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Year 2012

 

AGM REPORT 2012

 

As I sit here writing this report I am not thinking about what I need to put in but if there is anything I can leave out so that I don’t write a novel. Each year the unit’s dynamics change and this last year has been no exception, we took a slight dip in numbers with young members moving on and then shortly after we took a big group in from Felpham and Middleton scouts, taking our numbers up to 40, now giving us a 50/50 split between boys and girls. Of the forty strong group we have twelve practising young leaders providing support to groups across the district and developing their own leadership skills.

I would like to thank my leadership team Adam Rhodes, Tim Holland, Dave Harwood, Mark Littleboy and Jonathan Stroud who all help to keep the unit running smoothly.

 

So what have we been doing?

 

Arctic Fox were extremely supportive of District events this year which included good attendance at the carnival and helping with the float preparation and practise sessions, excellent turnout for the Remembrance Day parade, a great delivery of the Naval finale at the Gang Show in February and in the playlet during the St Georges day service.

We also attended many of the Royal Navy Recognised Explorer Scout Activities that included; Soccer 6's – for this we had a willing team but with very tough opposition at HMS Excellent. The RN Swimming Gala was another year of successes with a selection of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in individual strokes and the relays at HMS Raleigh. We also had four explorers go to the RN Explorer camp in the autumn; they experienced assorted water based activities at HMS Excellent.

We were also very privileged to support the extremely successful 1st Felpham RN Inspection.

 

We are always looking for activities to do that are different and that give the explorers a varied, challenging and exciting programme allowing them as many opportunities as possible, some of the activities we have done are line dancing, Bin Bag Fashion, Ice skating at Royal Pavilion in Brighton, visits to the Police Station and Fire Station, along with many other activities. Currently we are split up into a five week programme doing Climbing, Shooting, Fencing, Conservation and Bushcraft. Splitting up into smaller groups and running activities simultaneously takes a lot of organisation but is worth it as the explorers can fully take part and get the most from the activities.

We have done a variety of weekend camps including the National Sedan Chair Rally, I’m an explorer scout get me outta here; where we had tears, laughter and tantrums, HMS Bristol and various D of E Expeditions.

Our water skills have been expanded to cover some kayaking & sailing plus power boating where a number have gained their RYA Power Boat 2 qualification.

Successes of the Year

 

2011/12 has been another great year that has once again made me very proud to lead such a unit. Below is a list of our achievers.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze                   Duke of Edinburgh Silver

Verity Baker-Irons                                  Amber Perrett

Connie Holland                                      Rachel Farrant

Beth Jarvis                                            Ollie Grubb

Molly Littleboy                                      Joanna Lampard

Chloe Beadell                                        Lewis Powell

Eleanor Harwood

Matthew Gobey

Jared Gobey

Millie Waters

Daniel Embleton

Tessa Shipton

Cameron Smyth

Connor Grubb

Lauren Armstrong

 

Chief Scouts Award Platinum

Megan Smith

Amber Perrett

Rachel Farrant

Verity Baker-Irons

Matthew Gobey

Chloe Beadell

Eleanor Harwood

James Slater

Connie Holland

I would like to congratulate all the above explorers on their hard work and commitment 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 4 young people doing their Bronze Award, 19 young people working towards their Silver Award and 4 going for Gold. My focus in the future will be to encourage more explorers to progress to the relevant Chief Scouts Award.

 

I look forward to 2012/13 as another challenging and rewarding year.

 

Yours in Explorers,

 

Simon Baker-Irons

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