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Braintree Explorers embrace The Essex Challenge    (2/27/2012)

From Essex Scouts website - http://www.essexscouts.org.uk/news/articles.php?storyid=9RlFuQ

Braintree explorers embrace The Essex Challenge

Legend Explorer Scout Unit from Coggeshall in Braintree district share their experiences of taking part in The Essex Challenge and the activities they have completed so far.

Leaders and explorers from Legend explorer scout unit have been using The Essex Challenge with Our Sporting Adventure and the Shelterbox Challenge to run their programme over recent months, let's take a look at what they've been up to...

For their Joint Team Activity for October - The explorers went to Quasar with Fury explorer scout unit, joining together to take on the general public (Explorers 1: Public 0)

In December, the Unit joined in with the Christmas activities with their local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to visit a place of worship

To complete January's Eco activity, the Explorers worked with Honywood Pre-School to clear an area at the side of the Scout HQ to allow them to look at nature and experience bugs and other creepy crawlies. The Unit will also be assisting BTCV to improve the Nature Reserve at Coggeshall over the coming months.

February's challenge to make pancakes was mixed up with Our Sporting Adventure to give the Explorers a "Modern Pentathlon" variation of pancake tossing. The Explorers made some, ate them to warm up then went outside with some pre-made enforced pancakes. The Pentathlon events comprised 'longest toss' and 'catch in pairs', 'pancake relay race', 'highest toss and catch', 'longest toss' and 'target toss'.

Using the months in a slightly different order, Legend explorers have already completed March's activity to arrange a music night with a difference. Stuart Donnelly, Explorer Scout Leader claimed that this activity was "the best so far! We took the explorers to 'Live At The Institute' in Kelvedon to see three music acts play; Moses, Jamie Lawson, and One Sixth of Tommy. The last one is rated on the HMV Site as the "Next big thing" and we now know why! These girls are amazing!!!!!"

Richard Baker, Assistant County Commissioner (Explorer Scouts) had this to say about the Unit's activities: "It's great to see how practical The Essex Challenge and other UK Headquarters and partnership resources have been for the explorers in Braintree - what a fantastic programme!"

Are you taking part in The Essex Challenge or have you found other county and UK resources useful for your programme? Tell us about your activities, and remember to register your participation in The Essex Challenge at www.essexscouts.org.uk/challenge













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