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For my coursework I am planning to see what role Explorer Scouts hold for the young people in the community, focusing, in particular, on the organisation and undertaking of the 'Overland' project.

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Citizenship Coursework -Explorer Scouts Plan: For my coursework I am planning to see what role Explorer Scouts hold for the young people in the community, focusing, in particular, on the organisation and undertaking of the 'Overland' project. The 'Overland' project is a two- day hiking competition for Scouts aged 12-14 and Explorers aged 14-17. It is a 25 mile hike spread over two days with incident checkpoints and an overnight camp. I am researching this because I am interested in seeing how and why this aspect is within the biggest youth organisation all over the world. Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family. I got involved with Explorer Scouts as somebody I know was to become the leader of the Explorer Scout unit in my community. He showed me what I would gain from joining Explorers. This was: " gaining new skills getting a better understanding of people different to themselves knowing they have a difference to individuals in the community increasing self-esteem confronting and conquering their own fears realising that they are a contributing member of the community. " It looked good and I felt I could benefit from it. I am now a member of the Dragoon Explorers. As part of my primary research I would like to find out why the leaders are involved in Explorers. I will also ask about the organisation and undertaking of the practice hikes they ensure the participants of the 'Overland' take part in. ...read more.

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He told them what the Explorers had to be trained to use and what skills they needed. The ESL and Unit Assistants asked for his help as he has participated in the ' Overland' before. It is apparent that the ESL and Unit Assistants enjoy spending their time helping us with the practices and training us up for skills as nobody said that they dislike helping us and generally feel it's the best way to spend their free time. From an E-Mail from one of the Unit Assistants I understand that it is not their responsibility to undertake fund-raising, although this is what I explained earlier. I thought this as the leaders usually take part in fund-raising. The only reason why they do this is because that no-one else is willing to help the Explorers. " As leaders we are not supposed to do any fundraising, and so Carol (District Commissioner) spoke to some parents who maybe willing to take this on. however, they have not ever replied to Sam's (Unit Assistant) efforts to contact them and so have not done anything. In practical terms the leaders usually end up trying to raise money as well as everything else. The leaders have to do it as there is nobody else willing to take it on and we can't survive without it. " My opinion of this E-Mail is that the ESL and the Unit Assistants do not particularly enjoy fund-raising as nobody is willing to help. ...read more.

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If we were to do it again I would ask for more checkpoint practices as that is where we lost most points, especially on knotting skills! If I was to do the 'Overland' project again I would ask for a few more practice hikes. This is because we only did five practice hikes before he competition. With more practice hikes it could further improve our finishing position. If I was to do this project again I would: get more primary and secondary research. It was almost impossible to get any primary research as the Scout Organisation have to keep everything a secret so nobody has more advantage over another team. I did hand out a set of questionnaires to leaders and to Explorers themselves but unfortunately I only received questionnaires back from the leaders. This was bad as the questions on the leaders questionnaires were harder to analyse using different methods other than my opinions. I would also use more than just questionnaires, interviews and E-mails to get information as it is very basic. I would use methods such as discussions as I could then explain my questions so no-one misunderstands the questions. Another one of my weaknesses with the project was including the rights of the leaders. I did use a book from one of my Social Education lessons but it only showed the rights of a school teacher. I also looked on the Scout website but that also had nothing of the rights which leaders have. The only last resource I could use was to ask one of the Unit Assistants by E-Mailing her, therefore this research is not valid it is only a matter of opinion. Natalie Woodland 10CES ...read more.

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