this is the best a West Sussex team has done in many years.
We have continued to maintain links with the Royal Navy under the RN recognition scheme with the explorers that have moved up from 1st Felpham. This has given them the opportunity to work towards the different water based badges. We had explorers attend the camp at HMS Bristol, we competed in the soccer sixes tournament and we entered a team of six explorers into the HMS Raleigh swimming gala in Plymouth. This event saw us compete against many RN recognised units from around the country and we are very proud to come back with medals for the following results:-

1st     Tom Holland    U16 Breaststroke
3rd    Kerrie Lewis    U16 Backstroke
3rd    Charles King    U18 Backstroke
4th    Oliver Lewis    U18 Freestyle
5th    Oliver Grubb    U16 Freestyle

3rd     Whole Team    Squadron Relay

Other achievements for the year have been: -

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award
Lewis Powell    Matt Farrant
Joe Hawthorn  Matt Baker-Irons
  Matt Stroud


Chief Scout Platinum Award
Chief Scout Diamond Award
Lewis Powell  Matt Farrant

I would like to congratulate the above explorers on their hard work that they have put in to achieving these awards

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme still features heavily in our Explorer programme and everyone is encouraged to do it. Currently we have 15 young people doing their Bronze Award, one person working towards their Silver Award and two going for Gold.

Easter 2010 saw the launch of our website. We were able to put this together through the help of Sean Cowell a parent who has spent a lot of time coding and creating the site and I would like to thank him very much for his efforts. I would also like to thank Felpham Parish Council for their generous grant which will help to maintain the website for many years.
Please visit us at

I would also like to thank those that help keep the unit running from behind the scenes, Jonathon Stroud (Treasurer), Sue Hawthorn (Fundraiser) and John Hawthorn for auditing the accounts.
Yours in Explorers,

Simon Baker-Irons
(Explorer Scout Leader)