Explorer Belt

The Explorer Belt is the ultimate National Event for Rover Scouts and no other prize is regarded as highly as the simple brown leather belt with its compass point buckle that is awarded to successful participants. The Belt is a 10 day expedition that takes place in July of each year in continental Europe. Rover Scouts take part in teams of two, and over the course of the 10 days they must cover 200km’s by foot while completing a number of projects along the way. Not only this, but they must survive on a tiny budget which requires them to rely on the generosity of people they meet en route.

There are two types of projects to be completed. The first are based around the major areas of the Rover Scout programme which are Adventurous, Social, Skills, Environmental and Service. These can cover a whole variety of topics, but all involve interacting with people met over the course of the expedition. The second involve each Rover Scout taking on a number of Personal Challenges. These involve the Rover Scouts investigating an aspect of their own development under the headings of Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual.

Caherdavin has had many teams complete the Explorer Belt over the years, starting with Cathal Galligan and Don Vaughan who went to Italy in 1988. Here is a list of some of the participants over the years:

Cathal Galligan 1988 Italy
Don Vaughan 1988 Italy
Eamonn Kenihan 1994 Scotland
Philip Stack 1994 Scotland
Sean Sheehan 1994 Scotland
Shane Riordan 1994 Scotland
Trevor Connolly 1996 Wales
Bryan Tobin 1996 Wales
Eoin Shinnors 1997 Slovenia
John Harrison 1997 Slovenia
Padraig O Ruairc 2000 Czech Republic
Joseph Laffen 2001 Italy
Paul McNamara 2001 Italy
Barry Kennedy 2007 Poland

(this list is incomplete. If you can add to it please email caherdavinscouts@gmail.com)

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