In February, a new Explorer Scout Unit was formed, for young people in the Caistor area and recently, at the Oaks Camp Site in Nettleton, the Viking Explorer Scout Unit (Louth District) took a gigantic step forward with their very first Investiture Ceremony.
Eight young people made their Promise and received neckerchiefs and badges, which they have been working towards since the opening of the unit.
They have also enjoyed nights away camping; hiking in the Wolds and the Peak District and also assisting at the 1st Grasby Scout Group Families Day in March.
And the day after the Investiture, four members successfully took the Wolds Challenge in East Yorkshire, completing the 17-mile course up and down the hills in less than seven hours.
Two of the Explorers are also going through a rigorous training programme preparing them for this summer’s World Scout Jamboree in Japan, attending training camps and fundraising for the event.
“The Unit has a great future ahead; the members have some exciting ideas for future activities,” said Jan Waite, who leads the unit with James Barnett. “They really are a great group of young people and a pleasure to work with.”
The Unit has places available for anyone aged 14 to 17 who would be interested in joining the Viking Explorer Unit; no previous scouting experience is needed. They meet on Friday evenings and anybody who would like further details can email firstname.lastname@example.org .
“The members of the Unit have bonded together quickly and very well,” added James Barnett.
“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 the parents for which we are all very grateful and the assistance that the Louth Scouting District has given us in setting up.”