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Rufford win Monopoly Live Rufford win Big Game Live - July 2009

Rufford Explorers out-visited all the competition to win this year's Big Game Live event in July. Read the full report here

5th Mansfield raise cash5th Mansfield Explorers have raised over just short of £36,000 during April 2009

It all started with the Mansfield Triathlon in March where the unit raised £250 by providing marshal support for the event, then came the Explorers big night at the Sherwood Inn at Mansfield Woodhouse, where they raised over £50 with a charity gig.

In total the £300 that the Explorers raised can be used to by equipment, fund trips and do activities.

But they didn't stop there, 5th Mansfield ESU were also busy working with the Mansfield District Scouts Executive Committee to help raise £400 for the climbing tower used at the Have a Go Day in Mansfield Market Place.

The icing on the cake came with the application for a grant from Nottinghamshire County Council on behalf of Robin Hood Camp Site, where some of the Explorers are part of the Service Crew, for £35,000 to replace the sites decaying sewerage system. The grant was successful and work is due to commence on the site in May!

Well done Explorers!

Tree planting at Robin Hood Tree planting day at Robin Hood Campsite - February 2009

On Saturday 21 February, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, leaders and parents from across Mansfield gathered to plant trees at Robin Hood Campsite. read more... (jpg, 375kb)

Rufford ESU's igloo Rufford ESU's igloo - February 2009

At Rufford Explorers we were meant to be making mini cars out of food but the weather made it much more fun! We had a big snowball rolling competition. This then ended with a mass snowball fight. After that we came together as one big team and made a fantastic little Igloo. The best fun the weather has brought to Rufford Explorers for a long time. GRB - Rufford Explorers

Stef wins YOPEY 2008 Stef wins Young Person of the Year - December 2008

Stefan Prest, 18, who is now an Assistant Explorer Scout Leader in Mansfield district, was crowned young person of the year 2008 at County Hall in West Bridgford. Stef was one of 12 finalists who had been shortlisted from loads of impressive candidates.
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5th Mansfield ESU in Spain 5th Mansfield ESU in Spain - November 2008

Over the weekend 21st - 24th November, 5th Mansfield Sea Scouts and 5th Mansfield Explorer Sea Scout Unit for their fourth year embarked on another whirlwind adventure in Spain. Read the full report

MADE in France Mansfield and District Explorers in France - August 2008

This year the MADE decided to take their summer camp to France, PGL Les Tamaris to spend the week doing water sports on the Mediterranean coast and in near by lakes. Read the full report

Surprise Birthday Party Disorganised Explorer Scouts...? Never! - June 2008

Do you ever think how unorganised your Explorers are and are then totally proved wrong? Well that's what happened to me on Thursday 19th June 2008 Read the full report

Pre-Summer Camp Pre-Summer Camp with young firemen from West Brom! - June 2008

Mansfield and District Explorers are going to a PGL water sports centre on the French Mediterranean Coast for their summer camp this year. Because we are only a small group, we are joining with a group of Young Fire Fighters from West Bromwich. Read the full report of how the "getting to know you" camp went... .

Sleepover walk Six Explorers Sleeping over in Bilsthorpe AND a seven-hour walk! - May 2008

Missing the bus, hours of silent PS3 playing, a seven-hour secret walk and lots of food! Read the full report.

Lake District Five Explorers, Three days, and kilometres of fun - Feb 2008

On a bright and cold weekend, five explorers from MADE and their intrepid leaders tramped up and down frozen fells in the Lake District. Read the full report of how they got on! (MS Word, 146kb)

County Flag Rufford ESU wins the County Flag competition - Oct 2007

On a cold and windy night in late October, four Rufford ESU explorers hiked at least 23km in the dark, had a few hours sleep, then got up and cooked a sumptuous lunch! Read the full report of how they won!

Planning Evening ACC Visitation to Mansfield and District Explorers - Sept 2007

Saturday evening (22 Sept) - Mansfield And District Explorer (M.A.D.E.) Scouts meet together to plan their next DofE Hikes in October. After the planning, each had a video they had bought in and then if there was enough time left, they were to have a sleepover. The Explorers were visited at Bilsthorpe Scout Headquarters by Steve and Malc.

Cooking Competition Mansfield District Cooking Competition - July 2007

When the Mansfield District Explorers and Scouts got together to emulate Jamie Oliver and his compatriots, the honours went to Rufford Explorers and Woodhouse Scouts... Click the picture for the full report.

Museum display Scouting Display at Mansfield Museum

The Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council John Allin (former leader with 1st Welbeck Scout Group) opened the "100 years of Scouting" display at Mansfield Museum on 7th July 2007. County Commissioner Stuart Howells presented a signed framed photograph of the Chief Scout Peter Duncan accompanied by HM The Queen. Memorabilia and photographs, several dating back over the years, are on display. A good exhibition to visit, entrance was free. The exhibition closed on 25th August 2007. The Museum is located on Leeming Street, Mansfield about 10 mins walk from the Robin Hood line station and information about the museum can be found here

Caption Competition Rufford ESU Caption Competition

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Explorer Scouts take over Mansfield 103.2FM Radio StationExplorer Scouts take over Mansfield 103.2FM Radio Station to publicise Scouting

On Saturday 5th May 2007, Nottinghamshire's Mansfield District Explorer Scouts took over Mansfield 103.2FM Radio Station, as part of the activities to publicise the 100th Anniversary or Scouting. The six Explorers, Benjamin Guy and Daniel Green from Mansfield Woodhouse, Emily Guard from Bilsthorpe, David Mitchell from Ravenshead, Amelia Bakewell and Greg Shaw from Mansfield, were on air between 9am and 1.30pm. During this time they interviewed local bands Tear Tricks, and Redwing, Jeremy Cort from NYPT (Nottinghamshire Young Peoples Theatre), Station Managing Director, Tony Delahunty and newly reelected Mayor, Tony Eggington., as well as reading the news and weather reports, and running competitions, including the 'Guess the Gargle' tune. Mansfield District Scout Chairman, Mark Guy, spoke about the scouting centenary and how many members, worldwide were involved. Station Managing Director, Tony Delahunty said that the Explorers had done extremely well, and that the regular presenters should be worried.

Mansfield District badgeRufford Explorers Conquer Mount Snowdon

On Sunday 5th November 2006, Rufford Explorers and Leaders, climbed Mount Snowdon. At the start it was cold but nice weather. We were warm wearing several layers. As we started to climb up the Pyg track it got so windy that one of the members got blown over! At the top it was even windier and extremely cloudy. After several photographs and a short break on the summit, the group slowly began to descend the mountain ending the walk in the dark.

I found the hike up Snowdon to be quite scary as I got vertigo and nearly fell off the edge! It didn’t put me off though and would like to do it again sometime as the experience was great! Aaron.
I enjoyed this route as it was different to what I had done before. Emily.
Memorable incidents such as nearly being blown of the summit and sitting in sheep poo. Stefan.
Just a little stroll in the park. It was great fun. Adam.
We were lucky for the first time since I started Explorers (a year ago) it didn’t rain on a camp!!! Katie.