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County Explorer Scout Leader Conference - June 2008 - We’ve been Energised!

Energise 2008 logoSunday 8th June 2008 On one of the hottest days of the year, over 20 Explorer Scout Leaders, Assistants, DESCs, Unit Assistants, etc. from all over the County attended Energise 2008 at the Richard Herrod Leisure Centre, Foxhill Road, Carlton.

The conference was organised by Steve Cree and Malc Skelton to enable Explorer Leaders to share ideas and learn more about Explorer Scouting. The County Commissioner, Kathryn Wills 'kicked off' with an overview of her proposed structure for the County and offered support to Districts and Units from the new County Team.

the morning sessionMany of the sessions were led by Gemma Veitch, Programme & Development Adviser for Explorer Scouts at Gilwell Park and covered The Awards (especially how the D of E and Chief Scout / Queen's Scout awards match 'perfectly'), the Young Leaders' Scheme, Balanced programmes and Moving-in – Moving-on.

the awardsWe looked at all the awards that Explorers can get, but rather than sitting and being talked at, in true scouting style we had to get up and do some work by matching the requirements to each award. Chief Scout, Queen Scout and D of E awards. There were also the redeveloped Partnership awards, Faith, Environment and International that can be done with other Units, Groups or even partnered with other organisations. Then there was the Explorer Belt, a ten day Expedition in a foreign country – Hopefully a County wide one will be happening soon!

the awardsWe then learnt about Young Leaders and how they fit into the groups. Gemma asked us some questions which we answered by putting a peg on a piece of string. Most of us got them right, well those who listened to the questions anyway! After a cup of tea and a Danish bun it was time to talk about the resources available to run Explorers. Have you sent for the new Explorer Scout Membership Packs? Every Explorer should have one. They are great for them to keep track of what they are doing.

lunch timeIt was then time for a superb Roast Beef and Turkey lunch followed by Apple Pie and Custard. During the lunch break, a number of stalls were set up around the dining hall displaying brochures and pamphlets, etc for various establishments catering for various activities. There was time for discussions with other leaders and to exchange ideas as well as pick up information from activity providers and talk to the man from PGL about the activities that they could offer and in some cases at extremely unbeatable prices.

The afternoon was taken up with help on providing a balanced program. To stop us from falling asleep we had to come up with ideas for MIMO (moving in, moving on) how to ease the transition from Scouts to Explorers and then onto Network. And also how to retain Explorers once you have got them. The afternoon tea and cakes helped too!the resources session

The final session was development plans for Explorers within the District with health checkers for us to use to see what we are doing well and what we need help with to improve. We left with idea of what to do and how to make our Explorers even better! We also all went away amply fed!

A big "thanks" to Steve and Malc for organising the event, to Gemma and Heather for coming all the way from Gilwell to run the day, to the County team for turning up to answer difficult questions and get some feedback, and to everyone else who turned up for their contribution to an enjoyable day.

Ian Ellis, Mansfield and District Explorers. and Steve Cree, ACC (10˝-25 years)