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Next Stop (in 18 hours…)- Patagonia!!

Next Stop (in 18 hours…)- Patagonia!!

After a great farewell presentation yesterday, wishing their parents and loved ones Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a Happy Birthday somewhere thrown in the mix, the Patagonia team made their way to the airport today, to set off on their 4 week expedition. Everyone in HSX wishes you a safe flight, we hoped you manage to stay occupied for the whole 18 hours, and we look forward to hearing all about your experiences when you get back. Stay safe, take lots of photos, make lots of memories and enjoy every moment. See you at Ferny Crofts on your return!

Phase 2 – Patagonia 2017

Phase 2 – Patagonia 2017

 

The second phase of our expedition is participating in a community project.

As many of you know, our expedition to Patagonia will take place over a 6 week period, Christmas and New Year 2017.

Our expedition is split into four phases, acclimatisation, the community project, trekking and also some R and R.

Scouting has a positive impact on communities across the World. Strong values and making a positive contribution to society have always underpinned our movement. As a movement, Scouting is not afraid to change and while our values remain constant, what we do must evolve to meet the needs of today’s society. All HSX expeditions involve a community project and Patagonia 2017 will be no different.

In previous expeditions, HSX have built orphanages in Peru, monkey enclosures in Belize, schools in Nepal, and reconstructed and conditioned parts of a nature reserve in Malawi.

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So what is our project for Patagonia?

It is not 100% confirmed yet, but after some Chilean Scouts took part in a gap year alongside the National Scout Activity Centres at Gilwell park, we have managed to get in contact with Scouts who are members of Asociation de Guias Y Scouts de Chile, One of the 7 national Scout organisations from Chile, (but the only one recognised by the World Scout Organisation)

Projects are hard work, but the end result is truly fantastic, and the effect the work has, not only on the local community, but also the surrounding neighborhoods, can be life changing.

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If our expedition sounds like something that you  would be interested in… Why not join us on our expedition?!

Please contact us and get involved!

Email: (Patagonia@hsx.org.uk) or stay tuned to the blog for more details.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HSXPatagonia

Twitter: @HSXofficial #Pat2017

Phase 1 – Patagonia 2017

Phase 1 – Patagonia 2017

As many of you know our expedition to Patagonia will take place over a 6 week period, Christmas and New Year 2017.

Our expedition is split down into four phases, acclimatisation, the community project, trekking, and of course some R and R.

The first phase, although titled acclimatisation, is just to catch up on our sleep after a long flight and travel period. At this point, we will not have any altitude to acclimatise to, that will come later in the trekking. We will spend a few days in Santiago getting our bearings, sightseeing, meeting Chilean Scouts, and most importantly stocking up on essentials and food items for our trekking phase.

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Santiago will give the participants a taste of the big city, whilst Chile is sparsely populated, over 40% of Chileans call Santiago home. ‘It’s a wonderful place for strolling, and each neighbourhood has its unique flavour and tone, with many gardens, museums and attractions to see. With a growing economy, renovated arts scene and plenty of eccentricity to spare, Santiago is an old-guard city on the cusp of a modern-day renaissance.’

 

 

metropolitan-cathedral-santiagoJust  a reminder that on June 4th/5th we’ll be holding our first training weekend. We will be camping at Ferny Crofts in the New Forest and have a packed schedule of activities and challenges, and to top it off, we will be finishing with a BBQ!

The weekend will also be an opportunity for anyone who couldn’t make it to our information day to find out more about the expedition.

Details can be found HERE! and sign-up below,  we look forward to seeing everyone there!

https://docs.google.com/…/1zPnPKg5xufmlqUKxuuLdxJb…/viewform

-The Leader Team

If our expedition sounds like something that you  would be interested in… Why not join us on our expedition?!

Please contact us and get involved!

Email: (Patagonia@hsx.org.uk) or stay tuned to the blog for more details.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HSXPatagonia

Twitter: @HSXofficial #Pat2017

Taster Weekend

Taster Weekend

After Taster Day success, we are now going to be holding a taster weekend!

On June 4th/5th we’ll be holding our first training weekend. We will be camping at Ferny Crofts in the New Forest and have a packed schedule of activities and challenges, and to top it off, we will be finishing with a BBQ!

The weekend will also be an opportunity for anyone who couldn’t make it to our information day to find out more about the expedition.

Details and sign-up below,  we look forward to seeing everyone there!

-The Leader Team

 

When: 9.30am Saturday 4 June – 3.00pm Sunday 5 June
Where: Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, Beaulieu Road, New Forest, SO42 7YQ
Cost: £25
What to bring: Sleeping bag/roll mat, cloths suitable for outdoor activities and exercise (including waterproofs, a warm layer and a set of clothes that you don’t mind getting wet), a torch, mug/bowl/plate and cutlery, completed parents consent form (this will be circulated by email before the weekend).

To register your attendance, please use the sign-up form here:

https://docs.google.com/…/1zPnPKg5xufmlqUKxuuLdxJb…/viewform

You can pay for the weekend by cheque on the day (payable to HCSC), or by BACS payment to:

Sort code: 40-46-39
Account number: 51260936
Reference: 98-SURNAME. (E.G. 98-Batstone)

If paying by BACS, please send an e-mail confirmation to Richard Batstone (treasurer)  on richard.batstone@hsx.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please contact us and get involved!

Email: (Patagonia@hsx.org.uk) or stay tuned to the blog for more details.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HSXPatagonia

Twitter: @HSXofficial ?#?Pat2017? ?

Some Useful Spanish Phrases…

Some Useful Spanish Phrases…

With over 427 million speakers all around the world, an official language on four continents, and spoken in over 31 counties, Spanish is the most popular second language. It is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world, only English, Hindi and Mandarin have more speakers. With the sheer number of Spanish speakers and the fact our expedition will take us to a Spanish speaking continent, we thought we would share with you some useful Spanish phrases that might come in handy.

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Good morning – Buenos días (bway nos  dee ahs)

Good afternoon – Buenas tardes (bway nahs  tar days)

Good evening – Buenas noches (bway nahs  noh chayss)

Cómo está? (coh moh  es tah) is “how are you?” if you don’t know someone and ¿Cómo estás? (coh moh  es tahs) if you do know them.

If they ask you how you are, you can say “good, thank you” – “bien, gracias” (bee ayn, grah cee ahs) because you, too, are a polite person.

Don’t ever forget:

Please – Por favor (por  fah vohr) – and

Thank you –Gracias (grah cee ahs).

These are VERY IMPORTANT words in Spanish.

When you are introduced to someone, you say “Mucho gusto” (moo choh goos toh) and they will say the same thing back to you.  It means, “nice to meet you.”

¿Habla inglés? (ahblah  een glays)? – Do you speak English?  While it is never correct to assume that someone speaks English, you can ask if they do and they will like you so much better for asking in Spanish.

And finally Que tenga un buen día!

If your Spanish is a lot better than ours, and our expedition sounds like something that you would be interested in like anything you would be interested in… Why not join us on our expedition?!

Please contact us and get involved!

Email: (Patagonia@hsx.org.uk) or stay tuned to the blog for more details.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HSXPatagonia

Twitter: @HSXofficial #Pat2017