In 2015 the Region, in partnership with Indo Trek Ltd, organised and delivered a Queens Scout Award expedition for 29 Explorer Scout and Network members aged 16-24 year olds to Java, Indonesia.
Following the success of the 2015 expedition, which resulted in 15 of the 29 participants gaining their Queens Scout Award within 6 months of their return, plans are now being developed for a second Queens Scout expedition, hosted by Indo Trek, to the island of Sumatra, Indonesia for 2018.
This expedition is designed to meet the criteria of the ‘Expedition and International’ element of the Queen's Scout Award, with all young people being given the opportunity to complete the expedition element of the Award, this being the most challenging part of the Award.
As with the 2015 expedition, a series of training days will take place prior to the expedition. In addition, there will be an emphasis on physical training to help ensure that the young people have attained a standard of fitness to enable them to achieve all elements of the programme, which will provide them with a most challenging but rewarding international experience.
As part of the expedition, at the Invitation of the Indonesian National Park office and in association with the Gerakan Pramuka ( the Indonesian National Scout Movement), a team of up to 40 Explorers and Network Members (aged 16 to 24 years old) with four leaders will travel to Indonesia to participate in a cultural and conservation expedition based in the UNSECO World Heritage Park of Mount Leuser National Park, Sumatra.
A total cost which will not exceed £2,900 per participant has been calculated to cover all costs including selection and training weekends, uniform t-shirts and badges, flights, in country costs and project costs with 10% contingency costs. The aim will be to confirm the final cost by July 2017.
Applications are now closed for this event.Author: Gary Bainbridge