Our Patrol is called the ‘Crean’ Patrol after Tom Crean the famous Antarctic explorer and our Patrol emblem is a picture of his ship ‘The Endurance’:

Welcome to Scouts!
The point of Scouting Ireland is to help you to be the best person you can be, so that you can help people in your community and make the world a better place. You’ll do this by having loads of fun adventures with your friends.

Jayo, our PL, has a thing about Tom Crean, I think he’s his hero. I guess that’s good ‘cause from what I’ve heard Phew You Made It, Deadly! Welcome to Explorer Scouts. I’m Spike! I’ve just joined Explorer Scouts along with Emma. Emma and I really enjoyed Tracker Scouts so we decided to move into Explorer Scouts too. We both kind of miss our Tracker Patrol ‘the Celts’ just a little. We had some brilliant adventures together, but I can’t wait for all the stuff we will do with our new Patrol in Explorer Scouts. he was an amazing explorer—and Irish. Maybe he’ll inspire us to greatness too!? Now that we’ve had a bit of time to find our feet in Explorer Scouts we can show you around. You’ll get to catch up with most of the old gang, Skye is here too. Neil’s family moved and Amy went to boarding school so they didn’t join Explorers here. But Amy does come on the odd weekend adventure and last year she came on our big summer camp. Its great when we all get together especially now we’re in Explorers cause things are a bit more grown up here.


Introducing the Crean Patrol...





Mick age 11
Mick is a gear & gadget freak, not just in Scouts. I think he changed his phone three or four times last year. He is our quartermaster and he is good at it because he is very practical and can fix most things if they’re broken, and even sometimes when they’re not.

The Crean Patrol
Jayo Age13
Patrol Leader of the Crean Patrol Bit of a Scout nerd but good craic. He has 3 brothers and 2 sisters and they were all Scouts. His Dad was even a Scouter in the olden days. He loves backwoods bivouacking and pioneering especially. He’s now in secondary school and will be moving into Discovery Scouts next year. He hates washing up and is a really bad singer.

Jasmine age 11
Jazz is our tree hugging, duck squeezing eco warrior. She always sees the good in everyone ands is so enthusiastic. If we ever have a row Jazz is the peace-maker. Also what she is really, really brilliant at is coming up with these amazing ideas for reflections and celebrations.

Eadaoin Age 13
Assistant Patrol Leader of the Crean Patrol She’s a little wild like her hair. She loves to dance and is cool at art, and its hard to keep up with her on a hike. She designed our Patrol badge. She loves to take photos and just got a new digital camera which is a bit annoying cause she sometimes catches you when you’d rather she didn’t, but our patrol log book looks amazing now.

Emma age 10
Emma has just joined Explorer Scouts. She was a Patrol Leader in Tracker Scouts and is really sensible and a good organiser.

Spike age 10 Paddy age 12
Paddy is our strong man. On hikes and cycles he and Eadaoin are always the two who are way out in front. He’s also learning guitar and is brilliant at it. He and Jazz can really make our celebrations & campfires special. He has a wicked sense of humour and tells these really corny Spike has also just joined Explorer Scouts from the Tracker Scout Troop. He is totally into Scouting and is a bit mad. You always know when Spike is around. He is always coming up with ideas and suggestions. He is surgically attached to a pair of goggles that he has had since he was 7.


The first thing to do as an Explorer Scout is to get involved in an adventure activity with your own new Patrol. There’s no time like the present to show everyone what you can do and to make new friends. You will be assigned a ‘Buddy’ to help you through the first few weeks.

Deirdre Byrne
Climbed Cathedral Peak Karakoram 6247metres 2006 12th Meath Scouts

Here are some famous people and some of the adventures they have had...

Tom Crean was a pioneer of Antarctic exploration a hundred years ago Ellen MacArthur sailed solo around the world in 2005 in just 71 days 14 hrs 18 mins 33 seconds Ewan McGregor rode his motorbike around the world in 2004

When you’re a Rover Scout you will begin to have adventures just like these, but in Explorer Scouts you need to start with some smaller stuff like camp-outs and you will need to learn some skills and get some experience.

Frank Nugent, Himalayan Mountain climber Aughrim Street Scouts Brian Bliss, crazy surfer & climber Bray Sea Scouts

Neil Armstrong
First man on the moon 1969

Here are some Scouts and some of the adventures they have had...

Zef Klinkenberg, paddled the Congo and Amazon rivers Malahide Sea Scouts





The other side of that is that Finn and Sarah expect us to take more real responsibilities. Last year with some help from the Discovery and Rover Scouts we went on the most amazing big summer adventure. You’ll have to see the picture gallery we put together to see what it was really like….

Our Troop is called the Frontier Explorer Troop by the way. An odd name I agree but we like it. There are four Patrols in our Troop:

Us – The Crean Patrol
Our Scouters are called Finn and Sara. They’re such good craic, they don’t treat us like we’re little kids who know nothing. The other cool thing is that because of all the really useful stuff we learned in the Trackers we can go on much more exciting adventures now that we all know the basics, like how to:

The Shackleton Patrol The Fiennes Patrol The Amundsen Patrol

Pitch a tent Make a menu Light a fire Plan an activity
These are all famous explorers that you should find out about! Another Troop in our area has a Bear, Wolf and Elk Patrol—all animals that used to live in Clare and whose bones have been found in caves and bogs nearby.


You will need to start thinking straight away about getting invested into the Explorer Scouts. You may already know the score from Tracker Scouts but if not then read on:

The Scout Promise
In Scouts we have a special promise that every Scout around the world makes:

On my honour I promise that I will do my best To do my duty to God To serve my community To help other people and To live by the Scout law
Making a promise is not to be done lightly. Why do you think that is?

To become an Explorer Scout it’s a little like in Tracker Scouts, there are certain things you have to do and to know. 1. Have a chat with your Scouters. 2. Join a Patrol. 3. Know and understand the Scout Promise & the Scout Law. 4. Know a little bit about World Scouting, including the Scout Hand Sign and Hand Shake. 5. Join your Patrol in the planning and organising of your first adventure and chat with your Scouter and Patrol Leader afterwards.

The Scout Law
In Scouts we do our best to live by the following code:

Scouts are: Loyal Trustworthy Helpful Careful Brave Respectful—of self, others & Nature





World Scouting
There are about 28 million Scouts around the world in about 155 different countries. Scouting was started by young people themselves back in 1907 after reading a series of comics written by a famous soldier named Robert Baden Powell. All Scouts know him as BP—the first Chief Scout. After the First World War BP was really keen to encourage Scouts to work together to build peace in the world. The first gathering of Scouts from around the world happened in 1920. It was the very first World Jamboree. Find out more about Scouts from other countries. You will discover that all Scouts around the world love to hike and camp and enjoy the outdoors together. We also all do our best to keep the Scout Promise and to live by the Scout Law; though the exact wording varies a bit of course the spirit is the same. The motto is the same too: Be Prepared... There are of course lots of different types of activities, badges, names for things and colours of Scout shirt. For example German Scouts are called Pfadfinders and wear a grey shirt. They each have a piece of black canvas that can be used as a personal shelter or built into a huge troop tent when all the pieces are assembled together.


My investiture celebration was really, really cool. We had been walking the West Clare Way and were sleeping on the beach at Fanore underneath the stars. We built a fire on the sand using drift wood, we put it where it would all be washed away by the high tide. While we were building the fire and watching the sun go down there was a ‘pod’ of about 8 dolphins surfing in the waves, it was incredible. Around the fire I got to renew my Scout Promise and was given my Explorer Scout Badge.

But what made it so brilliant was that Jayo had found this deadly piece of driftwood with a hole in it. He presented it to me to use as a woggle and said why he was looking forward to having me as a full member of the Crean Patrol. I felt so special. Everyone was holding a lighted candle and then we all said the Scout Promise together.





The Crean Patrol’s Grand Big Adventure...

Emma: First of all it started with this mad bet Spike made with Finn at a campfire on one of our weekend adventures last summer. Spike has an interesting way of looking at the world if you know what I mean. Anyway, long story short, Spike decided that it was possible to camp on an island and that we’d have to get the whole Troop over there ourselves. Finn was having none of it but I think he might have been winding Spike up. To be honest I thought Spike was mental ‘cause the deal was that if we weren’t able to make the camp happen then we would have to wash Finn’s car every weekend for a year! But you know sometimes I should trust Spike more than I do ‘cause he’s not always the spacer I think he is. What we didn’t know was that he had a plan and this is the story of how we went about organising our trip…

Dun dun dun!!!








Spike; S’grand Emma, you won’t have to. Emma: You gonna do it on your own then Spike?

Spike: Oh yeah, that’s right, see I have a plan. Emma: Ok, I’m still listening. Spike; How do I call a Patrol meeting? Emma: Well in fairness I think you should ring Jayo and talk to him first, he is the PL after all.

Spike: No! Now you’re being a spoon, what I mean is no one will have to wash anyone’s van, well except for Finn that is. Emma: What are you talking about there’s no way we can win this bet. Spike: You reckon? Shows what you know. I not only think we can win, I know we can. Emma: Wow Spike, I haven’t heard you this excited since you decided we could build a rollercoaster. Spike: Well, I still think that’s possible and I will do it some day. I think all I have to do is… Emma: Spike! focus! Spike; Oh yeah, anyway what was I saying? Emma: Something about how I don’t have to wash vans...

Spike; Yeah, good plan, I knew there was a reason I rang you, you always know what to do. Emma: Well, its just like Tracker Scouts! One week later in the chipper, the Crean Patrol meet...






Jayo: Ok folks, listen up! Spike here has a suggestion for what we can do for our summer adventure. Mick: It’s not this daft island idea he was talking about with Finn is it? Jayo: Yeah it has something to do with that. Jasmine: Ok, I’m prepared to give him a hearing but I have two things I want to say: First, I’m not washing Finn’s van, Spike can do that—and second I’m not going to sea in any boat with you guys.

Spike: I know it sounds a little whacky but I wasn’t being exactly straight with Finn when we were talking - which I know isn’t really fair. See, my cousin lives in Roscommon and there’s a small lake near their Scout hang out. It has these four islands in it, each one just about big enough for two Patrols to camp on. Last summer they had their adventure there and they have all these canoes and a safety boat and the Rover Scouts and Scouters have all the qualifications an’ all. He sent me a DVD of what they got up to, it looks amazing. Emma: So that’s what you meant when you said you had a plan!

Jayo: Ok, ok, hold on a minute I thought the same too until I spoke with Spike, so how about you guys give him a chance?

Spike you might just have come up with the best plan ever...





Eadaoin: Count me in cause I’ve been wanting to get my Paddlers Adventure Skills badge for ages.

Spike: Yeah! It gets better. Jazz: Really?

Paddy: Ok, ok, I take it back, because I wouldn’t mind doing that Spike: Well, they said they had such a great time last year that they are planning on going again and the best bit is they have invited us. Paddy: Oh man, that sounds like the real deal. What sort of stuff have they got in mind? Spike: Well first off they’d be on to twin up for the year and do a couple of training and planning weekends with us before we go on the adventure… Emma: Brilliant, brilliant that sounds like great craic. I reckon there’s a dose load of Challenges we can tick off in our Explorer Awards. Paddy: Emma you’re such a nerd! Jayo: Hey Pads, that’s not fair, just cause Emma is really enthusiastic. Eadaoin: Hey Spike, did you say they have canoes and all the gear an all? Spike: Yup! Jayo: All those in favour? (show of hands) Eadaoin: Well Spike? Spike: I’m not sure but I guess not. He did mention something about two Patrols to an island, one of ours and one of theirs - and that we could keep our bikes on the mainland so we could go on mini expeditions - but that’s just the start of an idea. What do you guys think? Should we get Jayo to bring it up at the PLC? He could show the DVD. Jazz: Nice Jayo! Always Mr. Positive! Jayo: You know what I mean. Jayo: And would we be trapped on the island the whole time? I mean we could end up killing each other by the end of the week. too.


The Science bit: (Scout boffin Trevor explains)

What is a PLC?
Answer: The PLC is the Patrol Leader’s Council—it is like the government of the Troop, it makes most of the decisions about the running of the troop on a day to day basis.

Who gets to go to the PLC?
Answer: All the Patrol Leaders and if they can’t make it then their Assistants could go. All the Scouters in the Troop can go as well!

What sort of stuff do they talk about?
Answer: Mainly about Adventures! - Where (will the Adventure take place)? - When (yeah, you guessed it)? - Who (will do the organising jobs)? - What (kinds of Adventures)?

They also coordinate the Patrol activities, its important that everyone knows what's going on, especially the Scouters. They discuss things like equipment, money or help coordinate if the Troop has been asked to do something like help out at a fundraising event or a community action project in the area. It’s a chance for Patrols to share ideas – if one Patrol went on an Adventure and loved it (or hated it!) then they can tell the others about it. If there are any ‘issues’ going on in the Troop - say maybe bullying or someone behaved badly on the last activity or someone did something particularly good - then it’s a chance to talk about this stuff and figure out what to do.


cide: • • •



Who organises them?
Answer: Good question, usually the ‘chair’ is with the Scouters, but lets look in a little more detail at what everyone does…

It also allows time to reflect on the last Adventure/activity and to deWhat went well? What wasn’t quite so good? What things to change?

(But more of this later) In a way its just a bigger version of how the Patrol works. The structure is almost the same, in that everyone has a ‘special’ job to do. It’s a very important way in which every Scout in the Troop can make their voice heard. The PL takes the ideas that have come up at the last Patrol meeting and shares these with the members of the PLC. They also make sure that everyone in the Patrol knows what was decided at the PLC.

Important notice:
The PLC follows the Scout Law and the Scout Promise – these guide what we say, how we talk to each other and what we decide.

Another important notice:
The jobs in the PLC usually swap around every couple of months, say every school term. This gives everyone a chance to learn new skills, it also means that all the Patrol Leaders can help each other and explain to each other how to do each job.

How often do they take place?
Answer: Well there’s no rule, mostly every four to six weeks, but you might need to meet more regularly if you’re coming up to a big Adventure.

Yet another important notice:
Your Scouters have the final say about what they are comfortable for you to do. They are the grown-ups after all so they get to say what's safe for you.

Where do they happen?
Answer: Anywhere you like, around a campfire, up a tree, on a raft, in the chipper after the movies, in the Scout Den. It really depends on what’s going on and what you need to talk about. On your summer adventure you might want to meet very quickly every night just to make sure the plans for the next day are sorted.


So who are the people in the Frontier Troop PLC?
Jayo PL of the Crean Patrol – with Finn he runs the meeting. That means he makes sure all the jobs on the agenda get done. He also makes sure that everyone gets to speak. If there are arguments or disputes he and Finn have to try and keep things calm and make sure that everyone sticks to the Promise and the Law. Zoe PL of the Shackleton patrol – she is the Troop Quartermaster which means she works with all the Patrol QMs and Dave (Scouter) to ensure that all the Troop and Patrol gear is looked after and any worn out or broken stuff is replaced. Pavel PL of the Amundsen Patrol – he’s the Troop historian/ photographer/archivist. He works with Alison (Scouter) and keeps the Troop log book up to date, takes photos and videos (with the troop camera) on all the Troop adventures, special occasions and celebrations. Oh and Pavel is Polish, he came to Ireland 3 years ago. We have a good laugh cause sometimes we don’t always understand each other but that’s why its cool to have a Scouter to link with.

(*the Troop log book has photos, press clippings, bus tickets, badges, sick bags, leaves, mementoes or anything the Troop thinks is important enough)
Dave Our Scouter, works with Amy looking after equipment and supplies, he’s great with pioneering and camping skills.






He’s the overall Scouter, although you wouldn’t think it to look at him. We all think he’s too old for that dumb Mohawk, he must be at least 25! I wish he’d grow up sometimes but he is great craic. Anyway he works with Jayo to keep the whole thing on track. He also links with Cody to make sure the agenda is set and the minutes are kept up to date.


She’s PL of the Fiennes Patrol, they thought that was a funny name cause when they started out they were all girls. She’s what we call the Scribe, she works with Mags and has two main jobs:


She makes the agendas, she has to go around all the members of the PLC and ask them if they have anything they want to talk about at the Council.


She writes down what was decided, who agreed to do what, and when.

Alison She’s our newest Scouter, she is great fun and really creative, she’s in art college, that’s why she has pink’n’purple streaks in her hair - or at least that’s what she tells us. Oh and she was never a Scout before. She and Pavel come up with some amazing ideas, he helps her to know what Scouting is all about and she helps with the camera and sometimes she has to explain some English words or something about Irish culture to him. Mags Our Scouter, boy is she ever organised! She seems to know just the right way to do everything. Once something has been de-


cided and written in the Troop log book, you can be guaranteed to hear from Mags and Cody quite a lot if you have been given a job to do. They’re not moans or anything it’s just that they keep reminding you that your deadline is coming up. None of us mind because if it weren’t for them nothing would ever get done. Those are the main jobs but every once in a while, depending on what's going on, there may be other jobs to do. If that happens then either one of the PLs or Scouters takes it on, or sometimes it’s somebody from one of the Patrols. A couple of times it’s even been a parent, say if it’s a big fundraising event. They even come along to a PLC meeting. I think they find it odd at first but usually they are really cool about it. Meanwhile back at the PLC…






Finn: Deadly DVD – it looks like I might have been set up. I’ll have to have a word with Spike. So what does everyone think? Amy: Amazing, it looks like such good craic! Jayo: Well, obviously the Creans are all for it, especially Spike. Cody: I’ve never camped on an island before, and it will mean we can maybe work on our Camping and Paddling Adventure Skills badges. Jayo: Spike says the Roscommon crew are talking about making rafts and a bridge between two of the smaller islands that are close together, so we would be able to work on our Pioneering Adventure Skills badge too. Pavel: Nice one, there will also be loads of the ‘SPICES’ we can add to the programme too as I’m keen to get my Silver Explorer Award. Finn: What do the Scouter Team make of it? Are ye up for it? Dave: Ah man, it looks so amazing but I’m really sorry I’m gonna be in the States working for the summer. Gotta make some dosh before my finals next year. But go for it and I’m happy to give Amy a hand with the kit and all before I go. Alison: I never knew Scouts did such cool stuff. I wish I’d joined when I was your age. It will be brilliant. I can’t wait, I’m gonna ask for the time off from work tomorrow. The Science bit from Scout Boffin Trevor... Every Explorer Scout should have a go at loads of great Personal Challenges set out under six SPICES later in this handbook. If you try your best you will earn the Explorer Award and maybe even go on all the way to the Gold Explorer Award.

So do please spice up your life!





Finn : So, that’s a yes then? Alison: Oh that’s a yes alright - and we can make our own DVD too - and maybe we could design special T-shirts, and a neckerchief, and a flag - or maybe one flag for each island and each island could have its own neckerchief and… Finn: Woah! Hold the horses Al’. Those are all cool suggestions and maybe you and Pavel could head up a design team, but first things first…. Mags: How could I not say yes to such a brilliant idea! I suggest we get Spike in here real soon to give him the thumbs up before he explodes. I can see him and the rest of the Crean Crew pacing up and down outside. Finn: Well Spike, we watched the DVD and I guess its ok but I suppose we were hoping for something a bit more unusual and exciting for this years adventure. Spike: Really? Finn: Yeah, sorry mate. Spike: Oh! Finn: Oh, and one more thing… Spike: Yeah?






So Finn contacted the Scouter from the Roscommon Troop and they decided that the best thing to do was to have a joint PLC between the two Explorer Scout Troops. They decided to make it a sleep-over so all the PL’s and Scouters would have a chance to start getting to know each other.

Our first Joint Adventure Planning Weekend Programme, or a ‘meeting of the minds’:
10:30 10:30 10:45 11:15 Roscommon lot arrive Show everyone around the Scout Den, bring in our gear Icebreaker to get to know a little about each other. Roscommon presentation on the adventure. Details about the area, things we can do, what skills training they have, what re sources are available… 12:00 12:30 2:00 4:00 4:30 5:30 7:00 11:00 Q & A. Lunch Make a plan Sort out working teams/groups Free time Dinner: cook, eat and wash up Cinema Sleep?


The joint PLC identified the following things that need to be done and the people to do them.

Camp Castaway –The Plan Theme/brand
• • • • • Create the camp movie. Make up a story about why the camp is called ‘Camp Castaway’. What is the story about why they were castaway and how they ended up where they are. Design a logo, t shirts, badge, neckerchief, flag. Write up a brief for each Patrol so they can design their own flag. Identify all the things they have to do. Make Camp Castaway feel like the real thing.

• • • • • • Make presentation for parents. Write press release for local newspaper. Make a promo DVD about all the preparations. Link with the Theme Team about the camp movie. Send out all letters to the parents. Write the camp chronicle on camp


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List all the ideas for activities Plan out each day List all the Adventure Skills that will be covered Check what Personal Challenges can be done Assign an organiser for the main activities

• • • • Make out a budget Collect the money Keep careful records of money in and money spent Stay within budget

• • • • • List all the Troop & Patrol gear that will be needed Work out how to transport gear to and from the camp Ensure everyone can get transport to camp and back Plan for loading and unloading gear before & after camp Set out a rota for Troop gear maintenance We chose this as our logo for a couple of reasons: • • It gets across the idea that we will be camping on islands – living in nature. It shows two Scouts – one from each troop so it shows that we have teamed up and are working together. • And it shows that we will be making new friends. Our logo for ‘Camp Castaway’…


The idea we chose for our camp is about ‘Castaways’. The story is that two groups of people have been stranded on 4 islands. On each island there are two separate groups of people who have never met before. Each island has been given part of a puzzle. In order to get to safety they have to link up with the other 3 islands and join up the parts of the puzzle. When they have done that the best way to get off the island will become clear . The first thing all the groups have to do is work out how to communicate with each other.

A lot of thought was put into this idea so that all the SPICES are covered and so that everyone can choose Personal Challenges to do...


If you only saw these islands you would know how beautiful they are and the sunsets are just out of this world. Also our Scouters told us that we were the only people who had survived a huge environmental catastrophe, so we did some real thinking about what it would be like, what things would be important to us, and what things aren’t.


Living on a small island, camping, building fires collecting wood and water, building shelters, cycling and paddling are obviously all very physical activities. And the overnight wide-game will be mad as always.





Intellectual: We have to work as a team to find the best way to live together, to figure out the ‘rules’ for our community. We have to plan our bit of the wide-game and also figure out how to make our camp with very limited materials and then there’s the puzzle to solve! Character: Have you ever been stranded on a small island with a bunch of people you’ve never met before and you know you’ll be there for about a week and you have to work together to live and escape? We especially learned a lot the morning we woke up to discover that the Scouters had ‘stolen’ all our pots and stuff except for one knife and a kettle. Emotional: We made many new friends that we didn’t want to say goodbye to on the last day. We learned many new things about ourselves: things we were good at and things we weren’t so good at - especially on the days it rained and the disappointment of the days that we nearly solved the puzzle and the excitement of the day we did! Social: Friends, old and new…


Once we decided that this was what we were going to do for the summer it was really important to put a plan together. It was December when we decided and the adventure was set for July. So starting in January we had six months to prepare everything – we chose six main areas as themes, one for each month.

February: Pioneering
Week one: Practice technical skills, lashings etc. Week two: Build small Patrol project – wash stands etc. Week three: Build tripod sleeping platforms and a raft platform too Week four: Sleep on platforms and dismantle next day

January: Marketing and Fundraising
Week one: • • • • Agree targets for each Patrol to reach Set up group to coordinate fundraising Decide a date for parent night Send letter to all parents

Week two + three: • • • • • • Prepare for parents evening Organise DVD player, food & chairs Arrange who will do what on the night Make postcards and banners Make short DVD explaining camp Make application forms

March: Cycling
Week one: Slide show from Jo and Jen, two of the Rovers who cycled to Spain for last year’s expedition Week two: Bike maintenance with Pavel’s Dad – he has a bike shop and is in a cycling club Whacky races wide game using four old bikes

Week four: • • • Parents evening Get everyone to sign up Get 3 parents to work with fundraising group Week four: 40k cycle with Patrol Week three: Road safety – rules of the road with Garda Sergeant Mary O’Reilly followed by a memory game





While all this is going on we will have met with our Patrol to decide: what each of us will be doing on camp, to make rotas for things like cooking, building fire, collecting water etc. We also identify which Adventure Skills badges we will be working on and how we can cooperate to achieve those. Obviously certain badges will be more important that others: -

April: Backwoods
Week one: Plan backwoods menu and buy ingredients. Weekend: Backwoods weekend, build shelter, build gadgets, cook food etc.


May: Paddling
All month – link up with the local paddling instructor (who happens to be one of the Rover Scouts). Work on Paddling Adventure Skills Award.

Backwoods Paddling
I also met with Finn cause he’s the mentor for our Patrol an we looked at all the Personal Challenges that I could work towards, both in preparation for our adventure and when I am on it. I’m so excited I can hardly wait to go. It’s so cool to know that Finn is

June: Equipment preparation
Go through all Patrol and Troop equipment including pots, lights, saws, tents etc. Repair, replace & clean everything, pack it all up ready for the off. It’s also a good time to prepare our own personal stuff.

here to help me, cause sometimes I don’t realise all the ways I can achieve my challenges, but he’s so experienced he helps me to see things I miss. It’s also great to be able to talk with him if things don’t work out so well - he helps me to think of other ways I can try things or just encourages me to give it another go. It’s not like in school—there’s no pass or fail—and he always talks with me like he wants to help. He always says to me if I try my best every time I do something then I’ll know in my heart if I de-

July: Departure BBQ
Hold one last meeting with parents to go over all final details.

serve to tick the box on the chart and in the handbook. He is a bit of a Baden Powell freak and has this thing he always on about, something to do with jumping over a stick…


I guess it makes sense but it’s kind of annoying when he ALWAYS says it. The good thing is I don’t have to compare myself against anybody else. Which reminds me about the Personal Challenges – they give me loads of ideas of things I can do to learn more about myself, but what I really like most about it is that I can adapt the Personal Challenges to suit me if necessary. I can try similar Challenges once I’ve agreed them with Finn. Finn always encourages me to write any new challenge ideas down so that the other Scouts can try them if they want. I’ve gotten loads of ideas from other Scouts, especially Jen and Amos from the Amundsen Patrol. They have loads of mad, fun ideas. I don’t know where they get them from. Every so often Finn gets us to send all our ‘new’ ideas for anything like Personal Challenges or activity ideas into Scouting Ireland. It’s cool when you see them on the website with your name beside them, especially when someone else from another Troop tries them out and gives them a good rating. We can also borrow their ideas too. I once met someone at a Jamboree who tried one of our activities and thought it was brilliant. Every time we go on an adventure we finish with a reflection so that we know what went well and what might need to be improved next time. In our Troop we have decided that it’s important to review different things in different ways.





1. 2. 3. 4. What went really well, maybe something we decided to improve from the last adventure? What areas were good, but with a little tweaking could be made really good? What did we learn overall? What things need a lot of work and why – was the idea not a good one in the first place, or did we not do what we agreed, or did we forget something? 5. How did we each feel about the adventure - as individuals and as a Patrol?

There are three main things we look at after each adventure: • • • How was the overall adventure organised? Did we each learn our Adventure Skill to a safe level? Did we each achieve our Personal Challenges?

For each thing we ask ourselves a number of questions:


A few more things:
• • • If it was a Patrol adventure we review it as a Patrol. If it was a Troop adventure then we still review it as a Patrol and then Jayo brings our thoughts to the PLC. If it’s about an Adventure Skill then we review it as a Patrol with our Scouter and we decide if the person learning this skill is now able to do it safely, or as Finn says ‘cut the mustard’ whatever that means. He seems to know and thinks its funny! • If it’s to do with our Personal Challenges then we each discuss this on our own with our Scouters.

This was hard at first but I’ve got into it especially since I was a Tracker Scout. At first we all thought that it would be easy – not that anyone of us would lie, but sometimes we thought that if we just said we were happy and just ticked the box then we’d get away with it.

Nice thought! Problem is, in the end you get found out, not cause the Scouters make a big deal of it or anything but because you just find that you’re not as much help to the Patrol or as good a Scout as you would like to be. It’s hard cause you have to be a bit grown-up about it. This might sound a bit boring but we know its important because we all want to be able to have big adventures on our own some day like the Rover Scouts. ..






Also the more you do it the easier and the quicker it gets. Most of the time we try to do it in an interesting way - like at a campfire, on a raft, up a tree—stuff like that!


Here are the two sets of Awards we talked about that you can try out… You can earn the Explorer Award to begin with and maybe even go on to earn the Gold Explorer Award. In doing so you will be acquiring all sorts of skills and experience (remember the SPICES!) Also you can earn the Adventure Skill Awards that interest you.

The Adventure Skills Awards
If you find that you are particularly good at a skill, or really enjoy an activity, or need to achieve a certain skill level in order to fully participate in an adventure then you should consider earning one or two of the nine Adventure Skill Awards in the Adventure Skills handbook! Ask your Patrol Leader or Scouter... When you are a Discovery Scout you will be able to get to the next level in the skill as well if you like.





This next section will give you tons of ideas so that your adventures can get better and better. It’s a journey with lots of challenges along the way. We call it the Explorer Awards. In Explorer Scouts there are four Awards with six parts in each—the SPICES. To begin with you should try your best to complete the Explorer Award.

The Explorer Awards
If you want to have adventures you are expected to get the basics like how to help pitch a tent, make a menu, tend a fire or stove and plan good activities. You don’t want anyone treating you like you’re just a kid, after all. You get to take real responsibility if you’re up for it. Set yourself a bunch of Personal Challenges with the help of this handbook and the support of your Patrol and Scouters. You’ll be amazed by what you can achieve. Take a look—there’s a selection of Challenges to choose from and if you need to you can adjust a Challenge—just discuss it with your Patrol Leader and ok it with your Scouter.

Each stage will challenge you to: Look after your Body Understand your Feelings Build your Spirit Develop your Mind Make Friends Be a better person

So! What are you waiting for?






Personal Challenges section


Cya in Discovery Scouts!

Make Friends
Show what it is to be a friend and recognise the value of friendship, recognise my unique abilities and the abilities of those around me

Help your Patrol by doing something that you are good at. Meet up with some friends who are still in the Tracker Scouts and tell them how you are getting on in Explorer Scouts. Do something special to help a friend.

Do a special project with your three closest friends, these friends don’t have to be Scouts. Help a younger Scout be comfortable on an activity they have not been on before. Volunteer to do a job that you are good at but that others might find difficult.

Take on a unique role within your Patrol for at least three activities. Roles might be Patrol Scribe, Photographer, Cook etc. Help a younger Scout with a job that they are finding difficult. During the Review of an activity, identify talents which were not used and how these could be used in the future.

Lead an activity with your Patrol that uses each Patrol members own individual skills. Organise a surprise birthday party for a friend. During a weekend activity make sure that each member of the Patrol helps out to the best of their abilities.

Explore the importance of communication and listening, be comfortable in expressing myself with my friends

Find out how decisions are made in your Patrol and in your Troop and take an active part in this process. Explain to your Patrol what you would like to do on your next activity. Take part in the Evaluation of an activity and explain what you liked and did not like.

Take part in decisionmaking within your Patrol, listen to everyone’s point of view & express yourself calmly. Say what you liked about your last activity and how you think the next one could be better. Take an Active part in the Troop Council.

Represent your Patrol at a County Forum. Lead a discussion to get agreement on what your Patrol will do on your next activity. Play your part to ensure that every member of your Patrol gets a say.

Develop a system with your Patrol to represent their needs & wishes at a PL’s Council & report back. Talk to your Scouter and the Scouter of the Discovery Scouts about what you are looking forward to when you join. Lead the Evaluation of an activity and make sure each Scout gets their say.

Make Friends
Be committed to the inclusion of various cultures in my society, explore how cultural diversity affects the world I live in

Cook a camp meal based on a menu from another country or people. Discover some English words that come from come from other countries. Some examples: tepee, igloo, voila, amadan. Pick three food items in your local shop which are not produced in Ireland, find out how they are made or grown.

Get a pen-pal (email buddy) from another country and write to them. Tell them about your life and find out about theirs. Find out about Scouting in one other country. Share this with your Patrol or Troop. Look at where the stuff in your room came from originally. Find these places on the map. Discuss fair trade policies.

Learn and perform a traditional dance from another country or people. Know about one project where Scouts from one country are helping people from another country. Show how cultures interact, use collage, computer graphics, painting, photos, screen printing, etc.

Talk to a person from another country who is living in your area and ask them why they live in Ireland and what they think of it. Visit a Scout in another country and find out how they do things there. Consider how each person in your Patrol helps to make it work & find a way to make better use of someone’s talents.

Do a Patrol/Troop/Group clean up of a community facility or area.

Be involved in my community and help those around me when needed

Find out what community events take place locally and attend one with friends or family. Help a neighbour with their garden. Tidy up the Scout Den after a meeting.

Find out about another community organisation and volunteer to help them for a day. Go shopping for an old or sick person. Help to prepare the Scout Den for a special event.

With your Patrol, design and implement a community project. Organise something to help your local community understand what Scouts do. Help with the preparations for a community event.

Raise some money for a charity. Tidy up the space around your home.

Make Friends
Discuss with a new Scout what the Scout Law and the Scout Promise mean. Pick a part of the Scout Law and the Scout Promise which you could improve on and do something to improve on it. Find out about a grown up Scout who did something really special, say how the Scout Law & Promise may have helped them. Show your Patrol by example how to live by the Scout Law and the Scout Promise. Prepare a presentation, album, website, film, etc. showing each aspect of the Scout Law & Promise in action. Work out a charter for your Patrol Leaders Council based on the Scout Law and Promise.

Understand and demonstrate how I use the Scout Law and the Scout Promise in my everyday life

Help your Patrol make a list of Patrol rules or guidelines based on the Scout Law. Say what the Explorer Scout Promise means to you in your own words, and some things you can do to keep it. Take part in the Troop Council.

Pick an aspect of the Scout Law and put it into action with your Patrol. Discuss with your Patrol the part of the Scout Law you find the hardest, and get some ideas from them about this. Explain each part of the Explorer Scout Law, say, draw, act out, etc.

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Look After Myself
Demonstrate that I know the benefits of good nutrition & a balanced diet

Plan a menu for a day for your Patrol on an activity. Make one positive change in your diet for a 3 month period. Prepare a suitable packed meal for a Night Hike.

Cook your favourite meal. Eat all your meals for a day as if you were person in another country of your choice. Cook a meal on an open fire.

Act as cook on a camp. Do a project on “Healthy School Lunches”. Is there something you can do to make a difference in your school? Prepare a menu for a weekend Scout activity.

Plan the menu for annual camp. Prepare a hot, healthy meal using an open fire and no utensils. Help a younger Scout work out a healthy menu.

Invent a camp hygiene gadget.

Take charge of camp hygiene. Say what causes bad breath, passing wind or hiccups and how to avoid it. Build a wash basin stand on camp and use it for washing yourself for the whole camp.

Build a camp shower with your Patrol. Take part in “Shampoo Day” on an annual camp. Organise a tent tidy-up on camp.

Build your own camp shower. Organise a “Laundry” on an annual camp. Make up a camp hygiene kit for your Patrol during annual camp.

Take responsibility for personal hygiene & the impact it has on others

Have a dental check-up. Keep yourself clean on camp.

Look After Myself

Explore & understand the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle

Take part in a Cycle-cross event. Walk or cycle to a Scout meeting every week. Go swimming once a week.

Help to setup an orienteering game and play it. Do 20 minutes of exercise every day. Give up one unhealthy thing that you do.

Go on a charity run and try to get others involved too. Go kayaking, rowing or sailing at least once a month. Go hiking or hillwalking at least once a month.

Swim as far as you can, remember that you have to swim back. Explain the need for proper diet and exercise to a younger Scout. Build up for it and then go on a weekend cycling tour.

Understand how I am continuously changing, understand the implications of these changes on my life

Make a list of 10 things you can do now that you couldn’t do at 7 years of age. Do something that you won’t be able to do when you are 16. Show how to check the correct fit for walking shoes / hiking boots or a life preserver.

Organise a race for your Patrol or Troop. Look at the results and ages. Invent a system for making it a fair race. Discuss with some Rover Scouts what they would do if they were your age again and is there any advice they would give you. Develop a picture of what your own energy levels are throughout a typical day,

Organise your Patrol or Troop to pair up , when the pairs lie down head to head each pair should be the same length. Draw a picture of what you think you will look like when you are 30. Organise an orienteering or kayaking race taking account of the physical capabilities of everyone in the Troop.

Organise a strength tug-of-war. Give consideration to ages & sizes of Scouts Take part in a Discovery Scout activity. Discuss going up to the Discovery Scouts with your Leader. Develop a route plan for a hike or a kayaking trip which takes account of the capabilities of each member of your Patrol.

Look After Myself
Take part in a weight lifting test, know how much you can safely lift. Know what your rate of progress is when walking on flat ground or when swimming in a pool. Take part in a game to build a human pyramid to get one member of your Patrol the highest off the ground.

Identify my unique physical strengths and know my limitations

Swim underwater in a swimming pool, while holding your breath. Know how quickly you can cover a distance of 100 metres running over flat ground or swimming in calm water. Demonstrate how 2 people can support another who has twisted an ankle while hiking.

Climb a rock face with help and instruction. Know how much distance you travel on average each hour while hiking in open countryside or kayaking in calm water. Demonstrate how to rescue an unconscious person from a smoke-filled room.

Take part in a “Climb the equivalent of Everest’ hike challenge. Know how much distance you travel on average each hour while hiking over rough terrain or kayaking in light waves. Demonstrate how to assist a swimmer or sailor who is having difficulties.

Eat a piece of fruit instead of a less healthy snack every day for 1 week.

Appreciate the benefits of choosing a healthy lifestyle

Show that you understand how to look after your health when you are in the outdoors on a sunny day. Find out about the lifestyle of a top athlete.

Drink a bottle of water and run a race. Rest for a while, then drink a bottle of fizzy drink and run a race. Show that you understand the need for enough sleep, regular exercise and a healthy diet. Find out how one famous explorer prepared for an expedition.

Take part in a relaxation exercise. Know the symptoms of dehydration, what causes it and how to treat it. Do a project on things people do that damage their health.

Run 100 metres and take your pulse. Do regular exercise for 1 month, run 100 metres and take your pulse again. Show that you understand how to look after your health while camping. Develop a health and fitness programme to prepare for a challenging physical activity.

Look After Myself
Think about safety when you are planning an event and include some things in the plan to make sure you stay safe. Show how to do a “Man Overboard” Drill or how to carry a friend who twists an ankle. Know the extra gear to bring when going on a night hike. Look after a new Scout on camp and make sure they know what can harm them and how to do stay safe. Prepare and carry out a Safety Plan for a hiking trip or a day on the water. Demonstrate the ability to organise an emergency end to a hike over rough terrain or a kayaking or sailing activity.

Understand the role I have in keeping others safe and the impact of my actions on the safety of others

Make a personal first aid kit. Know what gear to carry/wear to stay safe while hiking or sailing. Always belt up on the school bus.

Devise a fire drill escape plan for your Scout Den and try it out. Check out a friends gear before leaving for a hiking or sailing trip. Know what to do if you get caught in fog on the hills or on the water.

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Develop My Mind
Allow your Patrol Leader to set a challenge for you. Decide how many kilometres you will walk, cycle, sail or paddle this year. Track your progress, discuss in your Patrol. Decide on a plan to achieve Level 2 in one Adventure Skill. Undertake an activity you know will be mentally challenging. Decide how many nights you will spend on Scout activities this year. Track your progress, discuss in your Patrol. Decide on a plan to achieve Level 2 in three Adventure Skills.

Be able to set myself challenges with realistic goals

Try to teach the members of your Patrol some phases on a new language. Decide on a specially challenge activity in the out of doors. Plan it, do it, discuss wIth your Patrol Leader afterwards. Achieve Level 2 in at least 2 Adventure Skills.

Set a challenge for your Patrol and lead them in achieving it. Help a younger Scout set one of their challenges and help them to review how things went fterwards. Achieve Level 2 in at least 4 Adventure Skills.

Find three new ways to go to school Achieve a Personal Challenge by doing something you have not done before; such as a song, story, film, play, discussion, etc. Go on an activity that you have not gone on before.

Change jobs in your Patrol for one month. Invent a short activity to help you to learn a new skill. Try a new Adventure Skill that you have not done before.

Build a machine that measures time. Invent a short activity for your Patrol to learn a new skill, run it. Find a way to get someone who is not in your Troop to help your Patrol or Troop to learn a skill

Pitch your tent a short distance above the ground. Find a way to help another Scout with a skill, that causes you to do something which you have not done before. Find a way to get someone who is not in your Group to help your Patrol or Troop to learn a skill

Be open to new ideas and ways of learning

Develop My Mind

Explore my imagination, my ideas and my creativity

Make boats or planes out of paper or plastic and have a race. Invent something useful to help out on camp. Take part in a Patrol activity to make-up programme ideas for the new Programme Cycle.

Choose an object & explore different ways of looking at it. Show these views in photographs or drawings. Design a poster, handout, post card, etc. to advertise a Scout or community event. Attend a campfire with Scouts from other Troops.

Choose a word, or simple sentence and translate it in to as many languages as you can. Design an energy-efficient vehicle such as a spaceship, aeroplane, sailing boat, car, etc. Make up a campfire song or yell.

Design your own origami model. Create a work of art. Help to create a programme for a campfire and play a part in leading it.

Be able to find information and examine various options to help make decisions

Imagine you have a day where you could do anything you would like. What would it be? Choose which Personal Challenges you will attempt on your next activity. Find out 4 ways to get a weather forecast.

Identify different ways of doing something special on an event or activity. Consider the options and decide the best way. Help to choose the programme for a Troop activity. Learn to spot weather changes by observing the clouds and the wind.

Agree with your Patrol the criteria you would use to buy something expensive for your Scout Group. Help to choose the programme for your Troops big activity in the summer. Use the weather forecast to help you decide on the best route for a hike or the best course for sailing or kayaking.

Research some locations for an annual camp. Work out how to get there and the costs of transport. Play your part in agreeing the programme for the year for your Troop. Make decisions on a hike based on the prevailing weather conditions.

Develop My Mind
Show an understanding of the benefits of teamwork, identify my role & contribution as a team member including willingness to lead and accept responsibility

Go on a camp with your Patrol. Take part in a Patrol activity for a day. Play you part in the review afterwards. Help your Patrol build something with poles and string.

Help to divide up the responsibilities of your Patrol. Lead a short activity or game. Help some younger Scouts to build something with poles and string, make sure they all take part.

Help the others in my Patrol prepare for an event. Lead your Patrol on an activity. Organise a review afterwards. Take part in a team building a large scale pioneering project.

Act as a leader in your Patrol. Lead your Patrol on a camp, organise reviews with your Patrol during it and afterwards. Lead a team building a large scale pioneering project.

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Be a Better Person

Show that I understand the difference between right and wrong

Identify 2 new things that are right each day for a week and do them. Find a news article on some crime and discuss how this type of crime could be prevented or avoided. Deal fairly with, conflict disagreement or bad behaviour as a member of the Patrol Council.

Do a role play of right and wrong; for example, biscuits going missing on camp. Visit a prison or police station to see how prisoners are treated. Deal fairly with, conflict disagreement or bad behaviour as a member of the PL Council.

The Scout Law explains what is right. Identify the parts you find right for you and say why. Invent a new and interesting way of saying “Thank You” to someone who did the right thing. Play a leading role in a meeting to settle a dispute.

Take part in “Court Case” of Good against Bad. Play your part in agreeing a set of ground rules for good conduct in your Patrol or Troop. Dear fairly and decisively with conflict, disagreement or bad behaviour during a challenging outdoor activity.

Make a new friend.

Do the “What kind of friend are you?” quiz. Do something really special for a friend. Help someone in your Patrol who is struggling.

Be a buddy for a new Explorer Scout. Help a friend with their chores. Organise the chores on a weekend activity in a way that encourages teamwork and friendship.

Show that I understand the value of friendship

Explain what a true friend is by a story, poem, picture, drama, etc. Play your part with the Patrol chores during a weekend activity.

During camp, organise your Patrol in a way that shows that teamwork and friendship works. Help a friend at a time of special need. Buddy up with a friend and do an activity you both want to do.

Be a Better Person

Know my strengths and use them to strive to address my areas of need

Do a good deed for your Patrol to help make the Patrol work better. Buddy up with another Explorer Scout and complete your Green Stage Personal Challenges together. Make your self comfortable on camp.

Pick a skill you are not good at and learn how to do it better. Agree with your Patrol Leader one thing you are really good at and how this will help your Patrol. Take part in a survival skills activity, learning how to cope with basic supplies.

Do a task that you have not done before to help your Patrol or your community. Agree with your Patrol Leader one skill area which you are not so good at and agree how you can improve on this. Find your way to a specific point at night using a map & compass.

Help a member of your Patrol learn a new skill. Agree with your Leader or your Patrol one skill area which is missing from your Patrol and make a plan to develop it. Take part in a survival skills weekend, in open countryside.

Design your own game, write down the rules and run the game with your Patrol.

Act as referee for a game. Share a difficult chore with another Scout. Give something that you want away to someone who needs it more than you do.

Assist a Scout to develop a new skill. Design a fair rota of jobs for a weekend activity taking into account each persons capabilities. Be a judge in a competition or be a quizmaster.

Act as Quartermaster on a camp, ensuring the food and equipment is shared out fairly. Take part in a survival weekend with another Scout. Share all decisions between you both for the entire activity. Settle a dispute or disagreement involving a Scout in your Patrol.

Practice fair-play

Take you turn doing the jobs on a weekend activity. Guide someone through a Blindfold Trail

Be a Better Person
Play a disability awareness game and discuss ways of assisting people with Special Needs. Organise a Patrol activity and make sure the views of each Patrol member are listened to. Make up a “Code of Good Conduct” for when you are hiking.

Treat others with respect

Find examples in a newspaper or magazine of people respecting others. Do a Good Deed for someone who needs help. So something to help an old or sick person.

Do something to show respect to the younger Scouts in your Troop. Take charge of agreeing the sleeping arrangements for a weekend activity. Help a younger Scout achieve a challenge that they are finding difficult.

Put together a policy for respecting others like “Leave No Trace”. Organise an activity which includes someone from your area who doesn’t usually participate. Organise a simple ceremony to show respect to some person or group.

Understand how injustice, inequality and conflict may affect people

Design a menu for a 3 course meal on camp for 1 euro per person. Know the average daily wage in a Developing Country. Find out about the work of one agency which tries to bring clean water to people in need, share this with your Patrol. Take part in a Peace Day.

Visit a Court House and find out what goes on there. Find out about the international work of the Red Cross / Red Crescent, share this with your Patrol or another group. Find out about one conflict which is going on in the world, share this knowledge with your Patrol or Troop.

Explore injustice and inequality in the world. Find out about the UN Millennium Development Goals & take part in a project to help people in another country. Find out about the work of Amnesty International.

Explore injustice and inequality in Ireland. Take part in a forum to discuss injustice, inequality or conflict and help to develop some concrete proposals for action. Join in a national or international effort to promote peace, equality or justice.

Be a Better Person

Explore my dreams and aspirations

Build a new invention. Put your hopes and dreams into a time capsule to be opened in your last year in Explorers. Take part in a Fancy Dress Party, dress as your hero.

Pick two people you admire. What is it that you admire about them? Pick one thing you admire in each person and try to live it. Send yourself a post card from the future. Plan your “Perfect Scout activity”.

Pick one dream that you would really like to achieve within a year. Work out how to do it and go do it. Plan your “Trip of a Lifetime”. Learn something that will help you when you are an adult.

Make a list of five quotes that inspire you and build them into a reflection. Open your time capsule, see how you have done and consider why. Write a CV for your dream job.

Design an advertisement poster for the Scout Law.

Understand the importance of Scouting Spirit

Do something to show your Patrol that you know the meaning of the Scout Promise. Help your Patrol with a special project.

Over the period of one month, fill in something on a pre-made picture each time you live the Scout Promise. Do something to help your community to realise what Scouting is about. Represent your Patrol, Troop or Group on a special occasion.

Design a game to help a new Scout to understand the Scout Law and the Scout Promise. Buddy up with a pal for an adventurous activity that neither of you have done before. Write an article or letter on why it is good to be a Scout, try to get it published.

Hold a debate “There is no such thing as the Scouting Spirit”. Lead a team or your Patrol during an outdoor activity, making sure all members are involved, safe and prepared. Take part in a Scouting event with Scouts from other countries.

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My Feelings

Recognise the emotions I am experiencing and some of the steps I can take to get along with them

Keep a feelings diary using “smiley” graphics. Invent a way to stop feeling scared or angry. Play “Guess the Feeling” using facial expressions.

Talk to your parents about things that make you happy and things that make you feel sad. Undertake a challenge that you have been avoiding. On camp invent and use a “Happymeter” to show your Patrols feelings every day.

Give a 5 minute speech to a small group. Discuss how you felt with your Patrol. Help another Scout who is scared, angry or unhappy. Decide on a number of things to use to make the Troop happy or relaxed during Camp.

Lead your Patrol in a discussion on feelings and emotions. Take part in a short play, mime, film, or other recording which explores your ideas about a particular feeling. Make changes to the programme for an activity to take account of the feelings of the Patrol.

Take part in a “Blind Trail” with assistance from an older Scout. Tell your Leader how you are getting on now that you have joined the Explorer Scouts. Explain to your Leader what you hope the Explorer Scout Troop will be like.

Get help with a Personal Challenge you are finding difficult. Ask someone who knows for help with a skill. Cross a gap using parallel ropes and tell your Patrol how it felt.

Tell your Patrol about a time when you felt strongly, such as when you were scared, upset, really happy, etc. Tell a story about accepting help when you need it, if not a story then find another way to tell it. Climb a rock or abseil and tell someone who was not there how it felt.

Recognise when someone in your Patrol is upset and try to do something about it. Talk to a new Explorer Scout about how you felt when you joined the Troop. Reassure them. Discuss your feelings about a challenging activity with the group you will do it with.

Know that I can share my feelings and accept help

My Feelings
Understand that people express their emotions differently

Do something to make someone happy. Show what makes different people angry, afraid or nervous. Use a picture, graphic, story, song, poem, collage, speech, etc. Show 4 different ways that people in other countries greet a friend or relative.

Build a collage of feelings across the world. Organise a Jokes Competition to see what makes others laugh. Do a set of emotionics about your Patrol.

Hold a debate on an issue that you feel strongly about. Find out how the others in your Patrol act when they are angry, frightened, sad, happy or excited. Make up a display of faces showing different emotions, use photos, PC images, drawings, etc.

Choose a strong feeling that troubles you and develop a plan to deal with it. Recognise when one of your Patrol is not happy and find a way to help them get over it. Find a special way of saying “Well Done” you to someone who has done really well.

Understand that the way I express my emotions affects others

Smile experiment: smile all day and take note of the reaction of others. Ask another new Explorer Scout how they are getting on in the Troop and tell them how you are doing. Tell your Patrol how you felt about your first night camping.

Create something to help with the Patrol Spirit, such as a Patrol Yell, a Patrol Song, a Patrol Sign, etc. Find out something which annoys or bores you and think of a way of coping with this. Go on a night hike and be quite passing near any houses or animals.

Motivate your Patrol when an activity becomes challenging, such as bad weather, missed transport, etc. Ask your Patrol Leader about how s/he feels you affect the others in your Patrol. Explain to a younger Scout why they need to be calm sometimes.

Spend time with your Patrol making them laugh without laughing yourself - try it on others. Discuss with another Scout how their behaviour affects others in the Troop or Patrol. Help a new Scout prepare for their first time doing a new Scout activity.

My Feelings
Be prepared to challenge myself

Buddy up with an experienced Scout and get help with a challenge. Start a new Adventure Skill which you have not done before or complete one from Tracker Scouts which you didn’t finish. Set your self a target for hiking, sailing or kayaking for the year.

Lead a Patrol activity, discuss how you feel. Go on an overnight expedition in the hills, or undertake a day-long sailing expedition. Set yourself a target fro overnight camping for the year.

Work with a new Explorer Scout, and help them with a challenge. Complete at least 4 Adventure Skills at Explorer level. Start an Adventure Skill that you have not done before.

Mentor and coach a younger member of your Patrol to lead an activity. Lead an overnight activity in the hills or a day-long sailing expedition. Demonstrate an Adventure Skill to younger Scouts.

Choose your favourite part of the Scout Law and show why it is your favourite.

Explore and build a collage or display of the values and beliefs of other countries. Find out about the Scout Law and the Scout Promise in 3 other countries, at least 1 of which does not usually speak English. Working in a small group invent the laws which you would use for a week on camp.

Prepare a Patrol Charter to include the beliefs and values of all Patrol members. Describe the kind of person you will be when you are 20, put it somewhere you will find it when you get to that age. Help to agree and maintain the Troop Rules.

Prepare a Personal Charter to show your own beliefs and values. Review the Discovery Scout Promise with your Leader and discuss how it differs from the Explorer Scout Promise. Prepare an act of worship or reflection which takes account of the beliefs and values of the participants.

Establish a set of personal beliefs and values

Help your Patrol make up a Patrol Charter and play your part in keeping to it. Find out the rules or beliefs of 5 major religions.

My Feelings

Understand that I am unique and that my uniqueness is part of my development

Discover something new or unique about members of your Patrol. Find out what Adventure Skills each member of the Patrol has completed, see who can help you with yours. Share your hobby with some Scouts who are interested in it.

Look after your Patrol personal journey chart for a while. Find a talent you have that no one else in your Patrol has and use it to help your Patrol. Get your Patrol to help you improve some skill that you are having trouble with.

Work with your Patrol to make a Totem Pole representing something about each member of your Patrol. Share one of your hobbies or interests with your Patrol or Troop. Take the lead when you are the best person for the job,

Help your Patrol get better at some skill that your especially good at. Help to plan a process to select a new Patrol leader. Help to decide a role for each person in your Patrol.

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My Spirit
Develop my relationship with God through my interaction and connection with others
Make a collage of your life so far, showing the most important milestones. Make up a short meditation ceremony for a Scout activity. Visit a burial place at night, light a candle and spend a few minutes in silent prayer or meditation.

When you are playing do you always have to win? What are some examples of fair play? Share something you have with someone who needs it. Sing a song with a group to welcome a New Day.

With your Patrol or Troop, identify a project in your community that you can do together. Give up something you want so that someone else can use it. Help to create a show to celebrate your Troops or your Groups birthday.

Find out about the other organisations in your community. Find a way to help one of them. Take a group to visit an important holy place. Record the trip and your impressions of it. Organise a celebration to welcome the New Year, include a small ceremony.

Demonstrate an appreciation and care for the environment around me

Make a habit of doing one thing different yourself, to help use less energy in your home. Take part in an “Anti-Litter” drive or clean-up. Know the Country Code.

Find out all you can about what happens to an item you have put in your recycling bin at home. Follow it to the end. Find out how to kill weeds without using chemicals. Clean up or improve the area round your Scout Den.

How much can be recycled in your home? Devise a way to improve what you do already. Find out how to clear garden pests without using chemicals. Help tidy up a scenic area that you visit.

Explore and reduce your carbon footprint by knowing what is good and what is bad for the environment. Organise a project or job to improve the environment in your area. Identify one source of litter or pollution in your area and do something about it.

My Spirit
Reflect on the wonder of God all around me
Discover how different plants and animals interact and support one another. Make a collage or show in some other way Study the creatures that use a water pond and share your findings with someone Visit an underground cave system and think about what it was like ages ago.

Make a bird feeder. Study a number of birds flying, and try to discover how they do it. Grow some vegetables, look after them and help to eat them. Look at some natural materials under a strong microscope, describe what you see there.

Explore different forces in the world and how they work, for example. magnets, water, gravity, tides, etc. Look for wild animals and plants which live in a town. Prepare a report, film or other way to share your findings with your Patrol. Find some star formations and look at them using a strong telescope.

Make a podcast about good people in the world and about the good work they do. Be on a mountain top or on open water at sunrise or sunset. Spend a day hiking in an isolated area of natural beauty with a buddy.

Recognise that everyone will have their own appreciation of Spirituality and God, take the opportunity to reflect on Spirituality in nature.

Prepare a thought or prayer to share with your Patrol or Troop. Visit a farm, zoo, wildlife park or nature reserve . Find out about religious beliefs in another country.

Describe the things you like best from nature from each season of the year in a poem or collage. Make a decoration or display from natural materials to be used during a reflection ceremony. Find out about the religious beliefs in your own country long ago.

Watch dawn break and listen to the “dawn chorus”. Record this and share it with someone who was not there. Sit quietly in a peaceful place in the countryside for 15 minutes and think about the things that are going on around you. Find out about the religious beliefs of someone in your area.

Find some “cool’ things about some other religions. Take part in an overnight vigil in the out of doors. Organise a Scout’s Own to include Scouts with different religions.

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