24th February 2024
Sign Up for HSX's Lakes Trip at Easter

Join Hampshire Scout Expeditions for their long weekend over Easter to the Lake District and stay at Great Tower. Over the weekend there are opportunities for climbing, hiking and adventurous activities. This (along with a second HSX weekend) can count as your Gold DofE residential. Dates: Travel up in the evening of Thursday 29th March, returning […]

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5th February 2024
Youth Council

We are excited to invite all explorers and scouts aged 13+ to the next Hampshire Youth Council at Cricket Campsite from 10th to 12th May. We'd like to see as many young people from different parts of the county as possible.  Youth Council is a brilliant opportunity for Young People to develop leadership skills and […]

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9th January 2024
Camping Challenge

Hampshire Camping Challenge The camping challenge is a great excuse to get more nights away as an Explorer Scout, Scout Network member, or adult volunteer. It is also a fun and exciting challenge that can be made more difficult with the progression to the extreme camping challenge.  What do you need to do? The camping […]

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4th January 2024
Community Impact - sleep out event

Sleep Out does not aim to replicate homelessness, but rather provides an opportunity for those taking part to learn more of the stark reality faced by thousands of young people each year, whilst also raising funds for Centrepoint’s vital services. By sleeping out, Explorers will widen their awareness of youth homelessness whilst exercising their fundraising […]

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4th December 2023
Hampshire Scout Expeditions

What is HSX?  Hampshire Scout Expeditions (HSX) is a county-based organisation specialising in youth development through mountainous activities and international expeditions. Throughout the year we run numerous weekends across the UK to adventurous locations such as the Breacon Beacons, Lake District, Snowdonia and the Cairngorms.   As well as our regular training weekends, we also […]

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11th October 2023
Ferny Fest 2024

Following the success of the 20th Birthday Camp - Ferny Fest 2024 is back! Bookings are open on the Ferny Crofts Website Date: 23-25 February 2024 Location - Ferny Crofts (of course!) Cost: £50 per Explorer (includes activities, camping and badge) - you will need to add on catering & other costs. Leaders £7 to […]

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26th August 2023
Explorer Leader skills camp

An opportunity for Explorer Leaders to get together and share skills and experiences Date - Sat/Sun 2/3  December 2023Location - Ferny CroftsCost - Free of charge (except optional catering below) This camp will include a number of skills on the Saturday between 10 & 4pm eg navigation, bushcraft, OSM, and expedition skills. Sunday morning will […]

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23rd July 2023
Kudu 2023 - Andover

Kudu - 18/19 November 2023 The County Kudu is an overnight hike aimed at Explorer Scouts. Teams of 4-8 hike through the night completing challenges. When? Sat/Sun 18/19 November. Teams arrive between 5 & 8pm on Saturday evening and depart before 10am Sunday. Where? Vernham Dean Pavillion, (SU 346 564) The Football Pitches, Vernham Dean, […]

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7th May 2023
Chaos Camp

On behalf of the Explorer Scout Youth Team, we are proud to present... Chaos Camp! This is a camp planned by Explorers, for Explorers. Chaos Camp is all about teamwork and problem solving, with lots of team-based and challenge activities over the two days. This camp runs along the lines of 'I'm a Celebrity Get […]

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15th January 2023
Are Your Explorers up to the Challenge?

The Army in the South East Challenge Day is a Multi-activity event that highlights the diversity of military roles and personnel, allowing participants to develop teamwork and leadership skills by competing in military tasks and challenge stands whilst learning about the Army. Participants will work as part of a team from different organisations to solve a […]

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30th November 2022
Scouts Speak Up is back! We have opportunities for adult volunteers too...

February 2023 sees the return of Hampshire Scouts' training events for adults and young people to help them tell their Scouting stories to the media, on social media and to others to spread the word and help grow your group. Taking place at Runway's End Outdoor Centre near Aldershot, it's free of charge. Scouts Speak […]

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5th November 2022
HSX Adventure Race 2022

Calling all Hampshire Explorers and Network groups - are you looking for more adventure, or just want to challenge yourself? HSX are hosting the annual Adventure Race - an orienteering challenge, based at Ferny Crofts. There are different classes for teams of all experience levels. When: Saturday 10th December, 9:30am  Where: Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, […]

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5th November 2022
Explorer Leaders Camp 2022

We're putting on a camp in December to help Explorer leaders improve their skills in areas such as navigation, bushcraft, OSM, expeditions, and more. You'll also have the opportunity to socialise with other Explorer leaders and share ideas. Accommodation has been booked indoors, or there is the opportunity to camp if you're feeling brave! Full details […]

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23rd September 2022
Kudu 2022 - 26/27 November, Denmead

Kudu 2022 (in 2023) - 18/19 March 2023 The County Kudu is a overnight hike aimed at Explorer Scouts (aged 14-18) and Scout Network (aged 18-25). Teams of 4-7 hike through the night completing challenges. Existing teams from the 2022 event can rebook here. When? Sat/Sun 26-27 November. Teams arrive between 5 & 8pm on […]

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7th March 2022
Target Sprint - 7th May 2022

This is a running and shooting competition open To Explorer Scouts and Scout Network The competition requires athletes to run 400m Shoot 5 knockdown targets at 10m, run 400m Shoot another 5 Knockdown targets and then run 400m to the finish athletes entering are required to hold a target sprint safety certificate, if one is […]

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13th December 2021
Camping Challenge 2022

To aim of this challenge is for Explorer, Network Scouts & Leaders to camp for 12 nights between October 2021 and March 2023. Purists will want one night in every month (Jan-Dec) but we are flexible as long as the 12 nights are completed over different months and not all in one block! For those […]

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23rd November 2021
Ferny Fest - Explorer 20

2022 see's the 20th anniversary of the Explorer Scout section. To celebrate we are holding a birthday celebration at Ferny Crofts on the 25th to the 27th of February. Over the course of the weekend there will be activities from climbing and high ropes to riffle shooting and mini golf so there is something for […]

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2nd September 2021
HSX adventure race

After 18-months of hibernation Hampshire Scout eXpeditions (HSX) is back with a bang! We are developing an action-packed programme to see in the new Scouting year. Out first event of the year will be our annual HSX Adventure Race held at Ferny Crofts, Hampshire on Saturday 2nd October 2021. The Adventure Race is a team orienteering […]

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29th August 2021
Kudu 2021

Kudu 2021 - 27/28 November, Romsey The County Kudu is a overnight hike aimed at Explorer Scouts (aged 14-18) and Scout Network (aged 18-25). Teams of 4-7 hike through the night completing challenges. When? Sat/Sun 27-28 November. Teams arrive between 5 & 8pm on Saturday evening and depart before 10am Sunday. Where? Lockerley, nr Romsey […]

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9th July 2021
Got a passion for the planet? Become a Green Young Leader.

An amazing opportunity has come up for young leaders to learn eco-friendly skills so they can pass them on to a new generation. Do you have a passion for the planet and want to make a practical difference to educate younger sections and improve your local environment? Then you should become a Green Young Leader!  […]

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10th March 2021
We want your views: Opportunities in Scouting at 18

When a young person reaches 18 years of age there are lots of opportunities that await them: adult volunteer, Scout Network member, doing the Top Awards, SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation), HSX (Hampshire Scout Expeditions) and other opportunities to stay involved. The problem is not everyone knows about these. Hampshire Scouts are looking at […]

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27th February 2021
Keeping you up to date with Top Awards and Young Leaders.

As an Explorer Scout the world of opportunities really opens up. From taking part in activities across the district to going for your top awards or giving back as a Young Leader there is lots going on. Even in lockdown. With so much going on, make sure you keep an eye on our special sub-sites […]

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1st February 2021
Explorer Scouts at Home: Activities online

As Scouts we love to get outdoors and try new things. But with winter and everything going on, we know its hard to think of ideas of what to do right now. To help you deliver great online Scouting, we’ve pulled together our list of places to find great ideas. Press Play activities These two […]

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1st December 2020
Risk Assessments

scouts.org.uk/volunteers/staying-safe-and-safeguarding/risk-assessments We all do risk assessments or safety checks everyday, for example, when we cross the road. We choose an appropriate place to cross, look both ways and make a decision about whether it’s safe to cross. We know that children and young people learn by doing. Activities encourage the development of young people and […]

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4th November 2020
Kudu 2020

Kudu 2020 This years Kudu competition has been set back by storm Desmond and Covid 19 but that won’t stop us! Teams of up to 6 people from the Explorer Scout section or Network Scout section can compete by completing challenges as a team. From photo tasks to creative carving, physical challenges to crazy contraptions […]

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11th October 2020
Hampshire Scouts Pennants

Click here for the Hampshire Scouts Pennant template Hampshire Scouts have embarked on a new project involving every Section, Group and Unit in Hampshire, bringing us all together as we start to return to normal Scouting. The idea is for each Section, Group and Unit to create a pennant so we can join them together and display them at Activity Centre locations and future events.  We would like your Section, Group or Unit to design […]

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6th July 2020
Support for you: the online activities hub.

We know from the fortnightly Explorer Scout Leader's catch up that looking for exciting programme ideas is a top priority for all of us as we adapt to a programme online rather than a programme in person. Our answer to this was to follow our Scout values and in particular co-operate. So we've launched the […]

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4th July 2020
Keeping the top awards going.

For many Explorers and leaders expedition season is marked in the calendar for good reason. With Coronavirus, we've had to put that on hold with residentials on hold until at least the 25 September and until we return to a green, virus free, situation. Our Open Gold expeditions have been pushed back to 2021. While […]

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18th June 2020
Going for greens: reviewing your programme.

We all like to know when we’re doing a good job and know what we could improve. If we never learn from our failures then we’re doomed to repeat them and we wouldn’t continue to grow as a movement. So how do we know when we’re doing a good job? Thankfully the answer can be […]

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