EXPLORER Scouts from the 1st Charmouth Scout Group organised a sponsored trek cart pull to raise funds for their upcoming expeditions to Africa.
Starting at their headquarters at the Barrs Lane playing field, the Scouts pulled a 200kg cart to the top of Stonebarrow Hill, polishing off the 4km route in well under an hour.
Five of the Explorer Scouts – Alex Moorey, Megan and Sean Harvey, Mark Pearson-Smith and Alfie Bullmore Jenkins, all Woodroffe School pupils aged between 14 and 17 – are off to Kenya this summer.
They will be undertaking various community work projects such as developing Baragu Health Centre; improving houses for needy families; repairing classrooms and assisting teachers in the Donna Kelly Special Needs Unit; and teaching maths, English and computer skills in local primary schools.
They will also participate in joint activities with Scout groups in local schools, enjoy a safari on the Samburu Reserve and tackle a challenging high altitude four-day trek of Mount Kenya to Pt Lenana (16,355ft), carrying all their own equipment, and visit the grave of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, in Nyeri.
Megan commented: “I’m passionate about helping others, learning about new cultures and different lifestyles. I think it will help me reflect on my own life too. It’s an opportunity that couldn’t be missed!”
Each of them needs to raise £2,200 to fund their expedition and community work. This covers an expedition selection day, training weekends, visas, insurance, transport costs, accommodation, food and bottled water and tickets for various activities.
A further two members of the Scout Group – Lucy and Annabel Mackenney, also Woodroffe School pupils, currently aged 12 and 14 – will be visiting Tanzania in 2020 to conduct their community work projects.
These will include working on building and renovating teachers’ accommodation in a school built by the previous Scout expedition in the remote rural village of Madababa, which has transformed the life of the rural community.
They both have to raise £3,500 and their next fundraiser will be a table-top sale at Uplyme Village Hall from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, March 30. Tables are still available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07932 089 602.
The Scouts have already hosted to Big Breakfast events in the village, as well as bag packing at local supermarkets, a swimathon and the recent cart pull to help reach their totals.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help any of the Scouts reach their targets should contact Scout leader Kevin Payne by emailing email@example.com.
The Explorer Unit is on the look out for new members and has put together a ‘taster’ programme for potential new recruits with events including a night-wide game in Charmouth Woods, pony trekking and paint-balling.
Explorers is open to girls and boys aged 13 and a half and above. For more information contact Melanie Harvey on 07890 540 979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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