In July a small contingent of Settle Explorer Scouts went on an exciting 4-night trip to Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre, set in forest near the edge of Kielder Water in Northumberland. Having trained hard to gain a Nights Away Passport, the seven members of the party used public transport to travel from Settle to Hawkhirst, where they camped in the woods. After much planning, the whole trip was unaccompanied, although there was a leader from the activity centre on hand, if required. During the trip, the Explorers took part in a wide range of activities including kayaking, raft building, archery, abseiling and a Jacob’s ladder high ropes challenge.
Fortunately, the Explorers did not have to cook for themselves as they chose to take advantage of the on-site catering which meant there was more time for activities and fun, such as campfires which they made every evening to keep them warm and the midges away. Overall it was a very successful trip and the Explorer Scouts are keen to do another similar camp soon.
Graham Atkinson, the Lead Instructor at Hawkhirst, said, ”The guys were a pleasure to have. I hope their presentation turns out to be ok, after spending over 2 hours in the office with me on the Thursday evening. The Instructors reported they were a pleasure to have on activities; they were all well behaved and polite, all round really good group of Explorers. ”Well done to the SIESU members for making such a good impression, and for representing the District so well. They have certainly raised the bar for future parties of independent travellers!