Explorer Scouts’ first Investiture ceremony

Report and Image submitted by James Barnett and Jan Waite

Organisers of a new Explorer Scout unit in Caistor are delighted at how well the new group is progressing.

The Viking Explorer Scout Unit (Louth District) was formed in February for 14-18 year old boys and girls in the Caistor area.

And on Friday, April 17, the new unit held its very first Investiture ceremony at the Oaks Camp Site in Nettleton.

Eight young people from Caistor and the surrounding areas made their Promise and received neckerchiefs and badges signifying their entry into the worldwide family of Scouting.

The eight members have been working towards their membership badges since the opening of the Unit, learning about the ethos and history of Scouting, and taking part in more adventurous activities.

They have already spent nights away camping; hiking in the Lincolnshire Wolds and the Peak District and they also assisted at the 1st Grasby Scout Group at their Families Day in March.

The Explorers have a packed programme ahead of them, including working towards the Chief Scout Awards, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, indoor rock-climbing, raft racing, orienteering and many more activities indoor and out.

The day after Investiture, four of the Explorers successfully completed the Wolds Challenge in East Yorkshire, completing a 17-mile course up and down the hills in less than seven hours.

Two local Explorers are also going through a rigorous programme preparing them for this summer’s World Scout Jamboree in Japan.  They have both been on training camps each month for the past year and have been fund-raising for the event.

With the Investiture, The Viking Explorer Scout Unit is now fully formed.  Its two leaders, James Barnett and Jan Waite, bring plenty of experience of the Scouting and Duke of Edinburgh’s awards schemes between them.

“The unit has a great future ahead,” said Jan Waite. “The members have some exciting ideas for future activities.

“They really are a great group of young people and a pleasure to work with. Other members of my family have been involved with Scouting for many years, but it’s a first for me and I would recommend it to others,” she added.

“The members of the unit have bonded together quickly and very well,” added James. “They each have their own individual trait to add to the whole team effort. We have had a lot of fun already and I am really pleased to be a part of the unit. We mustn’t forget, though, the support from parents, for which we are all very grateful, and the assistance that the Louth Scouting District has given us in setting up.”

The Unit has places available for any young person between the ages of 14 and 17 who would be interested in joining the Viking Explorer Unit. No previous scouting experience is needed. They meet on Friday evenings in and around Caistor. Anybody wanting further details should write to James and Jan at vikingesu@gmail.com.


1 Comment

  1. robin wright

    superb and demonstrates scouting working hard as a voluntary movement support young people great unit here and excellent leadership. CC Lincs


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