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Woking Aviators’ Explorer Belt Expedition

























Congratulations to 6 Woking Aviators Network Scout members. Will, Ben, Freddie, Henry, Frazer and Charlie (aged between 20 and 24) planned and embarked on a two-week expedition across Norway in August. Their expedition encompassed a short stay in Oslo followed by a strenuous trek across the Hardangervidda National Park and then a canoe expedition down the 105Km Telemark canal, crossing lakes and through locks while camping en route. They felt as though they had completed 2 Queen’s Scout expeditions in a single trip and returned exhausted, excited and ready for their next adventure.

They completed a major project that was to look at the development of industry in Norway from a wood and pulp based economy through the production of heavy water during the war and ending up becoming a world leading chemical producing society. Their route was determined by a number of historical locations.

They also completed a number of mini projects including searching for a local delicacy, enacting a Roald Dahl book, climbing a lighthouse and a Diceman challenge (asking local people for 6 options, throwing a dice and undertaking the challenge indicated by number on the dice!)

On their way they sampled local food, saw stunning views, paddled in complete silence, met local people, got cold, got wet, saw snow, basked in sunshine.  They borrowed canoes and accommodation from local Scout groups and met local Scouts. They wore their scarves the entire time, and were surprised to be greeted by many people who offered their left hand and the Scout sign (despite not speaking English)!

The team kept the world up to date with news of their travels via Facebook and Twitter where even Tim Kidd (UK Chief Commissioner) commented on their tweets.

The six Aviators delivered their initial presentation to County and District representatives as well as their fellow unit members, who agreed that they should be awarded their Explorer belt. They kept a video diary of their travels and will be producing some short films to inspire others to undertake a similar journey.