The first training weekend of 2016 will be spent in the snowy Brecon Beacons refreshing the navigational skills learnt in 2015. We will be joining other HSX members on this trip, so again it’s a good opportunity to talk to older members about their journeys and expeditions. Other focuses of this trip will be camp craft, team building, communication and developing fitness. Although Cambodia will not be snowy, managing yourself in the cold conditions will put you in a good position for managing the heat in county.
Arguably one of the best training trips is our visit to the Lake District over the Easter weekend. During this trip the team will be staying at Great Tower Scout Activity Centre and will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities; Rock Climbing, Scrambling, Walking, Abseiling & many more. The main focus on this trip is refining navigational skills and team building with rock climbing as the vehicle. During the evenings of this trip older members of HSX will be running workshops about a range of outdoor topics from flora and fauna to qualifications. These will provide the expedition participants with another great opportunity to learn some more about the outdoors and pathways into working in the environment.
Our June weekend is a purpose fundraising weekend. The team will be participating in the Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre Open Day, where we will be running a BBQ and other fundraising activities. This weekend will be the perfect opportunity for members to refine their presentation skills as they speak to various members of the public and advertise the expedition.
After some hard fundraising over the summer the September weekend will be spent working on survival skills and climbing. We will be spending the weekend rock climbing on the cliffs of Swanage and wild camping out over night. Drawing on their past experiences from training, participants of the expedition will be planning this weekend; everything from transport to food and climbing equipment. This is the first step in developing a participant into a future leader.
This weekend will see the team gain their first outdoor qualification. We will be undertaking a 16hour Rescue & Emergency Care (REC) Level 2 First Aid qualification run by a local provider. The weekend will be based out of Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, and will be specific to our in country schedule making sure everyone is prepared for any incidents that could come up during the expedition.
On the weekend of our departure we will be holding a final weekend; this will be a opportunity to finalise any packing and ensure the team are fully prepared and briefed on the next few days of travel and expectations in Cambodia. We will be joined by the heads of Hampshire Scouting and there will be a final parent’s presentation by the team outlining procedures for when the team are in country and answering any remaining questions.
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