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HSX Cambodia – 18 Months of Training. Part 1.

10953434_10153054011928627_7870164709231520512_nUnlike other expeditions, participants of HSX get 18 months of training prior to departure. This is to ensure you get the most out of the experience and help develop you for the future and maybe leading future expeditions. HSX are arguably the most active provider of International Scouting expeditions and hold regular training trips throughout the year to ensure our skills stay fresh and sharp. Amongst the 212 members we have a British Mountain Guide (BMG), Winter Mountain Leaders (WML), Mountain Instructor Award holders (MIA), Mountain Leaders (ML), Single Pitch Award holders (SPA) & Kayaking Leaders; with this great range of qualifications we can cater for any outdoor experience and we use this to provide fast paced, exhilarating experiences for all involved. Whether you’re attending a first aid training weekend, abseiling down a 100metre waterfall, or scaling Idwal Slabs, you’re sure to have an adventure you won’t forget.

For the Cambodia 2016 Expedition, we have developed a unique training plan to suit our trip, making sure participants have the skill set to make their in country experience the best it can be.


After a taster weekend in July, the team will hold its first official training weekend at Ferny Crofts over the 5th & 6th September. The weekend’s aim will be for the team to meet each other and get to know the leaders more, it will provide us with the opportunity to learn more about everyone’s past experience and what they want to get out of the expedition. All of our training weekends will focus around skills needed for the final expedition and the skills we will be focusing on over the September weekend are survival and bush craft. We will be making fires, preparing and cooking food outside, hammocking, looking at first aid and the team will have their first PT session.


For this weekend, we will be heading up to the mountainous region of Snowdonia where the focus will be on walking and navigation – Vital skills to master for our trek in Cambodia. We will be departing Hampshire Friday night before making the journey up to North Wales ready to start activities Saturday morning. For many of the group this will probably be their first time in a mountain environment and the pace of the weekend will put participants in a good stead for more trips in 2016 and potentially completing such awards like Summer Mountain Leader.


This will be our final training event of 2015, and once again we will be heading to Ferny Crofts in the heart of the New Forest. This weekend will be based around the traditional HSX Christmas format. On the Saturday the team will be taking part in the infamous HSX Adventure race around the new forest, were the navigational skills learnt in October will prove handy. This will be followed by cooking the Christmas meal. Sunday will be spent presenting to HSX about what the expedition has been up to and our future plans and the leaders will present to the parents. This weekend is an excellent opportunity for the participants to meet other members of HSX and here about their journey through Scouting and expeditions.


Our training blog for 2016 will be released in the next few weeks, in the mean time, if this has whetted your appetite and you would like to know more, click here: http://goo.gl/forms/8OV6pVz2Ku

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