13th Maidenhead Scouts
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13th Maidenhead Explorers
13th Maidenhead’s Explorer Unit meets most Fridays from 7.30 to 9.30pm at the High St Methodist Church. When they are not there they are out and about doing cool stuff under the guidance of their leader, John Statham.
The philosophy underpinning the Explorer programme is that every Explorer Scout participates in a balanced programme over a period of time. The programme is not just about the activities that they take part in (almost anything from abseiling to zorbing) but also about how they do these activities and why they do them. Every time the Explorer Unit plans an activity they also consider how they might organise the activity and why they are doing it.
You start Explorers at 14 and continue until 18 working towards a Duke of Edinburgh award.
Recently our Explorers teamed with Reading Central District Explorers and visited the Peak District for some climbing, caving and hill-walking.
Saturday saw some of the group caving in Carlswark Cavern (Middleton Dale), whilst the rest climbed at High Neb on Stanage Edge. Dinner was a delicious choice of spicy chicken or beef fajitas.
Sunday split the party again with three intrepid Explorers braving Giants Hole (just the other side of Winnats Pass), while the rest opted for a stroll around the nearby Tors. The caving trip included a 7m ladder climb down into the impressive Garlands Pot, 256m from the entrance, whilst being sprayed with water from the waterfall that flows into the pot. Back at the campsite, after a lunch of hot dogs and cheese & biscuits, it was time to strike camp and journey back home.