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Explorers have been back for two weeks now. We’re all excited for the new programme to drop so until it does we have been playing some old-school games as well as some classic Explorer favourites One week we’ve had merry miming game charades. Frustrating, confusing and amusing in equal measure the Explorers enjoyed this one! One syllable, sounds like Sun. Yep, you guessed it, it was fun. Explorer’s have also enjoyed some firm favourites like dodgeball and bulldog among others. If you’ve never played dodgeball the rules are simple. Just don’t get hit by the ball. The clues in the name you see, dodge-ball. Keep your eyes peeled online for the new programme which should be appearing very soon. It’s going to be filled with creative and exhilarating activities. Is there another organisation where you can find activities like Murder Mystery nights and axe throwing all in the same place? I can’t think of anywhere either.
It was a special occasion this week for our Explorers. Tuesday 3rd was officially 2 years ago that Explorers was formed and joined up with 1st Stretford (Longford) Scouts. Explorers take on a wide range of activities from traditional scouting skills to more adventurous exploits like abseiling. To celebrate 2 years of exciting escapades and cooperation, explorers were treated to a party. It isn’t a party without party food so we put on a spread of treats including, everybody’s fiesta favourite, birthday cake. Fun and games was up next with a lively rendition of pass the parcel giving our explorers a chance to grab themselves a prezzie. Although, I’m told it’s the taking part that counts. This was quickly followed by some fancy foot work with musical chairs. This may, or may not, be true but I’ve heard it said that 90% of all disappointment comes as a direct consequence of musical chairs. Luckily, any down beat Explorers could cut a rug with the best of em’ and dance themselves delirious with a disco to end the night. It’s been an amazing 2 years. We’d like to thank all our Explorers for making it special and leaders for all that they do that has made the last 2 years possible. Here’s to another 2 years and many more!
Our annual Christmas outing for Scouts and Explorers was a huge success. This year it featured laser battles, scaling walls, mountains of pizza and Stormtroopers. Wait, What? That’s right, the Empire appeared to be on their Christmas do on the same evening. What are the chances? Luckily our fearless Scout Leaders quick thinking convinced the Stormtroopers that these were not the scouts they were looking for and happily posed for selfies. The caper began at Laser Quest in the Trafford Centre. After dividing in to teams, the scouts blasted their way through laser fire in a huge fog-filled arena taking part in various games designed to test the player’s strategy and teamwork. When the scouts had finished fighting through laser fire, next on the agenda was a crack at The Rock. The Rock is a climbing simulation which tilts and shifts like a huge treadmill. With 20 climbing challenges varying in difficulty players are scored on reaching the end on their climb. The scouts formed pairs to see who could conquer the wall and test their strength, speed and stamina. I’m tired just writing about it. Having well and truly worked up an appetite, the scouts finished the evening with pizza and lots of it! So, there we have it, same time next year then? All here from the 1st Stretford (Longford) Scouts would like to wish everyone and their families a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
The first full week at explorer was a cook off challenge. The unit was split into groups and given 15 minutes to go into Tesco and buy food for 2 courses one main and either a desert or starter with only £5. Team MEB were victorious with spaghetti carbonara for the main and a delicious home made chocolate cake. The losers were team diabetes with a strange choice of doughnuts wrapped in bacon and gnocchi in a tomato sauce. The runners up had a delicious stir fry and pancakes with chocolate sauce just pipped by teamwork.
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