Scouts prepare for expeditions to Africa

Members of the Charmouth Explorer Scouts who will be embarking on expeditions to Africa this summer and in 2020

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 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

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


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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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