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Central District Explorers

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Central Notts covers the areas surrounding Arnold, Carlton, Woodthorpe, Calverton, Southwell and Farnsfield. The District has 6 Explorer units called Equinox, Gemini, Spartan, Invictus, Peppers and Weavers. In addition to this Explorers from all units regularly help with campsite service at the District campsite. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme is available to all Explorers within the District as is the Young Leaders scheme. The Explorer Scout section within Central Notts provides Young Leaders for all sections and nearly all groups.

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Nottingham Marathon Explorers at Nottingham Marathon - 12 Sept 2010

This year's Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon was the biggest ever and Explorers from Central Notts were out in force helping at the finishing point. 23 Explorers and leaders from the Equinox, Gemini and Invictus units from Carlton, Gedling and Southwell manned the Goody Bag Station stocked with 12,000 Goody Bags.

These were handed out to the weary runners after they had collected their medals together with applause, encouraging words and sometimes help in opening their drinks bottles! The Explorers and their Leaders are pictured here posing at the finishing line before manning their post.


Gemini in Wales - August 2010

At the end of the holidays, Gemini Explorers joined forces with 88th Nottingham (Jesse Boot) Scouts for an action packed Snowdonia Experience.


Swapping Neckers

Canadian Sunrise - 1st August 2007

Ian Johnson from Gemini ESU was determined not to miss the Sunrise Ceremony while on holiday in Canada, so he packed his uniform and got in touch with the 4th Westdale Venturer in Peterborough, Ontario.

Here we see Ian exchanging scarves with his new friend Rachel before taking part in the Sunrise Ceremony at Brownsea Base - where all the local Scouts keep their boats.

Swapping Neckers Ian (second from right) is seen with representatives from the group including Rachel (second from left).

Rachel is able to wear a scarf of her choice when she moves up a section shortly and has said she will be wearing her new Central Notts District Scarf. 

Explorer Scouts at the top of the towerExplorer Scouts’ Kilimanjaro Challenge

When the Explorer Scouts at the Gemini Unit, based in Carlton, heard that one of their leaders, Nicky Taylor would be climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the charity SCOPE, they decided to celebrate 100 years of Scouting in grand style by holding their own ‘Kilimanjaro Challenge’ to support Nicky’s charity fund-raising efforts without leaving their Oakdale Road base!

On 14th April 2007, the intrepid Explorer Scouts collectively made 356 ‘ascents’ up the inside of the Tower at St. John’s Church, Carlton until they climbed the equivalent height of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the African Continent at 5896 metres. The Challenge took Explorer Scouts 9 hours to complete and during the afternoon, two new members were invested into the Unit – from the top of the Church Tower of course!