New Sea Explorer Scout Unit Prepares to Set Sail

Added 17/06/2014 test

An exciting  new Sea Explorer Scout Unit will be launched this September based at the Avon county rowing and kayaking centre,The Benjamin Perry Boathouse, Phoenix Wharf Bristol Harbourside. 

Open to all scouts aged 14 and over across the whole of Avon, the unit is expected to run a full programme of high adventure activities associated with Explorers but with a distinctive water based bias. It is expected that there will also be a certain amount of air activities on offer. We hope to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme along side the usual Scouting Awards. 

Springing from the  need for another Explorer Unit in Bristol South District and a desire expressed by many to see an older Sea Scout section, plans began to  arise to get this started. The two remaining Sea Scout Groups in Avon, The 145th St. Christophers based in Brislington, and The 255th Channel Sea Scouts from Southville are partnering the  formation of the new unit. The Bristol South district leadership as well as Dan Wood County Commissioner have agreed that it ought to be opened up to all who are interested in the county. 

Leaders Meeting...

Initially we are looking for leaders and instructors who might be interested in joining the team. Although principly a harbourside based unit, we are hoping to attract a broad ranged skill set so as to cater to everyone's needs.

So anyone with scouting experience who would be also interested in kayaking, sailing, pulling, rowing, canoeing, and gliding should attend our first leaders' meeting at the BP Boathouse  upstairs meeting room on Thursday 17th July at 7:30pm. There, we will explain what plans have already been put in place and what we aspire to do from September onwards. We are hoping that one or two planning meetings will take place throughout the summer in readiness for a launch night and taster evening for potential youth members in September.

Please get in contact if you are interested even if you can not make the 17th July meeting. We can update you with what progresses. At this stage any ideas, suggestions, or even questions would be most welcome from across the districts and groups. Please do not hesitate to make contact.

It is our sincere desire that scouts who have the aptitude should carry on as Young Leaders in their home districts and groups. We will encourage this and hope that the bit of Sea Exploring carried on outside their home turf will increase their confidence and enhance their skill as leaders.