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Calendar - opportunities and events not to be missed!

County Events - are listed on the main County website
More general scouting events - are listed on
National Explorer events - are listed on ScoutBase
International opportunities - lots of links to this year's events are on ScoutBase

County Activity Team Events

##### CLICK HERE for the 2012 activities programme and booking forms #####

Sailing Instructors Course - c £400 - Plas Menai - contact County Office for dates
Level one powerboat course - c £30 - dates tbc
Level two powerboat course - c £60 - dates tbc
Safety Boat course - c£60 - dates tbc
Mountain Biking - c£12 - dates tbc
Rock Climbing Day - c£5 - dates tbc
Advanced First Aid - 16 hours - c £35 - contact County Office for details
Walking Group Leader Award Assessment - contact County Office for details
Mountain Leader Award Training - 6 days - contact County Office for details
Mountain Leader Award Assessment - 5 days - contact County Office for details
Practical assessment for hillwalking, rock climbing, canoeing, sailing and powerboating - contact the County Office

Programme Ideas

YHA - the Youth Hostel Association
Geocaching - a cool way to explore your local neighbourhood
Tall Ships Youth Trust - a great way to gain your sea legs
Urban Outdoors - resources from
Xscape - snow... skateboards... climbing... aerial assault course... and more
Safer Driving - learn how to survive on the roads. Download the flyers... Arrive Alive pdf (24kb) and Safer Driving pdf (42kb)
Sail O D 1 - Explorer the Solent from Portsmouth harbour on a sailing boat used just for Explorer scouts
International Talk Like a Pirate Day - Shiver me timbers on 19th September every year!
Scouting Songs - Why not light a fire and gather round and learn a few old campfire songs.
What are YOU doing about climate change?

Local Links

Nottinghamshire County - the website for Scouting in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Network - make contact with the next section after Explorers
Walesby Forest Scout campsite - The BIG place to go camping in Nottinghamshire
Sherbrooke Scout campsite - the OTHER big place to go camping in Nottinghamshire!

Newsletter - the County scouting newsletter. Latest and previous editions:
   March 2012  
   October 2011  | July 2011  
   March 2010  
   November 2009

Bivouac - the County scouting newsletter. Latest and previous editions:
    August 2009 | April 2009
    December 2008 | August 2008 | May 2008 | January 2008
    November 2007 | September 2007 | July 2007 | May 2007 | March 2007 | February 2007
    December 2006

National Links - the official corporate website
     Explorers - the official corporate Explorer Scout website
     National News and Support
     Explorer Scout eNews - Issue 1 - April 2007 (90kb)  |  Issue 2 - Sept 2007 (88kb)
     Fantastic deals and offers for all members of the Scout Association.
     Swimming rule changes Dec 2009 - details on Wayne Bulpitt's blog

ScoutBase - all sorts of things to do with scouting including:
     Explorer Scout programme - all the gen on what you should be doing as a unit
     Young Leader scheme - all about how to support our younger sections
     Badges - all the different badges you could be getting
     Uniform - and where to sew them on! (pdf, 12.5Mb) wow that's big!
     Scout campsites - all the registered scout campsites in the country

MySpace - The Explorer Scout MySpace

Duke of Edinburgh Awards - everything you might want to know about the awards

Gilwell Park - the home of Scouting

Scout Shops - the on-line place to buy uniform

International Links

Organising a trip abroad can be a daunting prospect. Rest assured that there is lots of support out there to make it an enjoyable experience for you and the young people. Follow this link to the International pages on Scout base which are packed to bursting with information and advice on travelling abroad as well as opportunities to join already organised trips. You will also find the International Opportunities newsletter which is produced monthly and contains up and coming International events held in the UK and around the world.
Kandersteg - international scout centre in Switzerland
WOSM - World Organisation of the Scout Movement - more than 28 million members worldwide!

Leader Resources

Nov 2007. New Nights Away rules and clarification of existing guidelines. Download the pdf (22kb)
Nov 2007. Read the letter from Chris Brammer about the streamlining of the balanced programme. (pdf 124kb)