2015 THE YEAR OF THE RHINO
2015 has been a different sort of year, with Explorer Scouts embracing everything they can do. January as always saw lots of training walks and unit members working hard to complete the Chase Walk in March. Practise makes perfect and if you want something you have to work for it. The day came and the start times were set and off you went. Success! Every member of the unit that entered finished the event. How hard can it be, well 38.2 miles, one team, up to 15 hours, it can be intense and you did us proud by getting all members over the finish line.
April came and two weeks after the Chase found us in the heart of London competing in the Monopoly Run, random places on a homemade Monopoly Board and how many of these could you find. It was a great weekend and although the weather did not start very kind it finished in a very hot, humid, muggy London. Everyone enjoyed it and we will return again in 2016.
May saw some unit members take part in the River Wye trip, 3 days, one river, completely self sufficient. We travel from Hay on Wye to Monmouth, the weather was amazing until the Biblings and as we got off the water the heavens opened. Quickly pitching the tents and getting a shelter up you showed how you are clearly prepared for most things. Shortly following this unit members took part in the dirty weekend 150 obstacles and 13 miles, heading to the finish line knowing they had done their best and dealt with a serious first aid incident on the way.
June, with exams finished we headed for the woods for Hammock Camp and simply enjoyed hanging out, cutting up wood, burning it, cooking food and sleeping. Roast Chicken dinner was on the menu and all meals turned out well in our barrel ovens. Again and excellent team effort.
The summer, it seems weird to be talking about an epic summer that has been and gone. Rhino Explorers travelled the world, 8 members headed off for Japan while 4 members headed off for Belgium. Each telling a different tale on returning from the adventures. Ellis and Mike were given the proud honour of laying a wreath at the Menin Gate at the Ceremony of the last post and members of the unit in a patrol got to raise the Jamboree flags on the mark of the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings.
September, sitting back and watching all the unit pull together to run an adventurous Kayaking base for the scouts was a very proud moment, and sitting planning next years summer camp just made it all worthwhile. :-)
October, 2 members headed off for yorkshire to compete in the Apex and proudly came 7th, with how competitive this event has become that is a good achievement.
December we had the largest turn out to the Christmas camp we have ever seen and enjoyed a lovely meal and an end of year celebration.