Explorer Belt

I’m putting this up so our current Venture Scouts and Rover Scouts can see what’s involved in the Explorer Beltbaz

The Scouting Ireland 2012 Explorer Belt will be based over The Brittany & Western Loire Region.  As well as being a physical, mental and personal challenge, the aim of the Explorer Belt is to get to know different cultures. 

Members of the Expedition Team are currently revising the manual “How to get the most out of YOUR Explorer Belt”, this booklet will be distributed to all applicants following registration.  
The basic elements of the Scouting Ireland 2012 Explorer Belt are as follows
1.     Ten to twelve days of traveling covering a minimum of 300km of countryside through towns and villages
2.     200km must take place by hiking, and an additional 100km may be  traveled using certified public transport
3.     Keeping a log of your journey and experiences
4.     Completing a number of compulsory projects and challenges assigned to you by the Expedition Team
5.     Living on a limited budget
The way in which you carry out these challenges is as important as completing them.  Over the course of the 2012 Explorer Belt you and your team mate must do your personal best and demonstrate that you have done so through the Scouting Method and in line with the Scout Law & Scout Promise.
The destination is The Brittany & Western Loire Region, but you will not know what area until you arrive. You will however be given further detail of the destination at the time of the Compulsory Training Weekend [Friday 6th – Monday 9th April 2012] (Venue will be confirmed upon receipt of applications).  Once in the country, you and your partner will have ten – twelve days to reach base camp from your drop-off point while completing the necessary elements of the challenge.
A comprehensive training programme will be provided in which you must partake [failure to partake will result in you not being permitted to take part in the expedition].  The date for the compulsory training weekend is Friday 6th – Monday 9th April 2012. There may also be an additional half day workshop in May/June – dates to be confirmed.
Information / Communication Process Overview
Regarding the initial Information Meetings (at which you will be required to bring a home contact/family member), the Expedition Team will go through the organising of the expedition in particular covering health & safety measures while on the road.  Regular contact will also be made through postal/email correspondence prior to departure (to a nominated family member).  Following the day of departure, the nominated family contact will be sent a detailed letter giving details of base camp and the route overview along with contact numbers at which the Expedition Team can be contacted. 
For the safety of all involved there will be regular contact between the teams and the Expedition Team Staff, details of how this will work will be discussed at the Information Meetings.  Via this regular contact during the expedition, Family members can pass on messages from home if required.  The Expedition Team will always be available to come out to teams at any time they are requested.
The Explorer Belt is not easy from a physical point of view but with plenty of preparation and training, it is an achievable goal.  It is important that family members and Venture Scout and Rover Scout Leaders support the participants in every way possible through the preparation process.
Payment Schedule
The cost of the expedition is anticipated to be in the region of € 850.00 per participant – however please note that this will not be confirmed until Friday 24th February 2012. 
The typical (yet to be confirmed) payment scheme below will be applicable to all applicants.
a)   € 150.00       Deposit       09.03.2012 [amount to be confirmed 24.02.2012]
b)  € 250.00       Installment   30.03.2012 [amount to be confirmed 24.02.2012]
c)   € 250.00       Installment   27.04.2012 [amount to be confirmed 24.02.2012]
d)  € 200.00       Installment   25.05.2012 [amount to be confirmed 24.02.2012]
Sterling conversion to be confirmed 24.02.2012
All participants must be available for the training weekend and workshop. All payments must be made in accordance with the payment schedule above (cheques/postal orders/bank drafts) to be made payable to Scouting Ireland); failure to do so may result in you losing your place.  
If you are interested, sign-up for what will be one of the most challenging, rewarding and enjoyable experiences of your life by sending in the Generic Booking [available from http://www.scouts.ie/events] along with the deposit of € 150.00 by the 9th March 2012 to:
                        National Events Team
                        Scouting Ireland
                        National Office
                        Larch Hill
                        Dublin 16
On receipt of your deposit you will be forwarded further detail regarding the payments schedule, training weekend & information meetings.
  1. You and your partner must be 18 at the time of the Explorer Belt’s departure
  2. You and your partner must be 20 or under on the 31st August 2012
  3. You and your partner must be an active and registered Rover Scout in Scouting Ireland at the time of application
  4. You and your partner must have experience of camping and serious walking
  5. You both must be comfortable with spending ten to twelve days on the road as a team
  6. You will have to carry all you need on your back, plan your own route back to base camp and provide for yourselves from your limited budget.
  7. Single applications are welcome and the National Events Team will endeavor to pair you with a suitable partner.
  8. Where mixed gender teams are entered / formed please read NE6 [available from http://www.scouts.ie/events]
Pick your partner well! You will have to spend every waking and sleeping minute with this person, on all aspects of the Explorer Belt you are expected to work as a team, so whom you go with is very important. You should also do as much training together before you go as possible as this will help you to work better as a team. 
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