Where,What,Why ..?

Here is a little more detail about us and our Explorer Belt Expedition.
Also see our Event Brochure (PDF)

Who?

All 27 of us are all Explorer Scouts or Network Scouts in the age range 15-19 and we come from across the Northumberland Scout County including Newcastle, Tyneside and Northumberland.  Most of us are used to expeditions and many of us are working for our Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award too. We will also be joined by a number of Ukrainian Explorer Scouts for the Expedition.
We will be supported by 8 of our Leaders from Northumberland and 3 Ukrainian Scout leaders.

Where?

We will be based in the Crimea region of the Ukraine, an area which is renowned for its beautiful scenery and mountains and is an area which still remains culturally close to Russia – Russian is still the primary language rather than Ukrainian.  English is rarely spoken, so we need to learn some Russian too !

When?
We leave Newcastle airport on 18th July and arrive back on 3rd August – 16 days away

What?

To complete the Scout Association Explorer Belt Award we must:
Plan and train for an international expedition as part of a small team travelling through a chosen country (we chose the Crimea)
We must cover a distance of about 100 miles (160 km) over a period of 10 days.
We must complete a major project en route along with several smaller challenges, designed to help us get to know the country, its people and its culture.

Why?

For the Challenge, adventure and fun just like any other Scouting activity ! As well as all that, the Explorer Belt Award pushes us out of our comfort zone and brings a real understanding of a different country, its people and way of life.

How?

We fly to Kiev, take the train to Sevastopol in the Crimea and take part in community activities for 2 days as hosts of Ukrainian Scouts. Our expedition takes us from Sevastopol to Yalta over 10 days, during which we will complete a project and several smaller challenges. We only have £10 each a day for everything we need, including food and accommodation, so we may face some difficult choices ! At the end we have 2 days in Yalta before flying home.