rover scouts

Explorer Belt

The Explorer Belt is the ultimate National Event for Rover Scouts and no other prise 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.

The expedition begins with teams being dropped off at an unknown location. Each team is handed a sealed envelope which contains their project instructions, budget money, mobile phone, base camp location and maps. After this they are left on their own and they have to work out a plan to get themselves to the base camp location while completing all the required projects along the way.  A team of staff constantly monitor the progress of the teams and phone checks are done on a daily basis. When the teams eventually arrive at base camp they can enjoy a couple of days of well earned relaxation. During this time assessments of the projects and log books take place. These are followed up by team interviews to determine that all requirements of the Belt were competed. On the last night a formal meal takes place, at the end of which the successful teams are awarded their Belts.  

The Belt is an incredible experience which will be different for every team that takes part. But no matter how difficult the challenge, the Belt will provide memories that will last long into the future.